NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Houston Baseball broke open a 3-3 game late in Game 2 to earn a doubleheader split at Tulane. The Cougars fell in Game 1 Sunday, 2-0 before earning a 5-3 win in the series finale in New Orleans, La.
With the split and a series finale win, the Cougars improved to 21-14 overall and 7-5 in American Athletic Conference play, while Tulane moves to 16-21 overall and 6-6 in league play.
- Aaron Fletcher tossed his second career complete game in Game 1 of the DH.
- Ryan Randel went a career-long 6.0 innings and tied his career-high with seven strikeouts.
- Nick Slaughter picks up the big, two-run single in the ninth to lift Cougars to Game 2 win.
GAME 1: Tulane 2, Houston 0
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
Cooper Coldiron | 1x3, 2 SB
Connor Hollis | 1x3
Aaron Fletcher | 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Junior Aaron Fletcher tossed his second career complete game, allowing just one earned run on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
Despite just allowing one earned run, Fletcher suffered the unfortunate loss, falling to 4-2 on the year.
3rd | Tulane takes a 1-0 lead in the third on a pair of hits, including a two-out RBI-single up the middle.
6th | The Green Wave added to their lead in the sixth following back-to-back hits, a sac bunt and a throwing error by the Cougars to make it 2-0.
GAME 2: Houston 5, Tulane 3
Nick Slaughter drove in two RBI in the top of the ninth to break open the 3-3 game to give the Cougars a 5-3 advantage.
Connor Hollis and Jared Triolo each had a two-hit game with an RBI and Lael Lockhart Jr. plated a run on a bases loaded walk. Grayson Padgett and Wendell Champion along with Landon Etzel each scored a run.
Ryan Randel | 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Kyle Ott | 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
[W] Carter Henry | 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
[S] Lael Lockhart Jr. | 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Junior starter Ryan Randel went a career-long 6.0 innings and fanned a career-tying seven, while allowing two earned runs and three walks in his eighth start of the year at Tulane.
He was relieved in the seventh by senior Kyle Ott, who allowed two hits with a strikeout in 1.0 inning of work.
Sophomore reliever Carter Henry took over in the eighth and worked his way out of a bases loaded jam by striking out the side in the frame. He went on to toss 1.0 shutout inning, allowing just one hit with two walks, while fanning three for the win. He improved to 4-1 on the year.
Lael Lockhart Jr. tossed the final inning with two strikeouts to earn his second save of the year.
6th | Tulane broke open the 0-0 stalemate in the sixth with a pair of runs following a bases-loaded infield single and a throwing error.
7th | Houston found the scoreboard for the first time on Sunday when it plated three runs in the seventh inning. The inning began with a lead off single by Grayson Padgett. With one out, Wendell Champion walked and pinch hitter Landon Etzel was hit to load the bases.
Connor Hollis drew a bases loaded walk for the Cougars' first run, followed by an RBI-single by Jared Triolo to tie the game at 2-2 before Lael Lockhart Jr. walked with the bases loaded to give Houston the 3-2 lead.
Tulane would used a two-out single through the left side to tie the game back up at 3-3 in the seventh.
9th | Houston took the lead in the ninth, highlighted by a two-run single by Nick Slaughter. Scoring on the play was Connor Hollis, who walked and Triolo, who singled and moved to second on a Lockhart walk.
Houston Baseball will return to Schroeder Park at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when it welcomes Sam Houston State to town for the first game of the 2018 Don Sanders Cup.
The Cougars will then travel to Huntsville on Wednesday to face the Bearkats in the rescheduled game from earlier this season. First pitch at 6:30 p.m.
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