HOUSTON -- No. 21 Houston Baseball fell 4-1 to East Carolina on Saturday afternoon in front of a nationally-televised audience at Cougar Field, as the American Athletic Conference series is now tied with the series finale slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Cougars are now 34-17 on the year and 12-8 in league play, while East Carolina improved to 32-19 and 12-8.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
4 -- Corey Julks has had two or more hits in the last four games.
4 -- Four Cougars had a two-hit game.
14 -- Kyle Survance singled and scored a run in the first inning to extend his on base streak to 14 straight games.
13 -- Houston had 13 hits and has now recorded at least 10 hits in the last three wins.
Houston starter Kyle Dowdy (7.0,7,3,3,3,6) would suffer just his second loss of the season, falling to 7-2 on the year in his 9th start. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work.
Houston's offense would strand eight base runners on the day after posting nine hits.
Four different Cougars tallied two hits on the afternoon, led by freshman Corey Julks -- who has hit safely in his last four games, driving in Houston's lone run on an RBI-single in the first inning. He finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Junior Kyle Survance went 2-for-4, scoring the only Cougar run, while junior Jacob Campbell (2x4) and junior Ashford Fulmer (2x3) had two hits as well. Junior Josh Vidales added the ninth hit for the Cougars.
Houston jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead following a leadoff single by Survance and an RBI-single by Julks after Campbell moved the runners up a base on his first of two hits on the day.
Dowdy held East Carolina in check foe the first three innings before the Pirates tied the game on a solo homerun by Luke Lowery in the fourth.
The game played to a 1-1 tie before East Carolina broke open the contest with a two-run seventh on a two-run homerun to open the frame before adding an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI-single into centerfield.
Junior Patrick Weigel (2.0,3,1,1,0,2) finished the game in relief of Dowdy, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work.
East Carolina starter Reid Love (8.0,9,1,1,0,7) earned the win, allowing just one run on nine hits with seven strikeouts in 8.0 innings, while teammate Joe Ingle (1.0,0,0,0,0,2) fanned two to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"I thought their guy [Reid Love] threw a good game. I don't think we lost that game, we just got beat. During the course of the season, you're going to get beat and lose; East Carolina just flat came and beat us today."
On Dowdy's outing
"[Kyle] Dowdy was good, but when you have no room for errors because your offense doesn't put up any numbers and capitalize on scoring early, it is going to be tough. You have a windy day and their guy hit one pretty good, you just have to tip your hat to them."
On ECU starter Reid Love
"He did a good job of changing speeds on us. We had a great offensive game last night and we have to come back and duplicate that; they had a good plan against us today but we'll see if that plan works against us tomorrow."
On conference race for first
"It's not going to make or break our season if we win or lose tomorrow. We need to win it in order to stay in the conference race, but in the grand scheme of things we need to win games to position ourselves in the NCAA tournament."
On team adversity
"It's been a tough season because we have been down a few guys, but I'm proud of our team for the way they've battled through and overcome all that stuff that happened in the first half of the season. We are where we are and I believe that the will to win is a powerful thing and for us to be good we have we have to have a tremendous will to win every time we play."
On end of the season outlook
"It's all right there in front of us. You get to the last two weeks of the season and you have a top 20 RPI and you are tied for first place in your league you can't ask for much more than that, that's a pretty good year."
Houston and East Carolina will wrap up the three-game series at Cougar Field on Sunday. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
Single game tickets for the remaining four 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.
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