HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball was never able to overcome an early deficit, falling 7-1 to Tulane in Game 1 Friday of the three-game American Athletic Conference series at Schroeder Park.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 25-12 overall and 6-4 in league play, while Tulane improved to 20-19 overall and 8-2 in American action.
The Cougars and Green Wave continue their three-game series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and wrap at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can follow along via live video, audio or live stats at UHCougars.com/gameday.
To purchase tickets, visit uhcougars.com/tickets or call 713-GO-COOGS. Gates open two hours prior to first pitch.
- GIVEAWAY | Trading Cards (First 500 Fans)
- KIDS DAY | Every Sunday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park, kids will be able to run the bases following the game and enjoy postgame autographs
- Corey Julks extends his on-base streak to 21 straight games with his single in the seventh.
- Julks belted his second home run of the year.
- Houston has now tallied 31 home runs and 15 in conference play alone.
Top Offensive Players
Corey Julks | 2x4, R, RBI, HR
Houston was led offensively by Corey Julks -- who belted his second home run of the year -- a two-out, solo shot in the bottom of the ninth. The Cougars were held to just four hits on the night, led by Julks' two-hit day. Connor Wong and Tyler Bielamowicz also had a hit.
Sophomore Mitch Ullom slid into the Friday start after projected starter Trey Cumbie was under the weather. Ullom allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. He fell to 5-3 on the year with the loss.
Freshman Fred Villarreal took over in the sixth, tossing 2.2 innings. The righty allowed four runs on four hits with two walks. He handed the ball to sophomore Nolan Bond, who allowed a home run -- a three-run shot -- and struck out one in 1.0 inning of work.
1st | Tulane jumped out on top with a run in the top of the first on two hits and two walks.
5th | The Green Wave added to their lead with a run in the fifth following a double and an RBI-single.
7th | Tulane would continue to build on its lead by scoring its third run of the game in the seventh on a leadoff solo home run by Jake Willsey.
9th | Tulane continued to pad its lead as another solo home run by Willsey made it a 4-0 game and after two walks, the Green Wave used a three-run home run to break open the game at 7-0.
A two-out solo home run by Julks in the bottom of the ninth broke up the shutout.
Tulane improved to 20-19 overall and remained in first place as the league leader with an 8-2 mark. The Green Wave used six extra base hits, including three home runs to earn a win in Game 1 of the series. Tulane was led by Jake Willsey with two home runs and three hits, while Jarret DeHart belted a three-run home run.
Starter Corey Merrill tossed 8.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits with three walks to earn the win.
SINGLE GAME TICKETS
Single game tickets are on sale at uhcougars.com/tickets. Fans can enjoy a few single game tickets options for the 29 homes games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park during the 2017 season.
SUNDAY FAMILY PACK
An attractive Sunday Family Pack is available, allowing fans to purchase a Family Pack for Four for just $30 to any Sunday game at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park in 2017.
The Family Pack features four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four popcorns to any Sunday home game for $30.
In order to purchase this deal, the purchaser must CLICK HERE use the promo code: FAMILYPACK.
Stay up to date with all Houston Baseball news and highlights by following us on Twitter @UHCougarBB or on Facebook at /HoustonCougarBaseball. Fans can also follow head coach Todd Whitting @toddwhitting on Twitter.