CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The 2017 Houston Baseball team became the first group since 2000 to win the conference regular-season and tournament title in the same year as the Cougars earned a convincing 6-0 shutout win over East Carolina on Sunday to clinch the automatic berth to the NCAA Championship next week.
With the win, Houston moved to 40-19 on the year to notch its 12th 40-win season in program history and third in last four years.
The Cougars will await to find out what the NCAA Selection Committee has in store for them as the 16 host sites are unveiled at 7:30 p.m. CT tonight on NCAA's Facebook and Twitter pages. The NCAA Selection Show unveiling the Field of 64 will be announced at 11 a.m. CT on Monday on ESPN2.
- Corey Julks has reached base in 21 straight games and Joe Davis in 19 straight.
- Houston has hit 55 home runs -- the most since 71 in 2006.
- Jake Scheiner moved into fourth all-time on the Houston single-season home run list with his 17th home run of the year -- a conference-best.
- Houston has advanced to the American Championship title game for the fourth straight year.
- Cougars have now won six straight games entering the NCAA Championship next week.
- Houston has tallied at least 10 hits in five of the last six games and had a 10+ hit game in all four games of the American Championship.
- Houston notched its 12th 40-win season in program history and third in last four years.
- The Cougars notched its sixth conference tournament title in program history and 15th overall conference title -- includes regular-season titles (one this year).
- Last time a Houston team won both the regular season and conference tournament in one season was back in 2000.
P Jake Agnos, East Carolina
P Trey Cumbie, Houston
P John King, Houston
C Travis Watkins, East Carolina
IF Anthony Prato, UConn
IF Charlie Yorgen, East Carolina
IF Lael Lockhart, Houston
IF Jake Scheiner, Houston
OF Tyler Bielamowicz, Houston
OF Corey Julks, Houston
OF Chris Carrier, Memphis
UTY Colton Neel, Memphis
Most Outstanding Player
Jake Scheiner, 3B, Houston
The Houston offense pounded out 14 hits, led by tournament Most Outstanding Player Jake Scheiner's four-hit day. He belted his 17th home run of the year and also doubled. Freshman Jared Triolo had a three-hit day and scored three runs, while Corey Julks droves in an RBI with two hits.
Houston's lone senior John King got the start in the championship game for his 11th start of the season. King was lights out once again, tossing 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just seven hits and one walk in the win -- as he moved to 7-1 on the season.
Junior Joey Pulido combined with King to throw the shutout, tossing 2.1 innings in relief, allowing just one hit with one strikeout to pick up his second save of the year.
3rd | Houston took the game's first lead with a run in the third after Hollis singled to open the frame, moved to third on a Scheiner single and later scored on a one-out RBI-double down the left field line by Julks.
4th | Triolo led off the fourth with a triple -- his second of the year -- and came around to score on an RBI-groundout by Lockhart to put the Cougars up 2-0.
5th | Scheiner belted his conference-best 17th home run of the year to put the Cougars up 3-0 in the fifth inning.
6th | The Cougars added to their lead with another run in the sixth when Triolo led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI-single by Lockhart to make it 4-0 Houston.
7th | For the fifth straight inning, Houston scored a run and made it 5-0 when Scheiner doubled then scored on an East Carolina fielding error.
8th | Make that six straight innings as the Cougars extended their lead to 6-0 after Triolo scored on an RBI-single by Hollis, which hit off the pitcher's glove.
EAST CAROLINA NOTES
East Carolina's season came to an end as the Pirates fell to 32-28 on the year. Starter Evan Kruczynski fell to 4-3 with the loss. The Pirates were held to eight hits, led by Eric Tyler, who had a two-hit day.
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