HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball jumped out to an early lead and rode the arm of freshman Mitch Ullom to earn a 6-2 win over Memphis on Sunday to claim the American Athletic Conference weekend series at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 27-19 on the year and 8-9 in American action
Houston will return to action on Tuesday at Rice. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. The Cougars will then host Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Monday's game at Lamar has been canceled.
ON THE BUMP BREAKDOWN
Mitch Ullom -- 9.0 IP / 4 H / 2 R / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K
Ullom (9.0,4,2,1,2,5) shined in his ninth start of the year, holding Memphis to just two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in his second career complete game. He managed to keep the Tigers off the board from the second inning on. With the win, the freshman moved to 6-2 on the year.
Houston out hit Memphis, 9-4, led by senior Jacob Campbell and freshman Joe Davis each with a two-hit, two-RBI day. Adding an RBI was senior Josh Vidales and scoring a run and tallying a hit was sophomore Connor Wong and senior Michael Pyeatt.
Memphis took an early 1-0 lead after posting two hits in the first inning.
Houston didn't let Memphis' lone run in the first prevent any early momentum as the Cougars went on to plate three runs on four hits. The scoring began when Wong and Pyeatt reached on back-to-back singles to open the frame and came around to score on a double down the left field by from Davis.
Davis moved to third on a groundout by sophomore Corey Julks and made it a 3-1 game on an RBI-single from Campbell.
Memphis used a leadoff single, a stolen base and passed ball to trim the Cougars' lead to one at 3-2 before Houston responded once again with its fourth run in the second inning. Senior Justin Montemayor led off being hit-by-a-pitch, took third on a single by junior Jose Reyes and scored on a balk by the Memphis starter.
Houston added a pair of runs in the third inning when Julks opened the inning with a leadoff walk and came around to score from first on an RBI-triple from Campbell. Vidales followed up with a groundout to the right side, scoring Campbell for the 6-2 lead.
Memphis threatened in the top of the fifth with two on and one out, but Ullom induced an inning-ending double play that went 5-4-3 to keep the Tigers off the board and the Cougars leading by four.
Ullom cruised through his final four frames, allowing just one base runner via the walk and retiring Memphis in order the final three innings.
Memphis starter Jonathan Bowlan (2.0,6,6,6,1,1) took the loss after allowing six runs on six hits and one walk and one strikeout.
Senior catcher Jacob Campbell
On taking the series from Memphis
"It is good getting a series win at home. We've been struggling a little bit, but last night was a big energy boost for us with the walk-off hit and win. It brought a lot of energy today for us to get a good win."
On Mitch Ullom's outing
"Mitch was good today. He was pounding the zone, throwing his fastball for strikes and getting ahead in the count; he did a great job today."
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BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
Houston Baseball has four 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.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season baseball home games with a valid student ID.
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