CLEARWATER, Fla. - Houston Baseball put together an all-around effort featuring 12 hits and solid pitching en route to a 6-2 win over No. 11 and top-seeded Tulane on Saturday to advance to the American Athletic Conference Championship game set for 11 a.m. CT Sunday.
With the win, the Cougars moved to 36-22 overall and 3-0 on the week and will make their third straight appearance in the championship game of the American tournament after back-to-back wins over Tulane.
Houston will meet the winner of UConn-Memphis in the American Championship game set for 11 a.m. CT Sunday on ESPNews.
The Houston offense showed well in a 12-hit, six-run effort to move to 3-0 on the week.
Wong led the offense, going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, while Taylor belted his second home run of the week in a 4-for-5 performance with two runs scored and an RBI.
Davis continued to show well at the plate, driving in two RBI on his 12th home run of the year.
Houston starter Mitch Ullom (6.0,8,2,2,1,3) went 6.0 innings, allowing just two runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Tulane plated a run in the first inning to go ahead 1-0 following a leadoff single and RBI-hit.
Houston would tie the game in the third on a solo home run off the bat of Taylor -- his second long ball of the week and third of the year.
Playing in a 1-1 game, the Cougars would use a three-run fifth inning thanks to three two-out hits to go up 4-1 on the Green Wave. The scoring began with a two-out double by Taylor followed by an RBI-single from Wong.
With Wong on first, Davis crushed his second home run of the week to left center to score two more runs for the three-run advantage.
Ullom settled in and kept Tulane off the board until a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh made it a 4-2 game.
Ullom handed the ball over to senior reliever Bubba Maxwell (0.2,1,0,0,0,1), who worked two outs before giving way to Houston closer Hernandez (2.1,0,0,0,0,4), who struck out the final hitter of the inning to keep Tulane's threat at bay.
The Cougars plated runs in the eighth and ninth for a four-run cushion late. Wong singled to open the eighth and ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly from Hollis, while Reyes reached on an error in the ninth and came around to score following hits from Taylor and Wong.
Hernandez closed out his third straight game of the week to earn his team-leading 12th save as he fanned four hitters in 2.1 innings of work.
Tulane starter J.P. France (5.0,6,4,4,1,3) suffered the loss, falling to 6-3 on the year.
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