NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Houston Baseball saw its 4-0 lead slip away as Tulane scored 10 unanswered runs to win Game 2, 10-4, and even the weekend American Athletic Conference series after the Cougars won the first game of the series Friday evening.
With the loss, Houston fell to 24-17 overall and 6-8 in league play and with the win, Tulane moved to 28-14 on the year and 8-5 in American action.
Houston and Tulane will wrap up the weekend series with the finale set for 11 a.m. Sunday. The game was moved up from 1 p.m. with the potential of inclement weather hitting the New Orleans, La. area later in the afternoon.
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.
A 4-0 lead wasn't able to stand for the Cougars as Tulane scored five runs in the fifth, a run in the sixth and a pair of runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to even the series.
Houston starter Seth Romero (4.1,6,5,4,2,8) fanned eight, but surrendered four earned runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings of work to fall to 4-4 on the year.
Junior reliever Bubba Maxwell (3.1,5,5,3,1,7) struck out a career-high seven hitters in 3.1 innings, but allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk.
The Houston offense had its second straight 10+ hit game, tallying 12 knocks on Saturday. Sophomore Connor Wong led the way with two hits, one run scored and three RBI -- all coming on his fourth home run of the year.
A 0-0 stalemate was erased when Houston used a four-hit fifth inning to plate four runs, highlighted by Wong's three-run home run -- his fourth of the year. Campbell opened the inning with a leadoff single up the middle on the first pitch he saw. After a flyout, Hollis singled into left field -- sending Wong to the plate -- where he gave the Cougars their first lead on a three-run shot to dead centerfield.
After a groundout for the second out of the inning, Davis drew a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI-single by Julks for the early 4-0 lead.
The fifth inning proved to be the offensive inning for both teams as Tulane responded the Cougars' four-run frame with five runs of its own on four hits and two Houston errors. With the five runs, the Green Wave took a 5-4 lead into the sixth.
Maxwell replaced Romero in the frame and struck out both hitters he faced to strand a runner at third.
Tulane added to its lead in the sixth with another run after back-to-back singles led to a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4 Green Wave. The scoring continued in the seventh with two more runs for an 8-4 lead following two hits and an error.
The Green Wave managed to score in its fourth straight inning, plating two runs in the eighth to make it a 10-4 game.
Tulane starter Ross Massey (6.0,10,4,4,1,0) improved to 7-2 after allowing just four runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work.
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