NEW ORLEANS, La. -- No. 20 Houston Baseball dropped its American Athletic Conference series opener at Tulane, 3-1, on Friday evening, despite Cougar starter Andrew Lantrip striking out 10 in the effort.
Houston fell to 30-16 on the year and 9-7 in league play, while Tulane won its fifth straight game to improve to 29-16 and 9-7 in conference action.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
3 -- Houston starter Andrew Lantrip struck out 10 and notched his third straight start with 10 or more strikeouts.
15 -- Ian Rice led off the third inning with a bunt single to extend his on base streak to 15 games.
Lantrip (6.2,8,3,2,0,10) made his 10th quality start of the year and would unfortunately suffer the loss after tossing 6.2 innings, allowing two earned run on eight scattered hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts to fall to 6-3 on the year.
With his 10 strikeouts tonight, Lantrip has now struck out 10 or more hitters in each of his last three starts -- 10 at Tulane, 13 at USF, 10 vs. Cincinnati -- and in all three -- he is 0-1 with two no decisions.
The offense was held to just six hits as junior Kyle Survance led the way with two base hits. Junior Ashford Fulmer drove in the Cougars' lone run on a sacrifice fly and freshman Connor Wong singled and scored. Junior Jacob Campbell, junior Ian Rice and sophomore Jordan Stading all added base hits.
Houston struck for the game's first run in the top of the fifth after Wong led off the frame with a single into centerfield, moved to second on a walk by Rice and up to third on a passed ball by Tulane's Corey Merrill. Fulmer drove a pitch into right field, scoring Wong on the sacrifice fly to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Lantrip had retired 10 straight Tulane hitters until the leadoff hitter reached on a hit-by-pitch in the sixth inning. He had also held the Green Wave hitless since the second frame until a one-out single in the sixth put runners at first and second as Houston held on to a 1-0 lead.
Tulane tied the game on a pair of hits in the inning, after the leadoff hitter reached on free pass.
The Green Wave would take advantage of two hits and two Houston errors to plate two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to break open the 1-1 tie and never look back.
The Cougars threatened in the top of the eighth, loading the bases following a walk, hit-by-pitch and single, but back-to-back strikeouts by Tulane kept Houston off the board late.
Sophomore Marshall Kasowski (1.1,0,0,0,0,2) pitched 1.1 hitless innings with two strikeouts in relief of Lantrip for Houston.
Tulane starter Merrill (7.0,4,1,0,3,6) earned the win, allowing no earned runs on four hits with three walks issued and six strikeouts record in 7.0 innings of work to improve to 4-3 on the year.
Green Wave reliever Ian Gibaut (2.0,2,0,0,2,4) picked up the save, his sixth of the year, tossing 2.0 shutout innings with four strikeouts in relief.
The Houston-Tulane series will continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. and wrap on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Single game tickets for the remaining seven home games at Cougar Field can be purchased by clicking here: UHCougars.com/Basetickets.
Along with the online option, fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office at TDECU Stadium Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or can call 713-GO-COOGS.
Houston Baseball offers variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
For the first time ever, the pricing breakdown will be determined whether or not you purchase your single-game tickets online vs. at the gate the day of the game as well as whether the Cougars play on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or weekend (Friday-Sunday).
Weekday: Monday-Thursday; Weekend: Friday-Sunday.
As noted in the table, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday nights) online purchases, fans can take in a game, ranging from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating. If you choose to purchase the day of the game as a Weekday Walk-Up, you will pay roughly $2 more than the online price ($7-$9).
Weekend (Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game, while Weekend Walk-Up pricing the day of the game will run a fan anywhere from $8-$10.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday) and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
HOW TO PURCHASE
To purchase tickets in advance, fans must 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. or you can call 713-GO-COOGS.
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.
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For more information on joining the Dugout Club, please contact the Houston Baseball office at (713) 743-9396.
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