LAKE CHARLES, La. -- No. 22 Houston Baseball won its fourth straight game when it took care of business on the road with a 5-4 win at McNeese State on Tuesday evening in Lake Charles, La. at Cowboy Diamond.
With the win, the Cougars are now 27-14 on the year and have won six straight against the Cowboys. McNeese State fell to 22-19 on the year with the loss.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
0 -- Houston pitching didn't surrender a walk and the Cougar defense played errorless baseball.
1 -- Patrick Weigel picked up his first career save as a Cougar.
3 -- David Longville earned his third win of the year.
4 -- Houston has now won four straight games following the weekend sweep of Cincinnati.
4 -- Connor Wong broke up the 0-0 stalemate with an RBI on his fourth triple of the year.
6.0 -- David Longville tossed a season-long 6.0 innings as Houston's starter at McNeese State.
10 -- Ian Rice singled and walked to reach base in his 10th straight game.
23 -- Kyle Survance stole his 23rd base of the year.
Houston scored five runs on just three hits, but took advantage of three key walks as all three of those hitters scored a run.
Leading the charge offensively was junior Ashford Fulmer, who went 1-for-4 with two RBI on a double, while freshman Connor Wong was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI on a triple. Junior Ian Rice had the other hit for the Cougars, while walking and scoring a run.
Junior Kyle Survance had a key walk in the seventh, stole his 23rd base of the year and scored what proved to be the winning run.
Despite allowing three homeruns to McNeese State, Houston's pitching allowed just seven scattered hits and had seven strikeouts without surrendering a walk on the night.
Junior starter David Longville (6.0,5,2,2,0,3) went a season-long 6.0 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the year.
Sophomore reliever Marshall Kasowski (2.2,2,2,2,0,4) struck out four and allowed just two hits and two runs in 2.2 solid innings out of the pen. Junior Patrick Weigel (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) picked up the save, retiring the final hitter of the game.
A scoreless game was broken up in the fourth inning when the Cougars struck for four runs on two hits and two walks. The inning began when junior Chris Iriart reached on a wild pitch following a strikeout. With one out, Wong drove a pitch into the right center gap for a stand up triple -- his fourth of the year, driving in Iriart to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Freshman Corey Julks would then follow with an RBI-groundout up the middle to plate Wong to put Houston ahead, 2-0.
With two outs in the frame, Rice and junior Justin Montemayor both walked to extend the inning, allowing Fulmer to come through, driving in two with a double -- his second of the year to make it 4-0 Houston.
McNeese State cut into Houston's lead with a solo homerun in the fifth, but Longville was able to get the final hitter swinging in the inning to keep it a four-run game.
Houston added an insurance run in the seventh, which proved to be huge as Survance led off the frame with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Vidales hit a chopper to first base with the only play being at the bag, scoring Survance to put the Cougars ahead 5-1.
The Cowboys homered for the second time on the night with another solo shot in the latter half of the seventh to trim Houston's lead to 5-2. Kasowski took over for Longville and retired the next six hitters he faced before allowing a leadoff single in the ninth.
McNeese State would take advantage of that leadoff runner as it went on to belt its third homerun of the game, a two-run shot to make it a one-run game at 5-4. Kasowski would then hand the ball over to Weigel with no one on and two outs. Weigel induced a game-ending groundout for his first save of his Cougar career.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On the midweek win at McNeese State
"That was a good win for us in a tough place to play. We gave up three homeruns, but I thought we really pitched well. Wind was blowing out and it seems that way every time we play here and they got a couple of homers out on us today. I thought [David] Longville was outstanding in his start and [Marshall] Kasowski has looked good in his last couple of appearances and then of course, [Patrick] Weigel came in and blew their doors off. We had some timely hits and just played good team baseball tonight. We just played good, clean baseball and it should give us some momentum going into the weekend."
The Cougars will continue play on the road when they travel to Tampa, Fla. this weekend for a three-game American Athletic Conference series at USF. The series will begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and continue with a 3:30 p.m. CT start on Saturday. Saturday's game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The two teams will wrap on Sunday with a Noon CT finale.
Single game tickets for the remaining eight home games at Cougar Field can be purchased by clicking here: UHCougars.com/Basetickets.
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.
Houston Baseball offers variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
For the first time ever, the pricing breakdown will be determined whether or not you purchase your single-game tickets online vs. at the gate the day of the game as well as whether the Cougars play on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or weekend (Friday-Sunday).
Weekday: Monday-Thursday; Weekend: Friday-Sunday.
As noted in the table, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday nights) online purchases, fans can take in a game, ranging from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating. If you choose to purchase the day of the game as a Weekday Walk-Up, you will pay roughly $2 more than the online price ($7-$9).
Weekend (Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game, while Weekend Walk-Up pricing the day of the game will run a fan anywhere from $8-$10.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday) and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
HOW TO PURCHASE
To purchase tickets in advance, fans must visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or you can call 713-GO-COOGS.
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