TAMPA, Fla. -- Houston Baseball jumped out to an early lead at USF and never looked back, earning a 7-3 win in the American Athletic Conference series opener Friday to remain atop the league standings at 9-4.
With the win, the Cougars improved to a 28-13 overall record and a 9-4 mark in American action, while USF fell to 32-10 overall and 7-6 in league play.
The weekend series between Houston and USF will continue at 5:30 pm CT Saturday and wraps at 12 pm CT Sunday.
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- Houston now has 39 home runs with 21 coming in American Athletic Conference play.
- Connor Wong belted a leadoff home run -- his ninth long ball of the year.
- Corey Julks belted his third home run of the year -- a solo shot in the sxith.
- Joe Davis drove in a pair on a two-run home run -- his sixth home run of the year and 20th of his young career.
- Houston has tallied 21 games with 10 or more hits.
- 8 of Houston's 9 offensive starters registered a hit.
Top Offensive Players
Connor Wong | 1x5, R, RBI, HR
Joe Davis | 2x4, R, 2 RBI
Corey Julks | 1x3, R, RBI, HR
Jake Scheiner | 2x4, R
Jared Triolo | 2x3, R
Lael Lockhart Jr. | 1x2, R, RBI, SAC
Tyler Bielamowicz | 1x4, R
Wendell Champion II | 1x4
Houston notched its 21st game this season with 10 or more hits, led by three home runs and five extra base hits. Joe Davis led the way with a two-hit night, which was highlighted by a two-run home run. Connor Wong led off the game with a home run for his ninth of the year and Corey Julks belted his third home run.
Houston starter Mitch Ullom was stellar, improving to 6-3 on the year with the win, after surrendering just two earned runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout in 8.0 innings of work.
Ullom managed to retire the first six hitters he faced to set the tone and allow the offense to work behind him.
Sophomore Aaron Fletcher relieved Ullom in the ninth, allowing just one walk, while fanning the final hitter of the game.
1st | Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a leadoff home run by Wong -- his ninth long ball of the year.
3rd | The Cougars added to their lead with a run in the third after Lockhart led off with a walk, took second on a failed pickoff attempt and moved to third on a single by Champion. He later came around to score on a double play ball by Wong.
5th | Houston extended its lead to 3-0 thanks to two base hits and a double play groundout that scored a run. Triolo and Lockhart opened the fifth with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. A double play ball scored the Cougars' third run.
USF plates a pair of runs on a solo home run and back-to-back doubles to make it 3-2 Houston.
6th | The Cougars would respond with a four-run inning thanks to two home runs off the bats of Julks and Davis. With one out in the inning, Julks homered and was followed by a double by Scheiner and a two-run home run by Davis to make it 6-2. The inning continued when Bielamowicz reached on a bunt single, followed by a double from Triolo and an RBI-groundout by Lockhart for the 7-2 advantage.
7th | USF would use a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 7-3 game in favor of the Cougars.
USF fell to 32-10 overall and 7-6 in league play with the loss. Bulls' starter Phoenix Sanders fell to 5-2 on the year after allowing six earned runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work. USF tallied just six hits, led by Garrett Zech, who went 2-for-4 with a run an RBI on a home run.
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