HOUSTON -- No. 21 Houston Baseball remains atop the American Athletic Conference regular-season standings after an 11-1 run-rule win on Sunday over East Carolina to earn its fifth straight league series and its third straight at Cougar Field.
With the win, the Cougars now have sole possession of first place with three games to play. Houston is now 35-17 and 13-8 in league play, while East Carolina sits in second with a 32-20 overall record and 12-9 in conference action.
The last run-rule win came back on April 27, 2014 at Cincinnati in a 15-1 victory in seven innings.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 -- The Cougars sit atop the American Athletic Conference standings with three games left to play.
2 -- Corey Julks belted his second homerun of the year and both have come this week.
3 -- Ashford Fulmer put the Coogs up 4-0 in the second inning on his third homerun of the year.
4 -- Seth Romero won his fourth straight start for the Cougars.
5 -- Houston forced ECU to throw five different pitchers on Sunday.
5 -- Houston has now won five straight American Athletic Conference series.
7 -- Seth Romero earned his seventh win of his freshman campaign.
9 -- The Cougars won their ninth series of the season.
15 -- Kyle Survance singled in the first inning to extend his on base streak to 15 straight games.
38 -- Houston has hit 38 homeruns this season, the most since 44 in 2010.
Freshman starter Seth Romero (7.0,2,1,1,4,6) tossed his first career complete game to win his fourth straight start and improve to 7-3 on the year after allowing just one run on two hits with four walks and six strikeouts in the 7.0-inning gem for the Cougars.
The Cougars posted a nine-hit effort, led by Fulmer (1x3, R, 3 RBI) and Julks (1x3, R, RBI) each with three RBI, while junior Chris Iriart (1x3, R, 2 RBI) drove in a pair on a single. Junior Kyle Survance extended his on-base streak to 15 straight games, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while juniors Jacob Campbell (1x3, R, RBI) and Justin Montemayor (1x2, R, RBI) drove in a run on a base hit.
Houston jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Survance singled to open the frame. He moved up two bases on a sacrifice bunt by Vidales and error by ECU. Iriart followed up with an RBI-groundout for the game's first run.
Wong doubled and Montemayor put runners at first and second with a two-out walk for Fulmer, who belted a pitch over the left field wall for his third homerun of the year, plating three to put Houston ahead, 4-0 early.
Romero allowed his first hit of the game when ECU reached on a leadoff single in the fourth, but the left-hander worked around the baserunner to keep the Pirates scoreless, sending the Cougars back to bat, leading by four.
The Cougars answered East Carolina's first run when it loaded the bases, following one-out singles by Survance, Vidales and a hit-by-pitch by Iriart for Campbell, who collected an RBI on the second straight hit batter to put Houston up 5-1 with one out in the fifth.
Houston kept answering when it played the sixth run on a wild pitch and would later go ahead 9-1 on a three-run homerun by Julks -- his second of his young career. Julks plated Iriart and Campbell, who were both hit by pitches to extend the inning.
The scoring continued with a two-out RBI-double by Montemayor, scoring Wong from first, making it 10-1 forcing the third pitching change in the inning. Houston padded its lead with its 11th run of the game following an RBI-single by Iriart, scoring Survance from second, who opened the sixth by being hit by a pitch.
East Carolina starter Jacob Wolfe (4.1,5,6,5,1,3) suffered the loss, falling to 4-2 on the year after allowing five earned runs on five hits and one walk in 4.1 innings.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On his thoughts on today and the series
"I'm really proud of the way the team responded. You get beat on your home field in a critical three-game series, and you come back and respond that's big. I'm just really proud of their effort. Seth Romero was good. I thought he had control of them the entire time. Our offense stepped up. We didn't really swing the bat well yesterday and we come back and put up 11 runs, that's big."
On what he took from yesterday for today's game
"I don't think we lost the game last night, we got beat. Sometimes you're going to get beat. They got through a really good game; they didn't make any mistakes on defense. We did a good job putting it behind us and getting ready to play."
Houston Centerfielder Ashford Fulmer
On what it means getting the series win
"Its definitely good momentum moving into the last series. We got beat last night so we came out here with a lot of energy and really proved that this is our home field and we took care of business today. Next weekend, obviously we win the series we win the conference. That's definitely the goal. We have to take it one game at a time, we have Rice on Tuesday."
On what was the approach at the plate
"Their pitcher throws a lot of strikes. It wasn't anything overpowering. We just kind of capitalized on our bench."
On Seth Romero's performance
"He's great. Every time he gets on the mound, I feel comfortable out there and I know he's going to go out there and give us a good outing. One run, two hits you can't ask for much better than that. I thought he was going for a no hitter for three innings, but obviously that didn't happen."
Houston will meet Rice on Tuesday, May 12 for the third and final game of the Silver Glove Series this season with the trophy on the line as each team has won one game this season.
The game will take place in Sugar Land, Texas at Constellation Field -- home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets will run through the Sugar Land Skeeters Box Office and can be purchased by clicking here. All students will be required to purchase tickets at $7 with adult tickets at $10.
Single game tickets for the remaining three 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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