Cougars Rally But Drop Series at USF

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Sunday’s rubber game between the University of South Florida Bulls and the Houston Cougars featured starting pitchers named late in the series and the Cougars coming off of an impressive 7-1 win on Saturday night, after a close loss on Friday night.

Ryan Randel ended up getting the Sunday start for the Cougars and he pitched reasonably well . . . Randel would allow two runs in four innings of work, and he would also strike out six batters . . . Sean Bretz relieved Randel in the fifth with runners on and was lights-out, hitting 95mph to stop the threat . . . And Bretz would go two more innings without allowing a run and keeping his team in the game.

Meanwhile, Alec Wisely was in command on Sunday as he went 6 2/3 innings and did not allow a run while giving up five hits and while allowing Cougars to reach base, he was not allowing them to cross home plate.

The Cougars would score all of their runs in the eighth inning after Tyler Bielamawocz and Joe Davis were hit on back-to-back pitches by USF reliever Nelson Alvarez . . . Derrick Cherry got a run home on an infield single and a throwing error . . . After a walk to Grayson Padgett loaded the bases, Rey Fuentes put a ball in play that the Bulls defense could not handle and the Cougars took a 3-2 lead on the fielders choice.

Devon Roedahl entered the game and pitched a perfect eighth . . . After a scoreless top half of the ninth for the Cougars, Fred Villarreal entered the game to try to shut the door . . . The Bulls would not quit, and after a pinch-hit leadoff single and a popped-up bunt for the only out of the inning, USF would get a walk-off homerun from Alex Bello to win the game 4-3.

Despite scoring three runs, the Cougars offense left runners on base in seven of the nine innings, eight in total . . . Kyle Lovelace was 2-for-3 on the afternoon, joining Brad Burckel as the only other Cougar with two hits . . . Five Cougars collected the seven hits on Sunday.

The Cougars are headed back to Houston now and will be off until Wednesday when they play Rice at Reckling Park . . . First pitch is at 6:30pm Wednesday evening. –


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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. –


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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.