LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Houston Baseball used a pair of runs in the seventh inning and a strong relief performance by Nolan Bond to earn a 5-4 road win at McNeese State Tuesday to close out the midweek portion of its 2017 schedule.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 34-18 overall and wrapped up the regular-season with a 13-10 road record. McNeese fell to 34-17 with the loss. The Cougars swept the 2017 series vs. McNeese after a 6-5 win back on March 14 at Schroeder Park.
Houston will return home to host Cincinnati in the final regular-season conference series of the season. The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, continue at 6:30 p.m. Friday and wrap at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Houston, USF and UCF all sit atop the American with a 13-8 overall record. USF and UCF will play each other in the final series with Houston hosting Cincinnati.
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- Corey Julks has reached base in 14 straight games and Joe Davis in 12 straight.
- Nolan Bond earned his first career win as a Cougar, tossing 4.1 innings in relief.
- The final two runs in the seventh inning (game-tying, game-winning) each came with two outs.
Houston tallied nine hits, led by Joe Davis, who went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Jake Scheiner drove in a pair of RBI on a single and groundout and Grayson Padgett scored three times, reached on two hits and drove in a run.
Freshman Carter Henry worked 4.2 innings in his fifth start of his young career. He struck out six and surrendered three runs on six hits with four walks for the no-decision. He handed the ball over to sophomore teammate Nolan Bond in the fifth, who managed to retire the one hitter he faced in that frame.
Bond returned and was dominant, allowing just one run on four hits with no walks in 4.1 innings out of the bullpen. The righty struck out three en route to his first career win as a Cougar.
3rd | McNeese broke open the 0-0 stalemate in the third with one run on two hits.
4th | The Cougars quickly responded with a run of their own when Padgett led off the inning with a single and scored on the first pitch Davis saw as he drove a ball into the right center gap for an RBI-double.
5th | McNeese used a two hits and a walk to score a pair of runs in the fifth to jump out to a 3-1 lead on the Cougars.
6th | Once again, Houston responded McNeese's scoring efforts with a pair of runs as Padgett led off the inning with a walk, scored on an RBI-single by Davis. Davis then moved to third on back-to-back errors and scored on a Scheiner RBI-groundout.
McNeese used three more hits to plate a run and regain the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth.
7th | With one out in the seventh, Hollis singled then moved to second on a wild pitch. After a flyout to make it two outs, Padgett would find the right center gap, plating Hollis from second on an RBI-single. Davis walked to move Padgett to second base for Scheiner, who then put the Cougars ahead, 5-4 on another two-out RBI-single.
McNeese State fell to 34-17 overall with the loss. The Cowboys out hit Houston, 10-9, led by Robbie Podorsky's three-hit, two-run night with three stolen bases. Reliever Tyler Wesley suffered the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in 1.0 inning.
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