Houston Loses Conference Championship Opener

An unconventional day at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida met the Houston Cougars and the Tulane Green Wave as they got the American Athletic Conference Championship play underway.

The first game of the day saw the two middle-rank teams, four and five, combine for twenty-four runs in a game that took nearly four hours . . . The second game saw the top-ranked team get run-ruled in seven innings 11-1 by the last seed in the championship, so anything seemed possible on day one.

Robert Gasser took the mound for Houston and he and his counterpart for the Tulane Green Wave worked quickly and moved the game along with few, if any, baserunners.

The Cougars got their first hit in the fifth on a Ryan Hernandez single to left . . . Two batters later, Will Pendergrass snuck a single through the right side and the Cougars had a threat mounting . . . But a double play started by the shortstop ended the inning.

Tulane played small-ball in the sixth and took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice bunt after two singles started the inning and a sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position.

Hernandez hit a two-out solo home run to left-center in the seventh to tie the game on a 0-1 pitch.

The Green Wave countered with a two-out solo home run of their own in the seventh to take the lead again.

Tulane went to the bullpen with one out in the eighth, but the Cougars fate was the same: stymied by solid pitching.

Tulane added two more runs in the eighth as they go to Gasser late, he exited after 7 1/3 innings and ten strike outs . . . Ben Sears took the mound with a runner on second and eventually ended the inning without further damage.

Tulane shut down Houston in the ninth to claim the 4-1 victory . . . Hernandez (2-for-3) was the only Cougar with multiple hits, he had two of the Cougars four hits.

The Cougars will return to action on Wednesday in Clearwater, they will face the loser of tonight’s game between South Florida and Wichita State . . . First pitch will be 47 minutes after the final out of the game that starts at 2pm CT . . . Expect to see Jaycob Deese on the mound for Houston as they seek to continue their season with a win. –

Joe Davis Makes AAC Honor Week for the Week

Breaking News 1,800 miles from Houston in Providence, Rhode Island . . . Joe Davis after a spectacular week has earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference (AAC) weekly baseball honors list for the week ending February 24 . . . This is what the official release had to say about the Cougar first baseman:

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Joe Davis * Sr. * 1B * Houston 
Davis hit three home runs and had seven RBIs, as Houston took two of three in a series against No. 24 Arizona. The senior finished 6-for-17 (.352) with five of his hits going for extra bases. He began the week with a 3-for-6 performance and four RBIs against McNeese State Wednesday. Davis hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning Friday night in Houston’s 2-1 win over the Wildcats in the series opener. He ended his week with a double, home run and two RBIs Sunday.

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This note does not include the fact that in Saturday evenings affair at Schroeder Park, the Arizona Wildcats wanted no part of Joe Davis, and in his first three plate appearances he was intentionally walked twice and hit by a pitch once . . . Kudos to Joe Davis, well deserved.

Houston Cougars Begin 2019 Season Tonight at Home

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The Houston Cougars baseball team opens its 2019 regular season tonight on the campus . . .  Tyler Bielamowicz takes the mound for game one of the three game series . . .  The Coogs are defending their American Athletic Conference regular-season title of a year ago . . . Head Coach Todd Whitting begins his ninth season leading the Cougars . . . Senior Joe Davis and junior Jared Triolo begin what are expected to be amazing 2019 campaigns for each of them . . . First pitch is at 6:30pm, gates open at 4:30 . . . The weather for opening weekend should be perfect, so that is not an excuse for not attending this weekend.