HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, earning a 3-2 win over No. 21 Louisiana at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, the Cougars have now won four straight games and move to 29-19 overall and 22-7 at home this season.
Houston will hit the road to continue American Athletic Conference play at Cincinnati with a three-game series set to begin Friday at 5 p.m. CT. The series will continue at 5 p.m. CT Saturday and wrap at 12 p.m. Sunday.
Houston starter John King (6.1,6,2,2,1,3) tossed 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts for the win, moving to 6-3 on the year. He held Louisiana to just a pair of runs in the seventh -- tossing 6.0 scoreless frames to begin.
Junior reliever Nick Hernandez (2.2,2,0,0,0,2) took over in the seventh for King and kept Louisiana behind by a run. He returned for the eighth and ninth, tossing 2.2 shutout innings, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts to earn his team-leading eighth save of the year.
The Houston offense did just enough to score three early runs and never look back, tallying seven hits -- led by senior Josh Vidales' 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Freshman Joe Davis went 1-for-3 with an RBI and sophomore Connor Hollis went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Houston opened the scoring gates with the game's first run in the bottom of the second as Vidales plated sophomore Connor Wong on an RBI-single into right field.
The Cougars extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth following an RBI-single by Hollis, scoring Julks -- who singled and stole second base.
Houston added another run in the fifth when Pyeatt extended the inning with a two-out walk and came around to score from first base on a double by Davis down the left field line -- as the freshman picked up his team-leading 42nd RBI of the season.
Louisiana scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh after a base hit and three free passes to make it a 3-2 game in favor of the Cougars.
The final two innings were played to a stalemate and Hernadez shut the door on the Ragin' Cajun offense -- limiting them to just two base runners in those frames.
Louisiana starter Evan Guillory (3.0,1,1,1,1,2) suffered the loss, falling to 4-5 on the year.
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Houston Baseball has three 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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