NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Houston Baseball used a 14-hit effort to score 10 runs and took advantage of a four-run ninth inning to earn a 10-6 victory over No. 20 Tulane to open the weekend American Athletic Conference series in New Orleans, La. on Friday evening.
With the win, the Cougars snapped Tulane's five-game win streak and improved to 24-16 overall 6-7 in league play, while Tulane fell to 27-14 overall and 7-5 in American action.
Houston and Tulane will continue its three-game weekend series with a 4 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and wrap at 1 p.m. Sunday. Following the weekend series, the Cougars will travel to Sam Houston Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and host Prairie View A&M at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Corey Julks -- 3-for-5 / 2 R / 2 RBI
Josh Vidales -- 3-for-5 / R / 2 RBI
Connor Hollis -- 1-for-5 / 2 RBI
Joe Davis -- 1-for-5 / R / 2 RBI
Clay Casey - 2-for-5 / RBI
Justin Montemayor -- 1-for-5 / RBI
Connor Wong -- 1-for-3 / 2 R / 3 BB
Michael Pyeatt -- 1-for-3 / 2 R
Jacob Campbell -- 1-for-4 / R
Every Houston starter had a hit and either scored a run or drove in an RBI as the balanced offensive effort led to 10 runs on a season-high 14 hits. Three Cougars produced a multi-hit game and four Cougars had a pair of RBI in the win.
Sophomore Corey Julks had a three-hit night, scored two runs and drove in two RBI, while senior Josh Vidales continued his hot-hitting of late, with a three-hit effort, scoring a run and plating two RBI.
Sophomore Clay Casey added two hits and an RBI, while senior Justin Montemayor drove in a run on a hit. Sophomore Connor Wong extended his streak to nine games with a hit, two runs and three walks and senior Michael Pyeatt added a hit and scored two runs -- while also contributing with the ninth-inning spark -- leading off with a walk.
Houston starter Andrew Lantrip (5.2,10,6,6,1,7) struck out seven, but allowed six runs son 10 hits and one walk in his 5.2 innings of work for the no-decision.
Junior reliever John King (2.1,0,0,0,0,1) took over for Lantrip in the sixth and tossed tossed 2.1 hitless innings en route to his fourth win as a Cougar, improving to 4-3 on the year. King kept Tulane off balanced for the middle innings before handing the ball to junior Nick Hernandez (1.0,0,0,0,1,2), who fanned a pair in the final inning.
Houston jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning thanks to three hits and two Tulane miscues. Wong opened the game with a leadoff single to extend his streak to nine game, he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pyeatt -- who also reached on a throwing error.
Wong later came around to score on an RBI-single by Julks and Pyeatt was plated on a two-out RBI-single by Montemayor.
Lantrip made a statement in the early going as Tulane put runners at the corners with one out before a huge strikeout came and an inning-ending groundout kept the Green Wave off the board.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Tulane tied the game on back-to-back solo home runs off Lantrip.
It didn't take long for Houston to respond and retake its lead when Davis crushed a pitch over the left field wall with one out in the top of the fifth, scoring Pyeatt -- who reached on a fielder's choice to give the Cougars a 4-2 lead.
The home run by Davis was his eighth of the year -- a team-high -- and brings him one home run shy of tying the Houston all-time freshman home run record of nine set by Mike Musolino back in 1986.
Tulane's leadoff hitter reached on a leadoff walk in the fifth, moved to second on a balk and scored on a one-out RBI-single to make it a 4-3 game in favor of the Cougars.
Lantrip found a way to escape the inning by striking out the side in the bottom of the fifth -- recording his seventh strikeout of the game.
Tulane took advantage of two hit-by-pitches to open the bottom of the sixth as both came around to score following an RBI-groundout and RBI-single as the Green Wave took their first lead of the game at 5-4.
With two outs and runners at the corners for Tulane, King replaced Lantrip and the Green Wave added to their lead on a double steal -- leading Houston 6-4 moving into the seventh inning.
After seeing its lead slip away again, the Cougars never let up -- plating a pair of runs in the seventh to tie the game back up at 6-6. Wong reached on a one-out walk and Pyeatt singled. Both came around two score on back-to-back RBI-singles from Julks and Vidales.
Pyeatt led off the ninth with a walk and gave way to sophomore pinch runner Zac Taylor. With one out following a Davis pop out, Julks singled into right center to put runners and first and second. A pitching change and wild pitch moved the runners up a base and Vidales found a hole in shallow left field on a bloop RBI-single to give the Cougars a 7-6 lead -- scoring Taylor from third.
The scoring continued with two outs when Campbell walked to extend the inning, allowing Casey to add to the RBI mix, plating Julks on an infield single. Hollis followed on the next pitch with a two-run double down the left field line that broke the game open at 10-6 -- scoring Vidales and Campbell.
Hernandez came in and closed the door -- preserving Houston's four-run lead with a pair of strikeouts.
Neither Houston or Tulane's starting pitcher was credited with a win or a loss after the game saw three different lead changes.
Green Wave reliever Patrick Duester (1.1,2,2,2,1,1) suffered the loss -- falling to 0-1 on the year after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On tonight's 10-6 road win at No. 20 Tulane
"Well played game. Win or lose that game, we played harder tonight than we have played the entire season. We played like a team with something to prove, which we are going to have to do down the stretch. I bullpen came in and was lights out and we had timely hitting -- 14 hits and 10 runs -- and a big home run by Joe [Davis]. I was proud of them because we would go up, Tulane would tie. It was a back-and-forth game and we didn't quit at any point tonight and if you do that, good things will happen for you."
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