The weekend sweep lifted Houston's overall record to 26-14 on the year and 7-5 in conference play, while the Bearcats fell to 12-26 and 4-8 in league action.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
4 -- Houston recorded its fourth weekend sweep of 2015 (Minnesota, Buffalo, New Mexico, Cincinnati).
4 -- Chris Iriart has hit multiple homeruns in four of the last five series for the Cougars.
4 -- Jacob Campbell belted his fourth homerun of the year and second of the weekend.
6 -- The Cougars have now won six of its nine series played this season.
9 -- Houston has hit at least two homeruns as a team in nine games this season.
9 -- Jacob Campbell tallied nine RBI in the sweep of Cincinnati.
13 -- Chris Iriart broke the American Athletic Conference record with his 13th homerun on Sunday.
25.1 -- The three starting pitchers this weekend (Lantrip, Dowdy, Romero) combined for 30 strikeouts in 25.1 innings, allowing just one earned run.
30 -- Houston has now hit 30 homeruns, the most since 44 in 2010.
Romero (8.2,4,2,0,3,7) struck out seven Bearcats and didn't allow an earned run in 8.2 innings as Houston's Sunday starter. The southpaw allowed just four hits and three walks en route to his fourth win as a Cougar. He is now 4-3 on the year.
Junior reliever Patrick Weigel (0.1,0,0,0,0,1) fanned the final out of the game out of the bullpen.
Offensively, Houston recorded 14 hits -- the most in a conference game this season.
Leading the charge was junior Jacob Campbell as he went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI. Of his three hits, two came on extra base knocks -- a double and his fourth homerun of the season and second of the weekend.
He was followed up by freshman Corey Julks, who drove in two on two hits, which included his first career triple. Junior Chris Iriart continued his prowess at the plate, belting his conference-record breaking 13th homerun of year to drive in two RBI.
Junior Josh Vidales led all hitters with four hits, while scoring two runs. Junior Ian Rice added to the mix with two base hits, including a double and an RBI, while junior Kyle Survance went 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Junior Ashford Fulmer added a hit, stole a base and scored a run.
Houston jumped out of the gates with four hits and five runs in the first inning as three of the four hits were for extra bases. Survance opened the game with a leadoff hit-by-pitch, moved to second on a bunt single by Vidales and later scored on a one-out double by Campbell, giving the Cougars a quick 2-0 lead.
The scoring continued following a Wong walk when Julks found the right center gap for his first triple of his career -- driving in two more Houston runs to make it 4-0. It didn't take long for Rice to follow as he crushed a ball down the left field line, allowing Julks to trot home for the five-run inning.
Romero worked a clean first inning, but had to pitch around base runners in the second and third, but managed to induce inning-ending double plays in each of those frames to retire the minimum through four innings.
Cincinnati would go on to plate its first run of the game in the fifth inning following a leadoff hit-by-pitch and a two-out error by Houston. Leading 5-2, the Cougars tacked on runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to go up 9-1.
In the sixth, Fulmer extended the inning by beating out a fielder's choice and later scored after stealing second when Survance drove a ball into right center. In the seventh, Campbell opened up the frame with a leadoff homerun on a 1-1 count to give the Cougars a 7-1 lead.
Two runs followed in the eighth for Houston when Iriart plated Vidales, after he singled, on a homerun to left field -- his 13th of the year.
Two Houston errors in the ninth gave Cincinnati its second run, but Weigel came in and closed the door for Romero with a game-ending strikeout -- as Romero and Weigel combined for eight on the day.
Cincinnati starter Dalton Lehnen (4.2,7,5,5,2,2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. All five runs came in the first inning.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On getting the series win and if it feels good
"Yeah, we needed a sweep. Every conference game is important. It's not just about sweeping today; it's about getting a conference win. That put us in second place after today, so we play the first place team next weekend. Right now, we control our own destiny. We have to keep working hard and play hard."
On how important the sweep is
"It's big. You have the chance to gain ground in conference play. That's the challenge I put on the team this weekend, is we need to win all three games to put ourselves in a good shot to win this."
On the starting pitching this weekend
"Outstanding effort by [Seth] Romero today. Also yesterday with [Kyle] Dowdy and [Andrew] Lantrip to start the whole thing off. Our pitching was absolutely dominant."
On the pitching rotation and if it feels like it's settling in
"We had the same rotation for a while, except for Sundays. We've kind of been TBA on Sundays, just seeing what happens if we put in Romero to close out a game. [Patrick] Weigel has shown that he can do that little bit. That's going to help us."
Junior Chris Iriart
On hit today
"I was kind of frustrated with my first four at-bats. I just reset and was looking for a strike to hit, I've been swinging at balls all day so it was nice to get a strike."
On what these wins mean to the team
"It makes us feel great rolling into where we are in the season. Postseason is right around the corner and we're trying to make it there. But most importantly we're looking to win on Tuesday and sweep the next series."
On what they did today
"I think we've been capitalizing on the walks we've had and capitalizing on those errors they've been making and using that to our advantage."
Junior Josh Vidales
On win today
"It feels great. I gives us momentum going into the next game on Tuesday atMcNeese State, while also giving us momentum going into the next conference game."
On pitchers settling in this weekend
"It's a great feeling but I think it goes to the hitters too. Putting up runs and giving them the confidence to go out there and throw every pitch for a strike."
On team changes
"More of a team baseball stand point. Team swings and shutting it down with strikes. Just doing anything you can to help the team win. "
The Cougars will play their next four games away from Cougar Field, beginning with a midweek trip to Lake Charles, La. to take on McNeese State at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Following the midweek contest, the Cougars will play at league-leader USF this weekend.
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Along with the online option, fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office at TDECU Stadium Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or can call 713-GO-COOGS.
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