HOUSTON -- After over a five-hour rain delay, Houston Baseball was able to survive its second elimination game of the Houston Regional with a thrilling 7-5 win over No. 4 seed Iowa, highlighted by a ninth-inning leadoff home run from Connor Wong on Sunday night at Schroeder Park.
With the victory, the Cougars improved to 42-20 on the year and moved to 2-1 on the weekend to keep their season alive. Iowa has been eliminated from NCAA play and wraps its season with a 39-22 record.
Houston will face (3) Texas A&M at 12 p.m. CT Monday in Game 6 of the Houston Regional. The Cougars must win to force the if-necessary vs. the Aggies and play for a spot in the Regional final for a chance to host a Super Regional at home this coming weekend. Game 7 (if-necessary) is slated to begin approximately 55 minutes following the conclusion of Game 6.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR MONDAY
Tickets for Game 6, originally scheduled for Sunday evening, will be honored at Monday's 12 p.m. game at Schroeder Park. If Houston claims a win in Game 6, Schroeder Park will immediately be cleared and fans will be asked to reenter using a ticket for Game 7, originally scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. There will be a minimum of 55 minutes between games.
- Corey Julks has reached base in 24 straight games.
- Connor Wong belted his 12th home run of the year -- a leadoff solo shot in the ninth to put the Cougars back on top, 6-5.
- Houston has now hit a total of 59 home runs -- the most since hitting 71 in 2006.
- Grayson Padgett drove in three of Houston's seven runs, while four Cougars posted a two-hit night.
- The Cougars have tallied 10+ hits in 33 games this season as a team.
- Houston had five extra bases hits, four of which were doubles and now has tallied two straight games with at least four doubles.
Houston responded well offensively after a 5-hour rain delay that pushed its start time back to 8:30 p.m. The Cougars tallied 11 hits, led by Grayson Padgett, who had three RBI on two hits, including a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning. He also tallied a late-inning insurance RBI on a double in the ninth to put the Cougars up 7-5.
Connor Wong was the highlight off the ninth inning as he belted his 12th home run of the year, a leadoff shot, to put the Cougars back on top, 6-5, and for good.
Starter Mitch Ullom lasted 4.1 innings, but surrendered three runs on six hits with three strikeouts. He handed the ball over to reliever Joey Pulido, who was able to strand bases loaded with a strikeout and flyout in the fifth, holding Iowa to just the three runs in that frame.
Pulido returned and went 2.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Freshman Brayson Hurdsman tossed 2.0 shutout frames with two strikeouts and a base hit to move to 5-2 on the year. He came in and closed the door on Iowa late to preserve the two-run Houston lead in the ninth.
3rd | Houston broke open the 0-0 stalemate with a run in the top of the third when Lockhart doubled to lead off the inning, took third on a flyout by Bielamowicz and scored on a sac fly by Wong for the 1-0 lead.
5th | Iowa used a one-out triple and an RBI-single to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth.
6th | Houston retook the lead with a three-run sixth, sparked by an RBI-double from Julks and a two-run single by Padgett to make it 4-3.
Iowa responded with a leadoff double and an RBI-groundout to knot up the score once again in the latter half of the inning.
8th | Houston went back ahead in the eighth when Padgett scored following a two-out RBI-single by Lockhart after he led off the frame with a walk.
The nation's leader in home runs Jake Adams belted his 29th long ball of the year, a solo one in the eighth to make it a 5-5 game.
9th | Wong led off the ninth with a solo home run over the batter's eye and Padgett doubled in Julks after a two-out single to seal the win with the two-run ninth.
Iowa wraps its season with a 39-22 overall record. The Hawkeyes tallied nine hits, led by Grant Judkins' two-RBI game. Reliever Josh Martsching suffered the loss, falling to 5-1 on the year, surrendering two runs on three hits.
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