HOUSTON -- After battling rain in the area all game, Houston Baseball was able to edge out USF in a rain-shortened series finale, 7-5, on Sunday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park to win the weekend conference series.
With the win, the Cougars move to 22-16 overall and 5-7 in American Athletic Conference action, while USF falls to 19-21 and 4-8 in league play.
Due to the rain and travel curfew for the Bulls, the game was officially called after five innings played.
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.
Sophomore Corey Julks sparked the Houston offense with his second home run of the year -- blasting a three-run home run to propel the Cougars to a decisive four-run fourth inning.
Julks finished the day, 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run to lead the offense, followed by sophomore Connor Wong's 1-for-2 day with a run and RBI. Senior Justin Montemayor added an RBI on a sacrifice fly and senior Josh Vidales and sophomore Clay Casey each score a run and add a hit in the win.
Freshman starter Mitch Ullom (3.2,5,2,0,0,3) struck out three and didn't allow an earned run or walk with five hits surrendered in 3.2 innings. He is credited with the no-decision.
Junior Bubba Maxwell (1.1,1,3,0,1,2) worked the final 1.1 innings of work and earned his first win of the year -- after allowing one hit, no earned runs with one walk and two strikeouts.
Houston scratched across a single run in the first and second innings to go ahead 2-0 early. Wong opened the game with a leadoff single and moved to third following singles from Davis and Julks. Montemayor plated Wong on a sacrifice fly to put the Coogs ahead by a run.
The scoring continued in the second inning when Casey led off the frame with a single and came around to score on an RBI-groundout by Wong.
Ullom made a statement in the first inning, striking out the side -- the first time he has accomplished that in his young career.
He held USF scoreless until the Bulls plated a pair of unearned runs to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the third inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Vidales tripled for his fourth extra base hit of the weekend and came around to score on a throwing error by the Bulls to make it 3-2 in favor of the Cougars.
Houston posted a four-spot in the fourth -- highlighted by a three-run home run by Julks -- his second of the year. Hollis added the first run of the inning after walking and scoring on a wild pitch. Julks made it a 7-2 game after USF's pitching staff issued three walks in the inning, including an intentional one to Davis just before Julks' long ball.
USF would make things interesting in the top of the fifth after two errors led to three unearned runs in the inning for the Bulls -- making it a 7-5 game before it was officially called due to another lightning delay.
Bulls' starter Joe Cavallaro (3.2,6,5,4,2,2) suffered his first loss of 2016, after surrendering five earned runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
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