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HOUSTON, TEXAS (18 March 2017) The Houston Cougars took down the Alabama State Hornets by the score of 4-1 at Schroeder Park in Houston on Saturday, March 18, 2017. On Friday, they also beat the Hornets 10-2 to set up a series sweep on Sunday, when they play the final game of their current weekend series.
Corey Julks got the Cougars on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a two-run single off Alabama State starter Burke Echeimeier on an 0-2 pitch. He scored Lael Lockhart and Jordan Monacy. Lockhart reached base on a walk and advanced to third on a double by Monacy. The Cougars got out of the inning with a two-run lead. They added an insurance run in the fifth when Lockhart singled on a to send Joe Davis home from third and closed out their scoring with a seventh inning home run by Jake Scheider. The round tripper was the fifth of the season for the Cougar shortstop. The Hornets finally scored in the sixth when designated hitter Cage Cox singled to send center fielder Edgardo Rivera home from third.
Houston starting pitcher Mitch Ullom received the win, throwing 7.1 innings and giving up five hits and one earned run while striking out four. Aaron Fletcher, throwing 1.2 innings in relief, got the save, hos fourth of the season. Offensively, Julks went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Scheiner was 3-for-4 with a home run.
Next up for the Cougars is a 12-noon first pitch against the Hornets on Sunday, march 19 to close out the series.