HOUSTON -- A bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning by Connor Hollis sealed a 6-5 walk off win for Houston Baseball in the American Athletic Conference series opener vs. UConn Friday at Schroeder Park.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 29-16 overall and 10-6 in American play, while UConn fell to 24-19 overall and 9-7 in league action. The extra inning game was the first for Houston this season.
Houston and UConn continue its series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m. Sunday at Schroeder Park.
WEEKEND PROMOTIONS / GIVEAWAYS
- Shasta's Kids Club Day | FREE admission for Shasta's Kids Club members with ID; parents can purchase tickets for just $3 using promo code: KIDSCLUB
- GIVEAWAY | Trading Cards (Pack 3 of 4) for the first 500 fans in attendance
- Bark in the Park | Bring your pup to the Park on Sunday | HELPFUL HINTS (PLEASE READ)
- GIVEAWAY | Dog Toy to fans who have a dog in attendance
- Kids Day | Inflatables, Anthem Buddies, Run the Bases after the Game, Postgame autographs from the team.
- Connor Wong belted his 10th home run of the year on the first pitch of the game for the Couagrs to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
- Wong became the first Cougar since Jake Stewart in 2008 to hit 10+ home runs and swipe 20+ stolen bases in a single season.
- Corey Julks led the offense with four hits, two RBI and a run.
- Connor Hollis walked with bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th for an RBI and walk off win.
Top Offensive Players
Connor Wong | 1x5, R, RBI
Corey Julks | 4x4, R, 2 RBI
Jake Scheiner | 2x5, 2 R
Joe Davis | 1x5, R
Connor Hollis | 1x2, R, RBI, 3 BB
Jared Triolo | 2x5
Grayson Padgett | 1x3, 2 BB
John Grimsley | 1x1
Houston Baseball out hit UConn, 13-11, in the game. The Cougars used four extra-base hits as Corey Julks led the offense with a 4-for-4 effort, a run and two RBI. Connor Wong belted his 10th home run, Jake Scheiner tripled and Jared Triolo came up huge with a double in the 10th inning.
Houston starter Mitch Ullom tossed another gem, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in 6.2 innings of work, but was credited with the no-decision.
He handed the ball over to junior reliever Joey Pulido in the seventh with runners at first and third with two outs and Pulido did his job, inducing an inning-ending flyout. He returned in the eighth, but would leave after stranding a pair on walks with two outs.
Sophomore Aaron Fletcher took over in the eighth and struck out the lone hitter he faced to end the frame. He returned in the ninth, but UConn rallied to load the bases with one out. Junior Seth Romero took over and fanned the next hitter, but the Huskies used back-to-back base hits to plate three runs and tie the game and force extras.
Romero returned for the Cougars in the 10th and shut UConn out, striking out the side to send the Cougars to the bottom half of the inning with a chance to win. Romero finished the game, allowing just two hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work to move to 4-4 on the year.
1st | Houston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in bottom of the first, highlighted by a first pitch home run by leadoff hitter Wong. The inning continued when Davis and Scheiner singled with one out before Julks made it 2-0 with an RBI-single, scoring Davis. Scheiner came around to make it a 3-0 game on a passed ball.
4th | The Cougars added to their lead with a run in the fourth after loading the bases. Hollis worked the pitcher into a balk for the game's fourth run.
5th | A leadoff triple by Scheiner and a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat by Julks extended Houston's lead to 5-0 in the fifth.
6th | UConn scored its first run of the game in the sixth after a leadoff double, flyout and infield RBI-groundout.
7th | The Huskies added to their score with another run in the top of the seventh following a single, stolen base and RBI-double to make it a 5-2 game in favor of the Cougars.
9th | UConn tied the game with three runs in the top of the ninth to make it 5-5 and force extra innings.
10th | Julks led off the 10th with an infield single, moved to third on a double by Triolo. UConn chose to intentionally walk Padgett to load the bases with no outs and Hollis worked a bases-loaded walk for the win.
UConn, who was atop the league and among the five-way tie, fell to 9-7 in American action and 24-19 overall with the loss. The Huskies tallied 11 hits and made a valiant comeback with a three-run ninth to tie the game. UConn was led offensively by Isaac Feldstein's 2-for-5 night with two RBI.
UConn starter Tim Cate struck out nine, but received the no decision, while reliever John Russell fell to 1-2 on the year with the loss after allowing one run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1.0 inning.
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