HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball wasn't able to overcome a hot start by USF, falling 4-1, on Saturday evening at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park in American Athletic Conference play.
The series is now tied with the rubber game set for 1 p.m. Sunday. Houston moves to 21-16 on the year and 4-7 in league play with the loss and USF moves to 19-20 overall and 4-7 in American action with the win.
Houston and USF will wrap up the weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on 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.
PARKING INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY'S GAME
The University of Houston is once again serving as the host for the annual March for Babies walk. Organized by the March of Dimes, the walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, and will take place on the east side of campus. Students, faculty and staff planning to be on or near campus this weekend should expect delays and closures in the following areas:
Calhoun, between Entrance 19 and University Drive, will close at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, and reopen at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.
Spur 5, between Elgin and University Drive, will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 24.
University Drive will be closed from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.
Cullen, between Elgin and Wheeler, will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 24.
Elgin, between Cullen and Spur 5, will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 24.
Surface parking lots 20A, 20C and 21B will be closed beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 22. They will remain closed until late Sunday evening. Owners are advised to move their vehicles before this time. Vehicles parked in these lots after they've closed will be relocated to lot 18A at the owner's expense.
The East Parking Garage will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 24.
Please note that as a result of these closures, parking lots 1B, 1C and 1D will be inaccessible from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, while parking lots 1E and 19A will be inaccessible from 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, until 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.
USF grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the second inning after a walk and hit-by-pitch gave way to a three-run home run for the Bulls. At that point, the score stood until USF managed to add another run in the fifth -- an unearned run -- following two singles and an error to make it 4-0.
Houston out hit USF, 7-5, but could only find a way to plate one run in the seventh.
Senior Josh Vidales led the offense with three of Houston's seven hits as he finished 3-for-4 with the lone Houston run -- scoring on a USF balk call.
Sophomore starter Seth Romero (8.0,5,4,3,1,7) suffered the loss, falling to 4-3 on the year. The southpaw fanned seven and allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk in 8.0 innings of work.
Junior reliever John King (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) pitched the ninth inning for Houston.
USF starter Brandon Lawson (7.0,6,1,1,2,2) allowed just one run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts to earn the win for the Bulls. Teammate Tommy Eveld picked up his eighth save of the year.
JOIN THE DUGOUT CLUB
Nationally-ranked Houston Baseball would like to encourage those wishing to support the efforts and success of the baseball student-athletes to consider joining the Dugout Club for as low as $25 a month or $300 annually.
For a minimum monthly installment of $25 or a minimum one-time gift of $300, supporters can take advantage of the Pinch Hitter level, which will guarantee an invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball team apparel.
For a minimum monthly installment of $100 or a minimum one-time gift of $1,000, supporters can take advantage of the Diamond level, which will guarantee batting practice passes for two to any home game, invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball apparel.
**Cougar Pride points will be applied accordingly.
For more information on joining the Dugout Club, please contact the Houston Baseball office at (713) 743-9396.
For more information regarding Cougar Pride, please call (713) 743-GOUH
BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
Houston Baseball has 10 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.
Houston Baseball will offer variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
As noted in the table above, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) games, prices range from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating.
Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) and Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season baseball home games with a valid student ID.
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