NEW ORLEANS, LA. -- Houston Baseball wasn't able to overcome its early deficit, falling 11-4 at Tulane in the American Athletic Conference series finale Sunday in New Orleans.
The Cougars fell to 33-18 overall and 13-8 in league play, but came away with the road series victory over the Green Wave and improved to 4-2 on the year against Tulane.
Houston will travel to Lake Charles, La. on Tuesday to take on McNeese State in its final midweek game of 2017. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. Follow along at UHCougars.com/gameday.
- Houston has won nine weekend series, five of which have come in conference play, including this series at Tulane after winning, 15-3 in Game 1 and 4-0 in Game 2.
- The Cougars are 4-2 against Tulane this season.
- Corey Julks has reached base in 13 straight games and Joe Davis in 11 straight.
- Nick Slaughter hit his second home run of his career -- a solo shot -- in the second to tie the game at 2-2. He finished the day, 3-for-4 with a run and RBI.
Houston tallied 10 hits on the day, led by Slaughter's three-hit day. He belted his second career home run. Joe Davis had a two-hit day with an RBI, while Corey Julks continued his hitting tear with another base hit and RBI.
Fred Villarreal | 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Brayson Hurdsman | 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Joey Pulido | 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Nolan Bond | 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
John King | 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Freshman starter Fred Villarreal made his third career start and surrendered four runs on six hits with two walks and one strike in 2.0 innings of work. He handed the ball over to fellow freshman Brayson Hurdsman in the third as the southpaw allowed two hits, a two-run home run before handing the ball over to junior Joey Pulido with two outs.
Pulido finished his outing, striking out six and walking three, while surrendering three runs on four hits in 3.0 innings out of the bullpen.
Nolan Bond took over with bases loaded in the sixth and managed to strike out the only hitter he faced that frame. He returned and wrapped up his day, tossing 1.1 innings, walking one and striking out one.
John King took over in the bottom of the eighth, allowing two runs on three hits.
Villarreal would suffer the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year.
1st | Houston jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Wong reached on a leadoff single, stole second, took third on a single by Rey Fuentes III and scored on a double play ball.
Tulane quickly used three hits in the bottom half to take the lead at 2-1.
2nd | The Cougars didn't allow the Green Wave to hold the lead for long as Slaughter tied the game at 2-2 in the top half of the second when he belted a solo home run -- his second career long ball.
3rd | Tulane would use a four-run third inning to take a 6-2 lead on the Cougars.
4th | A three-run home run by the Green Wave extended their lead by seven at 9-2 in the fourth.
5th | The Cougars chipped away with a single run in the fifth as Davis plated Wong, after a walk, on an RBI-single through the left side to make it a 9-3 game.
7th | Houston added another run in the seventh when Padgett led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a Davis single, to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a Julks' sacrifice fly to make it 9-4 Tulane.
8th | The Green Wave added two more runs on three hits in the eighth to extend their lead to 11-4 and never look back.
Tulane improved to 24-28 overall and 11-10 in American play. The Green Wave produced a 16-hit day, led by Hunter Williams' 4-for-4 day with four runs scored. Reliever Chase Solesky tossed 4.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in the win, moving to 4-2 on the year.
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