Ninth Inning Homerun Makes Cougars a Winner in Season Opener

Kobe Hyland launches a ninth inning homerun as the opposing dugout looks on.

The Houston Cougars baseball team opened their 2019 campaign Friday night on campus at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. The three hour affair would end on the final hit of opening night . . . The Coogs took game one of the three game season 5-3 on a homerun in the bottom of the ninth by Kobe Hyland . . . The Cougars, in their black jerseys and white pants, would need all nine innings on this night to send the Cougar fans happy and victorious.

The temperature was a pleasant 71 degrees at the time of Tyler Bielamowicz’s first pitch, and the humid Houston air was tolerable on this night . . . Tyler Bielamowicz won the open competition in the offseason and was awarded the opportunity to be the Friday night starter for the Coogs, he could not get out of the third inning before the bullpen was called on to carry the final six-plus innings . . . Fred Villarreal pitched a brilliant 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to keep the game within reach.

The Cougars looked offensively overmatched in the first five innings of the game, but first baseman Joe Davis evened the score with one swing of the bat in the sixth inning on a three-run blast . . . The scoring was capped off with Hyland’s game-ending two-run homer to finish off the season opener in style.

The Coogs are back at it on Saturday night, first pitch at 6:30pm . . . Make your way down to the corner of Elgin and Cullen and enjoy a night of baseball. –


Newspaper column version of this recap


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