NEW ORLEANS, LA. -- Houston Baseball scored 14 runs in the final two innings, including an 11-run ninth thanks to a seven-RBI effort by Corey Julks, winning big over Tulane, 15-3, in the American Athletic Conference series opener Friday in New Orleans.
With the win, the Cougars move to 32-17 on the year and are now tied for first with UCF at 12-7 heading into Saturday. Tulane fell to 23-27 overall and 10-9 in league play.
Corey Julks belted two home runs in the ninth-inning alone, a three-run shot and a grand slam, to drive in a career-high seven RBI in one inning. He finished the day, 3-for-5 with three runs and seven RBI.
Houston and Tulane will continue its three-game series at 2:30 p.m. Saturday before wrapping at 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday's game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
- Corey Julks led the offensive with three hits and seven RBI on a 3-run HR and a grand slam -- his first career grand slam. He now has five home runs on the season.
- Jake Scheiner belted his conference-leading 14th home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth to tie the game.
- Houston has hit 45 home runs and 27 have come in American Athletic Conference play.
- Nick Slaughter drove in a pair of runs on a two-out, pinch-hit single in the eighth -- he now has give RBI in the last two games.
- Cooper Coldiron made his Cougar debut and had two hits, scored two runs and drove in an RBI.
- Houston scored a season-best 11 runs in the ninth inning and 14 in the final two frames to come-from-behind and win.
- Julks has reached base in 11 straight games.
- Houston forced Tulane pitching into nine walks and three hit batters for 12 free passes.
Houston out hit Tulane, 13-7, and of the 13 hits, four came for extra bases. The Cougars belted three home runs with Julks leading the way. Three Cougars produced a multi-hit night in Julks, Coldiron and Joe Davis.
Sophomore Mitch Ullom went 6.1 innings in his 13th start of the year, allowing just three runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He handed the ball over to sophomore Aaron Fletcher, who escaped an inherited jam in the seventh with runners at the corners and one out.
Fletcher was untouchable as the southpaw fanned four and didn't allow a hit or walk in 2.2 innings in relief. With that effort, he earned the win, improving to 2-0 on the year.
2nd | Tulane jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a one-out solo home run to left center.
4th | Scheiner led off the fourth inning and tied the game with his 14th home run of the season -- a deep shot to dead centerfield off the batter's eye.
5th | Tulane retakes the lead at 2-1 with a two-out solo home run to left field in the fifth.
6th | The Green Wave used back-to-back, two-out hits in the sixth to extend their lead by two at 3-1.
8th | The Cougars took advantage of a defensive miscue and used a two-out RBI-single by Coldiron to score Davis to make it a 1-run game at 3-2. The scoring continued when pinch hitter Slaughter drove a pitch into right field, plating a pair of Cougars in Julks (who singled and Coldiron) -- giving Houston the 4-3 lead late.
9th | The Cougars continued their offensive tear with a three-run ninth inning when Rey Fuentes III, who pinch-hit, doubled to open the frame. With one out, Scheiner was intentionally walked before Julks belted his fourth home run of the year -- a three-run shot to right field -- giving the Cougars a 7-3 lead.
The ninth continued to go Houston's way as the Cougars found a way to plate four more runs following an RBI-sac fly by Slaughter, a bases-loaded RBI by pinch hitter Tyler Bielamowicz on a walk, and back-to-back bases-loaded walks from Davis and Scheiner for two more RBI -- lifting the Cougars' lead to 11-3.
Julks made the ninth much more entertaining when he crushed a two-out pitch over the left center wall for his second home run -- a grand slam -- and second long ball of the inning to drive in four more runs and extend his RBI total (for the inning) to seven -- making it a 15-3 lead for the Cougars.
Tulane fell to 23-27 overall and 10-9 in American play. The Green Wave saw a strong performance by its starter Corey Merrill, who fanned 11 and allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings. He would suffer the loss, falling to 6-5. Tulane used six pitchers with five throwing in the final two innings.
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