HOUSTON -- No. 21 Houston Baseball used a 12-hit effort and solid pitching to earn a 9-2 midweek win over McNeese State on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Cougar Field.
The win lifted Houston's overall record to 33-16 on the year, winning now its third straight, while McNeese State fell to 28-21 and its five-game win streak was snapped.
The showdown against both first place teams will take place this weekend at Cougar Field in a three-game series, set to begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's 4 p.m. game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network and Sunday's finale will be played at Noon. For tickets to the weekend series, visit: UHCougars.com/Basetickets
NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 -- True freshman Corey Julks belted his first career homerun.
2 -- Patrick Weigel picked up his second career save as a Cougar.
3 -- Houston had three sacrifice flies in the game.
5 -- Houston had five stolen bases -- Fulmer (2), Survance (2), Iriart (1).
12 -- Kyle Survance walked and has reached base in 12 straight games.
16.1 -- David Longville tossed 16.1 scoreless innings, dating back to last start vs. Sam Houston State, before allowing an unearned run in the eighth.
28 -- Kyle Survance stole his team-leading 27th and 28th base of the year -- the single-season record at Houston is 36.
35 -- Houston has now hit 35 homeruns as a team, most since 44 back in 2010.
44 -- Houston's pitching has held its opponents scoreless in 44 of the last 48 innings, dating back to April 26 at USF.
Houston tallied 12 hits, while its pitching staff held McNeese State to just five on the night.
Leading the way offensively was junior Josh Vidales, who had three hits and drove in two runs on his third triple of the year., while scoring a run. Junior Kyle Survance had a hit, scored twice and drove in three runs on a two-run single and sacrifice fly -- while swiping two bases to increase his season total to 28 on the year.
Freshman Corey Julks had two hits, which included his first career homerun as a Cougar. Juniors Chris Iriart and Ashford Fulmer each had two hits and drove in a run. Junior Jacob Campbell had an RBI and hit and junior Justin Montemayor added a hit and scored a run.
Houston starter David Longville (7.1,4,2,0,1,3) went 7.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts to earn the win -- improving to 5-2 on the year -- winning his third straight start.
Longville held McNeese scoreless through 7.1 before allowing a run in the eighth inning. With that scoreless streak, the had tossed 16.1 shutout innings, dating back to last week's complete game shutout vs. Sam Houston State.
Junior reliever Patrick Weigel (1.2,1,0,0,0,2) struck out two and went 1.2 innings out of the pen to earn the save -- his second as a Cougar. He took over for Longville in the eighth with two on and a 4-2 game.
Survance opened the bottom of the first with a leadoff walk, stole second -- his 27th of the year and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Vidales, allowing Iriart to drive in Survance with a sacrifice fly to center field for the game's first run -- putting Houston up 1-0 after the first inning.
The Cougars struck for three more runs in the second, led by Julks -- who belted his first career homerun to open the frame to extend the lead to 2-0. Freshman Connor Wong and junior Ian Rice would both reach in back-to-back plate appearances after a hit-by-pitch and walk put runners at first and second with no outs. Montemayor would move the runners up a base on a sacrifice bunt, allowing Fulmer to drive in the game's third run on a single through the left side. Survance would put Houston ahead, 4-0 in the next at-bat, scoring Rice on a sacrifice fly to right field.
McNeese State was held scoreless through 7.1 innings before a three-hit eighth inning led to two unearned runs after the first hitter reached on a throwing error. Longville was relieved with two on and one out for Weigel, who struck two out in the inning to strand two in scoring position.
Houston didn't let up after a two-run Cowboy rally as it went on to plate five runs in the eighth inning to go up 9-2 and never look back. The inning began when Rice reached on a throwing error. Montemayor and Fulmer followed up with back-to-back singles, allowing Survance to drive in two on a single up the middle to make it 6-2. Fulmer and Survance moved up bases on a double steal for Vidales, who plated the pair on a triple into the right field corner -- extending Houston's lead to 8-2. With one out in the inning, Campbell scored Vidales for the Cougars' ninth and final run on a sacrifice fly.
McNeese State starter Steven O'Bryant (1.0,0,1,1,1,1) allowed a run and would suffer the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
Overall thoughts on the game
"Another good start by [David] Longville. He got into a little trouble there in one inning with a couple of balls. Other than that, on a tough night to pitch with the wind blowing out, I thought he did a really good job of keeping the ball down. What little momentum they had, we did a good job of shutting them down. Offense played well. We left a few guys on early, but when they scored, we came back and scored five runs there. That what's good teams do, they come back so I'm really proud of our team."
Second Baseman Josh Vidales
On what it means to get the win midweek before going into a series
"It's a big motivation. A big momentum, actually, going into this weekend series up against ECU. We're both tied for first. This could have easily been a trap-game for us. It just feels good to come out here and see 12 hits up on the board going into this weekend."
On what the mindset was when they gave up the two runs
"Whenever we gave up those two runs it hurt. They're coming within two runs in the game, but us bouncing back showed big maturity in our team."
On what was working for him at the plate
"I just have to be more aggressive with a fastball early in the count. Coach Whitting and I talked about it earlier in the game - shortening my swing with two strikes."
On the starting pitching's effort in the win
"David [Longville] will go out there and throw strikes. Work ahead of hitters and let his defense work behind him. That's exactly what he did tonight, just like he did against Sam Houston State last week."
Houston will welcome East Carolina to Cougar Field for a pivotal three-game weekend series this weekend as both teams are currently tied for first place in the American Athletic Conference.
Salute to Service Weekend
All active or past military (with ID) will receive $4 admission into each game -- only at Cougar Field ticket window.
Friday - 6:30 pm
Saturday -- 4 pm (Nationally-televised on CBS Sports Network) -- First 250 Fans -- Salute to Service Rally Towel
Sunday -- Noon
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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
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