HOUSTON -- Houston and No. 10 Tulane split Friday's American Athletic Conference doubleheader with the Cougars earning a 3-2 walkoff Game 1 win in 13 innings before the Green Wave took Game 2, 8-4 at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the doubleheader split, the Cougars are now 33-21 overall and 11-11 in American play with one game left to play in the 2016 regular season.
AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE
With Friday's DH split, Houston and Cincinnati will play as the No. 4 or No. 5 seed in next week's American Championship in Clearwater, Fla. The two will meet in Game 1 of the tournament on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 pm CT. The seeding will be final following Saturday's games.
Houston and Tulane will wrap up the regular season with one final game set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. The program will honor seven members of its senior class prior to first pitch on Saturday.
PROMOTIONS: SENIOR DAY
Saturday, May 21
Saturday Bingo: Play Bingo, Win Prizes.
Kids Day: Kids Zone with inflatables, Kids Run the Bases, Postgame Autographs
Houston Baseball will honor its six senior student-athletes and one senior manager prior to first pitch on Saturday. The scheduled first pitch is slated for 3 p.m. ... plan to arrive early to help honor these seniors.
- Josh Vidales (La Porte, Texas, 2B)
- Justin Montemayor (Austin, Texas, UTL)
- Jacob Campbell (Alvin, Texas, C)
- Robert Grilli (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, OF)
- Bubba Maxwell (Vidor, Texas, RHP)
- Michael Pyeatt (Lake Jackson, Texas, OF)
- Adam Zysk (Manager)
GAME 1: Houston 3, Tulane 2 (13)
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Joe Davis -- 1-for-4 / RBI
Jacob Campbell -- 1-for-6 / RBI
Jose Reyes -- 1-for-5 / RBI / BB (game winner)
Zac Taylor -- 2-for-3
Corey Julks -- 2-for-6 / R
Connor Hollis -- 2-for-4
The Houston offense out hit Tulane, 11-9 in Game 1 and used three late-game runs to overcome an early deficit to beat the Green Wave.
Freshman Joe Davis (1x4, RBI), senior Jacob Campbell (1x6, RBI) and junior Jose Reyes (1x5, RBI) each had a hit and RBI in the win. Notching a multi-hit game were sophomores Zac Taylor (2x3), Corey Julks (2x6, R) and Connor Hollis (2x4).
Houston starter Seth Romero (7.2,6,2,1,4,9) struck out nine and allowed just one earned run in the no decision. The southpaw surrendered six hits and walked four.
Romero handed the ball over to senior Bubba Maxwell (4.2,3,0,0,1,3) and the right hander tossed 4.2 shutout innings in relief, allowing just three runs with three strikeouts before giving way to junior closer Nick Hernandez (0.2,0,0,0,2,0), who worked the final two outs in the 13th inning and was the pitcher of record for the win. Hernandez moved to 3-0 on the year.
Tulane took advantage of a Houston miscue in centerfield to plate the game's first run in the top of the first inning. Down 1-0, Romero settled in and used a few huge defensive plays to keep the Green Wave off the board through 6.0 innings.
The Green Wave stranded bases loaded after Hollis made a SportsCenter-like catch at third base to double off the runners and keep the score at 1-0 and Julks responded with a gem of his own in the third as he gunned down the runner at the plate attempting to score.
Despite being held scoreless by Romero and company for the next six innings, Tulane would find a way to notch two hits and extend its lead to 2-0 in the eighth, forcing a Houston pitching change.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Wong walked, which extended the inning, allowing Davis to double in Wong for his 17th double on the year and 51st RBI.
Houston didn't waste long tying the game as it plated a run in the ninth on a two-out RBI-single by Campbell, scoring freshman Grayson Padgett, who pinch ran for Hollis at second -- who opened the inning with a leadoff single.
The score remained a 2-2 tie into the 13th innings when Julks opened the inning with a single, moved to third on a single down the right field line from Vidales. With runners at the corners and two outs, Tulane chose to intentionally walk Montemayor to load the bases. Reyes would record the game-winning RBI on a bases loaded walkoff walk to give the Cougars the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 13th inning.
Tulane reliever Corey Merrill (4.2,4,2,2,3,8) suffered the loss, falling to 2-1 on the year.
GAME 2: Tulane 8, Houston 4
A six-run fifth inning proved to be the difference in Tulane's 8-4 Game 2 win over the Cougars on Friday evening.
Houston tallied 10 hits, led by a perfect 4-for-4 effort from sophomore Corey Julks. Freshman pinch hitter Grayson Padgett drove in two of the four runs on a single into right field, and sophomore Connor Hollis added two hits in the effort.
Julks reached in both games on Friday -- extending his on-base streak to 18 straight games and now has an eight-game hit streak.
Tulane took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning on three hits, including a double and an RBI-triple. The Green Wave then broke open the game with a six-run fifth inning on six hits and two Houston errors to go ahead, 8-0.
Houston starter Mitch Ullom (4.0,8,8,7,1,1) suffered the loss, falling to 6-4 on the year after surrendering seven earned runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings of work.
Ullom handed the ball over to freshman Tanner Lawson (2.0,3,0,0,1,3), who worked out of the inherited jam and ended up tossing 2.0 shutout innings, surrendering just three hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Freshman reliever Nolan Bond (3.0,0,0,0,0,0) pitched a career-long 3.0 innings and didn't allow a hit or walk in his performance -- retiring all nine he faced.
Tulane starter Ross Massey (5.0,8,3,2,2,3) earned the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work to move to 9-3 on the year.
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BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
Houston Baseball has one remaining home game 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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