MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Houston Baseball trailed late, but rallied once again and found a way to win, 9-8, in the series finale Saturday at Memphis to bring home a series victory in American Athletic Conference play.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 25-10 overall and 6-3 in league play, while Memphis fell to 21-15 overall and 3-6 in American action.
The Cougars return to the Houston area and will meet Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. First pitch slated for 7 p.m. Houston will then host Tulane in a three-game series at Schroeder Park next weekend.
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- Corey Julks extends his on-base streak to 19 straight games with his walk in the seventh.
- Nick Slaughter belted his first career home run -- a three-run shot.
- Houston has now hit 30 total home runs and 14 in American Athletic Conference games.
Top Offensive Players
Nick Slaughter | 1x4, R, 3 RBI, HR
Joe Davis | 2x3, 2 R
Jake Scheiner | 1x1, 2 RBI
Tyler Bielamowicz | 2x4, R, RBI
Jared Triolo | 0x2, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Lael Lockhart Jr. | 1x4, 2 R, RBI, BB
Houston tallied eight hits in the win, led by Slaughter's three-RBI on his first career home run. Scheiner drove in a pair of RBI on a pinch-hit single, while Lockhart, Triolo and Bielamowicz also picked up RBI in the win.
Starter John King allowed four runs on seven hits with one walk in 5.2 innings, but left with a lead, eventually being granted the no-decision.
Reliever Joey Pulido tossed the final 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits and two runs with four strikeouts for the win -- improving to 2-2 on the season.
4th | Houston jumped out to a 5-0 lead on five hits in the fourth. Davis opened the frame with a leadoff single and with one out, Lockhart singled to move to Davis to third to set up a sacrifice fly situation for Triolo, who plated the game's first run on a deep fly ball to left field.
Up 1-0 with two outs, Champion extended the inning with a walk before Bielamowicz made it 2-0 on an RBI-single into right center, scoring Lockhart. Slaughter than put a stamp on the inning with his first career home run -- a three-run shot over left field wall, scoring Champion and Bielamowicz to make it a 5-0 game.
6th | Memphis scores seven runs on six hits, including a two-out grand slam to take the lead on Houston, 7-5.
7th | Houston responded to Memphis' big inning with a four-run seventh to retake the lead at 9-7. The inning began when Hollis reached on an error. Four straight walks followed as Lockhart and Triolo each picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk. Scheiner came in to pinch hit and would put the Cougars ahead with a two-run single.
8th | Memphis used a two-out solo home run to make it a one-run game at 9-8 in the bottom of the eighth.
Memphis fell to 21-15 overall and 3-6 in league play with the series loss. The Tigers out hit Houston, 10-8, led by Chris Carrier's sixth-inning grand slam. Memphis reliever Colton Neel suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three walks.
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