No. 14 Houston claims AAC series win over East Carolina 8-1
HOUSTON, Texas. – Joe Davis hit a three-run home run and Tyler Bielamowciz had a three-run triple highlighting a six-run fifth inning and helping No. 14 Houston to an American Athletic Conference series win over ECU, 8-1, Saturday night at Schroeder Park.
With the win the Cougars improve to 22-8 overall an 3-2 in league play while the Pirates fall to 18-14 and 0-5 in conference action.
Mitch Ullom (5-2) picked up the win allowing one run (earned) on three hits with three walks and a pair of punch outs in 6.1 innings, while Aaron Fletcher tossed 2.2 scoreless frames of relief giving up three hits and striking out five.
Trey Benton (3-1) suffered the loss surrendering a season-high seven runs (all earned) on eight hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Ryan Ross worked one-third of an inning allowing a run (earned) on one hit before handing the ball to West Covington, who worked a career-high three scoreless frames with a walk and a strikeout.
Corey Julks and Jared Triolo each tallied a pair of hits for the Cougars, while Bielamowciz and Davis drove in three runs and Julks added a pair of RBI. In all, seven of Houston’s starting nine registered at least one hit.
Travis Watkins led the Pirates with a pair of hits and drove in the lone run on the night. Eric Tyler reached base twice (hit by pitch, double) to extend his on-base streak to a career-best 18 games. Turner Brown, Brady Lloyd and Wes Phillips also had base hits in the contest.
How It Happened:
For the second-straight night, Houston would respond to ECU in the run column. Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Cougars plated a pair of runs on Julks’ first home run of the season for a 2-1 lead. Jake Scheiner walked with two outs and took second on a stolen base before Julks’ shot over the left center field wall.
Watkins staked ECU to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on his second hit of the ball game. Tyler doubled to left center with one out to extend his on-base streak to 18 games. After an Ullom wild pitch moved him to third, two batters later Watkins singled back up the middle plating the game’s first run.
Houston added to its lead thanks to a three-run home run by Davis and a bases clearing triple by Bielamowicz in the bottom of the fifth inning making it an 8-1 Cougar lead. Connor Wong and Grayson Padgett stroked consecutive singles to left field before Davis hit his second homer of the series (third of the season). With two outs, Julks singled up the middle, Triolo followed with a double to center and Lael Lockhart was hit by a pitch to load the bases and chase Benton from the game. Bielamowicz welcomed Ross to the game taking a 2-2 offering to right-center clearing the bases.
ECU and Houston will conclude the three-game weekend series on Sunday, April 9 with a 2 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch.