HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball used a three-hit 12th inning and dominant pitching to earn a 3-2 walk-off win over Memphis in American Athletic Conference play Saturday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, the Cougars moved to 26-19 overall and 7-9 in league play, while improving to 20-7 at home this season. Saturday's extra-inning game was the first of the year for Houston.
Houston and Memphis will wrap up the three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday and will return home on Wednesday, May 11 for a 5 p.m. contest vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.
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The inning began when freshman Joe Davis opened the frame with his third hit of the game. He was replaced by pinch runner Grilli, who would go first to third on a single into right center by Corey Julks.
With runners at the corners, Memphis chose to intentionally walk Jacob Campbell to face Hollis -- who provided the game-winner.
Houston finished the night with 11 hits, six coming from Davis and Hollis alone as the two each had three base hits. Davis belted his team-leading ninth home run of the year. Julks finished 2-for-5 and Jose Reyes was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Houston starter Seth Romero (8.2,4,2,2,2,6) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but would surrender two hits and two runs in the inning. He would finish with the no decision after allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 8.2 innings.
Romero was replaced in the ninth inning by reliever Nick Hernandez (3.1,2,0,0,1,3), who finished with the win, improving to 2-0 on the year. The righty didn't allow a run and only two hits and one walk in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen.
Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth after a 0-0 stalemate stood until then. The Cougars used back-to-back singles by Campbell and Hollis and a clutch, two-out RBI-single by Reyes to take the early lead.
One inning late, Davis found the top of the accomplishments board in left center with his team-leading ninth home run of the year -- to make it a 2-0 game. The home run by the freshman tied the Houston freshman home run record set back in 1986 by Mike Musolino.
With a 2-0 lead, Romero continued to control the Memphis hitters, allowing just two base runners via the walk to reach through six. He surrendered his first hit in the seventh inning.
With two outs and runners at second and third in the seventh, Memphis uses a double off the center field wall to tie the game.
The 2-2 score stood until Houston broke it open with one run in the bottom of the 12th for the win.
Memphis reliever Connor Alexander (3.0,5,1,1,2,2) suffered the loss, falling to 2-6 on the year.
Sophomore Connor Hollis
On the walk-off win over Memphis
"We have a great group of guys over here. Winning a game like that is just a lot of fun. If you are winning, you are having fun. With the chance I had right there in the 12th, I had all my teammates behind me. We got guys on base, bases loaded with no outs. The stage was set. It was bound to happen."
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Houston Baseball has five remaining home games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park this 2016 season and fans can purchase single-game and group tickets by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets in person, fans can 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.
Houston Baseball will offer variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
As noted in the table above, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) games, prices range from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating.
Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) and Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
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