HARTFORD, Conn. -- Houston Baseball swept the Friday doubleheader at No. 18 UConn and with that accomplishment, claimed at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title for the second straight season.
The Cougars won Game 1, 6-5, and capped off a strong Friday with a convincing 10-1 victory in Game 2.
With the two wins, Houston improved to 31-19 on the year and 16-7 in American play, while UConn fell to 29-16-1 overall and 11-9 in league action.
- With the DH sweep, Houston clinched at least a share of the conference regular-season title.
- Houston has now won five titles in the last five years.
- Of those five titles, three have been regular-season titles (2018, 2017, 2015).
- Houston has now won back-to-back regular-season titles, the first time since winning the 1999 and 2000 titles.
- Houston tallied wins No. 30 & 31 on the year -- the sixth straight year with at least 30 wins.
- Houston won its ninth weekend series of the year and fifth in conference play.
- Houston played its 21st 1-run game of the year in Game 1 of the DH. The Cougars are 12-9 in those games.
- Jared Triolo singled in the first inning of Game 2 to extend his on-base streak to 16 games.
- Triolo belted his fourth home run of the year in Game 1 to give the Cougars an early lead in the first inning.
- Lael Lockhart Jr. notched his first home run of the year, a two-run shot, in the seventh of Game 2.
- Lockhart tied his career high with four RBI in Game 1.
- Joe Davis belted his team-leading fifth and sixth home runs of the year as he belts two long balls in Game 2.
- The home runs by Davis were his 27th and 28th of his career, moving him into fourth all-time. He is now three away from tying the all-time record of 31.
- The multi-HR game was the second for Davis in his career, first one coming vs. Baylor on March 6, 2016.
GAME 1: Houston 6, UConn 5
Houston tallied seven hits in Game 1, led by Lael Lockhart's career-day, driving in a career-tying four RBI and registering his first home run of the year to accompany his three hits.
Houston starter Trey Cumbie went 6.1 innings in his 13th start of the year, allowing just earned runs on seven hits with a walk in his no decision.
He handed the ball over to sophomore Carter Henry in the seventh. Henry retired the final two outs and allowed a hit. He finished as the pitcher of record when the Cougars took the lead in the eighth. With the win, he improved to 5-1 this season.
Senior Joey Pulido pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits with one strikeout for his fourth save of 2018 and second straight in the last two conference outings.
1st | Houston jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first following a 2-out solo home run by Jared Triolo, his fourth of the year.
4th | UConn tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth after the Huskies used two hits and a sac fly to even the score.
6th | The Huskies broke open the tie with a 2-out solo home run to left field to make it a 2-1 game in the sixth.
7th | Houston responded in strong fashion in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a two-run home run by Lael Lockhart Jr., his first long ball of the year. He plates Tyler Bielamowicz, who opened the frame with a walk. Kyle Lovelace extended the inning with a single, before advancing to third on a wild pitch and error and then scoring on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
UConn plated a pair of runs on three hits to tie the game back up at 4-4.
8th | All with two outs in the eighth, Joe Davis singled and was pinch ran by Drew Minter. Tyler Bielamowicz then helped extend the inning by being hit to put Cougars at first and second. Lael Lockhart Jr. then came up big once again in Game 1, driving in a pair of runs to put the Cougars head of UConn, 6-4.
9th | UConn made things interesting, scoring one run in the ninth to make it a 6-5 game, but Joey Pulido managed to strand a pair of Huskies in scoring position in the win.
GAME 2: Houston 10, UConn 1
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
Joe Davis | 4x5, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR (6)
Lael Lockhart Jr. | 1x5, R, RBI
Jared Triolo | 1x4, R
Connor Hollis | 2x5, 2 R, RBI, 3B
Grayson Padgett | 1x5, RBI, 3B
Landon Etzel | 1x2, R, RBI, 3B
Tyler Bielamowicz | 2x5, RBI
Cooper Coldiron | 2x5, R
Kyle Lovelace | 2x5, RBI
Davis led the offense in Game 2 with four hits -- all for extra bases -- two home runs and two doubles, driving in four RBI and scoring four runs. Connor Hollis, Cooper Coldiron and Kyle Lovelace each had a two-hit game, while Lael Lockhart Jr., Hollis, Grayson Padgett, Landon Etzel, Tyler Bielamowicz and Lovelace had an RBI.
Houston starter Aaron Fletcher was dominant once again, allowing just a solo home run in his 7.0 innings of work. He surrendered five scattered hits and struck out five without walking a hitter. With the win, he improved to 6-2 on the year.
Junior Ryan Randel took over in the eighth and was lights out, retiring all six hitters he faced with one strikeout.
1st | Houston scored in the first inning for the second time on Friday as the Cougars went up 2-0 early. Connor Hollis led off the game with a walk before Jared Triolo singled with one out. Joe Davis then plated Hollis on an RBI-double into right center, followed by a two-out RBI-single by Lael Lockhart Jr., scoring Davis.
3rd | The Cougars added to their lead with a pair of runs in the third to make it a 4-0 game. Jared Triolo was hit and then scored on a two-run home run by Joe Davis, his team-leading fifth of the year and 27th of his career.
UConn used a solo home run in the latter half of the inning to trim Houston's lead to three at 4-1.
5th | Houston extended its lead in the fifth with two more runs to make it a 6-1 game. Joe Davis reached on a two-base error then came around to score on a single up the middle by Tyler Bielamowicz. Kyle Lovelace then came up big with a two-out RBI-hit, plating Lael Lockhart Jr.
6th | The Cougars plated a run in the sixth on a solo home run by Joe Davis -- his second of the game to make it a 7-1 game.
Houston and UConn will wrap up its three-game American series at 10 a.m. CT Sunday. Game will be played at J.O. Christian Field on the campus of UConn.
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