HOUSTON – A four-run fifth inning was too much for No. 7 Houston Baseball to overcome as No. 10 Louisville earned a 10-3 Sunday win at Cougar Field to sweep the American Athletic Conference series.
The Cougars fell to 26-9 on the year and 4-5 in conference play, while the Cardinals improved to 27-8 and 7-2.
Houston tied the game in the fourth on a Casey Grayson RBI, but Louisville quickly responded with four runs on two hits and a crucial Cougar error to go up 6-2.
Sophomore Ashford Fulmer led Houston at the plate with three hits, including his third homerun of the season – a solo shot to leadoff the second inning. He finished with an RBI and two runs scored.
Sophomores Josh Vidales (2x4, RBI) and Kyle Survance (2x4) each had two hits, while Grayson (1x4, RBI) and junior Michael Pyeatt (1x4) each added a hit.
Driving in runs for the Cougars was sophomore Josh Vidales (1x3, RBI) and Grayson (1x4, RBI), while freshman Connor Hollis – making his collegiate debut drew a walk, hit-by-pitch and scored a run.
Louisville used two hits in the first and a hit and error in the second to go up 2-0 on the Cougars. Houston responded with a run on Fulmer’s solo shot in the latter half of the second, but it was the four-run fifth by the Cardinals that proved to be the difference.
Despite allowing four runs, the Cougars would trim Louisville’s lead to just three at 6-3 when Hollis drew a one-out pinch-hit, hit-by-pitch, moved first to third on a Survance single and scored on an RBI-Vidales single into left field.
Louisville went on to add two more runs in the seventh and ninth innings to secure the10-3 win and sweep the weekend series at Cougar Field.
Houston starter Jared West (4.1,3,4,1,3,3) fell to 2-2 on the year after allowing one earned run (four runs) on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in his 4.1 innings.
Out of the pen the Cougars threw junior Jared Robinson (0.0,0,1,0,1,0), seniors Chase Wellbrock (2.2,5,2,2,0,1), Aaron Stewart (1.0,2,1,1,0,3) and junior Taylor Cobb (1.0,1,1,0,1,2).
Louisville starter Anthony Kidston (5.0,6,3,3,2,6) earned his third win of the year toimprove to 3-0 with his 5.0-inning, three-run, two walk effort with six strikeouts.