05/07/2021 | 14 o’clock
NEW ORLEANS – Houston cut an early six-run deficit to one in the ninth inning before falling 6-5 to 25th in the four-game series final on Saturday night from Greer Field at Turchin Stadium to Tulane.
The Cougars (16-23, 4-12 AAC) scored three times in game seven, including a two-part single from Ryan Hernandez to reduce Tulane’s advantage to two before stranding a pair. Houston left the bases with an inning after Will Pendergrass took a base-laden stroll.
Tyler Bielamowicz hit a solo home run in the ninth inning. Ryan Hernandez and Dylan Post followed in singles before Tulane reliever Keegan Gillies collapsed with two strikeouts.
Houston starter Carter Henry (1-3) lasted only 2.2 innings. The right-hander allowed five runs with seven hits and hit four while walking two. After scoring three hits in the second round, Ethan Groff lifted a 2-0 home run with two runs and a 5-0 lead to the left.
The Cougars, who captured Tulane’s 12-game winning streak in the double-header opener, dropped the streak with defeat. The Green Wave improved to 24-14 overall and 13-2 in the league game. Hernandez (2-4) led Houston with two RBIs, while Pendergrass (2-4) scored two goals.
Cougar reliever Matt Lazzaro threw 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and one run while scoring four hits. Colby Casey took his first college strike, working on two walks during a scoreless 1.0 inning.
Tulane starter Tyler Hoffman (4-1) was successful in his eighth start. The right-hander held Houston for two hits and a run alongside three walks, while scoring eight hits in 5.1 innings. Houston broke through against Zach Devito, who allowed three runs with four hits in 1.1 innings.
Houston will return to action on Friday when the regular season game ends with four games against Cincinnati. The series opener is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Schroeder Park. The second competition starts 45 minutes after the opener is over.
A limited number of general admission tickets are available while supplies last. To purchase seats, visit UHCougars.com/tickets. Jeremy Branham will have the call for all four competitions on ESPN + and Stretch Live.
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