HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball used a 14-hit performance and a dominating pitching effort by Andrew Lantrip to earn a 5-1 win over USF in the American Athletic Conference weekend series opener at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park on Friday.
With the win, the Cougars moved to 21-15 on the year, 4-6 in league play and 16-5 at home this season, while the Bulls fell to 18-20 and 3-7 in American action.
Houston and USF will continue its three-game weekend series with Game 2 slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Game 3 set for 1 p.m. Sunday. Sunday's game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. Following the weekend series, the Cougars will remain at home for two midweek matchups vs. Sam Houston State on Tuesday and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Connor Wong -- 3-for-4 / 2 R / RBI
Joe Davis -- 3-for-4 / RBI
Michael Pyeatt -- 2-for-5 / 2 RBI / 3B
Jacob Campbell -- 2-for-4 / R
Josh Vidales -- 1-for-4 / R
Justin Montemayor -- 1-for-4 / R
Zac Taylor -- 1-for-4 / R
Connor Hollis -- 1-for-3
Lantrip (8.0,6,1,0,0,9) shined once again in his 10th start of the year, holding USF to just six hits and one unearned run in 8.0 solid innings of work. The Livingston, Texas native moved to 5-5 with the win and struck out nine and didn't walk a hitter ... bringing his strikeout-to-walk ratio to a staggering 17:00 -- fanning 68 and walking just four hitters all year long.
The Houston offense was alive all night, tallying 14 hits -- a season-high for the Cougars. The top three hitters in the order in Connor Wong, Michael Pyeatt and Joe Davis combined for an 8-for-13 performance, driving in four of the five runs and scoring twice.
Four Cougars had a multi-hit game, led by Wong's 3-for-4 effort with two runs and an RBI. Davis followed with his third career three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while senior Michael Pyeatt finished the night 2-for-5 with two RBI on a two-run triple. Senior Jacob Campbell also finished with two base knocks, going 2-for-4 with a run.
Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Wong and Pyeatt reached on back-to-back singles. Davis would then drive in RBI No. 34 on the year with a single into left center, scoring Wong for the one-run advantage.
Pyeatt's single in the third inning extended his team-high hit streak to 10 games.
Lantrip had six strikeouts through the first 3.0 innings, keeping USF at bay at the plate.
The Bulls evened the score in the top half of the fourth inning with a single run on two hits and an error -- an unearned run for Lantrip.
Houston quickly responded with its second run of the game, going up 2-1 after Vidales opened the inning with a leadoff double, moved to third on a Campbell flyout and scored on a passed ball.
Houston used a three-run sixth inning to go up 5-1 over USF thanks to a four-hit frame. The inning was sparked by a leadoff single from Campbell. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Connor Hollis and to third on a single by Taylor.
With runners at the corners, Wong singled in Campbell for the inning's first run and Pyeatt then tripled -- plating a pair -- Wong and Taylor -- for the 5-1 lead.
Lantrip worked 8.0 solid innings and entered the ninth, but USF would force a Houston pitching change after the leadoff Bull reached on just their sixth hit of the night.
Junior reliever Nick Hernandez (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) relieved Lantrip and worked the final inning, allowing one hit with one strikeout.
USF starter Phoenix Sanders (5.1,11,5,4,1,2) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On Friday's series-opening win over USF
"It was a well-played game tonight. We played great in all facets of the game. (Andrew) Lantrip, once again, gave us an opportunity. We put up crooked numbers in the beginning, but there were a lot of hits tonight. I'm proud of the way the team for coming out with a ton of confidence and getting the win."
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Houston Baseball has 11 remaining home games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park this 2016 season and fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $99 online by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets in person, fans can 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.
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