HOUSTON -- A six-run third inning and a complete game pitching performance by sophomore Andrew Lantrip lifted No. 13 Houston Baseball to a 6-4 come-from-behind win over Houston Baptist in the NCAA Houston Regional at Cougar Field Friday evening.
The win lifted the Cougars overall record to 43-18 on the season and with the win, Houston moves into the winner's bracket of the NCAA Regional and will face Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3.
The announced attendance of 3,480 now ranks 10th all-time in program history at Cougar Field, surpassing the previous attendance of 3,430 vs. San Jose State back on June 4, 2000 in an NCAA Super Regional.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
2 -- Houston has notched back-to-back 40-win seasons, the first time since 1999 and 2000.
3 -- Houston is hosting its third NCAA Regional (2015, 2000, 1999).
3 -- Andrew Lantrip threw his third complete game of the year.
4 -- Corey Julks belted his fourth homerun since May 5.
9 -- Andrew Lantrip won his ninth game of his sophomore campaign.
15 -- Ashford Fulmer singled in the third to extend on-base streak to 15 straight games.
17 -- Jacob Campbell singled in the third inning to extend his on-base streak to 17 games.
20 -- Houston made its 20th NCAA Regional appearance in program history.
20 -- Houston has won 20 of its last 24 games played this season.
23 -- Kyle Survance singled in the third to extend his on-base streak to 23 straight games.
Lantrip (9.0,9,4,4,0,8) tossed 7.0 shutout innings to end the game, en route to his ninth win of the season, improving to 9-3. The right-hander went the distance for the third time this season, fanning eight.
After allowing four runs on nine hits in the first two innings, the Livingston, Texas native settled in and allowed just three scattered hits in the final 7.0 innings of work.
The offense put together a seven-hit, six-run third, which proved to be the difference maker and that was highlighted by freshman Corey Julks' fourth homerun of the season -- a three-run, go-ahead shot to put the Cougars up 5-4.
Houston tallied 10 hits, led by freshman Connor Wong's three-hit day. Julks (1x4, R, 3 RBI) joined junior Jacob Campbell (1x4, R, RBI), junior Josh Vidales (1x3, R, RBI) and junior Ian Rice (1x3, RBI) each with RBI-base hits.
HBU used five straight hits to open the game to go ahead 3-0 over Houston in the first. The Huskies then tacked on another run in the second on a solo homerun.
Houston bounced back from a four-run deficit to score six runs on a seven hits in the third inning to go ahead, 6-4. With one out in the frame, Fulmer singled to get things going. The inning continued when Survance put runners at the corners with a base hit, allowing Vidales to drive in the team's first run on a liner up the middle. Down 4-1 with two outs, Campbell kept the inning alive with an RBI-single.
Down by two runs with two outs and Campbell and Vidales on base, Julks belted his fourth homerun in the last month to put the Cougars ahead, 5-4. The scoring continued with a Wong single and an RBI-double by Rice, making it a two-run game at 6-4.
The two-run lead held as Lantrip was able to retire the final seven hitters of the game for the win.
HBU starter Matthew McCollough (7.2,10,6,6,2,6) fanned six and allowed six runs on 10 hits, with two walks in the loss, falling to 8-3 on the year.
HEAD COACH Todd Whitting
"Well first to start with, I want to thank all of our fans for coming out tonight to Cougar field. It was an absolute electric atmosphere, and I really appreciate everyone coming out and supporting our team, and hopefully they will be back tomorrow night. It's going to be a great matchup between (Louisiana) Lafayette and us.
"Andrew Lantrip, I mean what can you say. He goes out and struggles early and gives up four runs (in) the first two innings and then settles in. I thought from that point forward, he's (was) as good as he's been all year long. That shows how much he's grown up over the last two years with the ability to take a little break, a deep breath, regroup and get back to work and keep his mind focused on the next pitch. So I'm extremely proud of him. He gave up the four runs early, but I thought he won the game for us.
"Corey Julks, (a) freshman (came up) with the big knock, which was a big one in the inning where we scored six. He showed a lot of maturity for a freshman over the last month and is turning into an elite player for us.
"It was an overall great team effort. I don't think we panicked when we went down 4-0. We were playing a great HBU team -- (Matthew) McCollough is as good as advertised - we played those guys early in the year and they beat us here at home, so I knew we were in for a tough night. That's not a normal four-seed, and that's a really good team. I don't think they are done in this tournament either."
Houston will play (3) Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the winner's bracket on ESPN3. The Cougars will be the visiting team after the Ragin' Cajuns defeated Rice as the visiting team in Game 1 of the Houston Regional.
For more information, bracket updates and more, visit the Houston Regional Central page: UHCougars.com/regionalcentral.
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