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11

Houston HOU 32-16

8

Wichita State WSU 16-32

Houston HOU

32-16

11

Final

8

Wichita State WSU

16-32

R H E
Houston HOU 11 11 0
Wichita State WSU 8 13 2

W: CLAYTON, Logan (4-3) L: Tolle, Payton (3-6) S: SEARS, Ben (11)

WICHITA, Kan. – The University of Houston used a six-run third inning and consistent output across its batting order to secure the three-game series with an 11-8 win against Wichita State in the finale Sunday afternoon from Eck Stadium.
 
Houston junior Brandon Uhse was a catalyst at the top of the order, tallying three hits including driving in a pair to highlight a three-run sixth inning. The three-run output came after the Shockers (16-32, 5-13 American) cut their deficit to one run with a three-run fifth.
 
The Cougars (32-16, 12-6 American) sent all nine batters to the plate in the third, chasing Wichita State freshman starter Payton Tolle (3-6) who allowed five runs on five hits during a season-low 2.1 innings. Houston batted .444 (8 for 18) with runners aboard.
 
Houston produced three consecutive run-scoring base hits among five total in the frame. Freshman Cameron Nickens swatted a two-RBI single into left center. Senior Ryan Hernandez sent a run-scoring single into center and redshirt junior Ian McMillan followed with an RBI-double. 
 
Redshirt sophomore Anthony Tulimero crushed a two-run home run and threw out his 20th runner of the season becoming the first Cougar catcher since Caleb Barker in 2014 to reach the milestone.
 
Houston closer Ben Sears entered with two outs in the fifth inning and went the distance to earn his 11th save. The right-hander stranded runners in the fifth and sixth innings. The 4.1-inning appearance was his longest of the season. He allowed one run on three hits.

Cougar junior reliever Logan Clayton (4-3) picked up the victory after allowing three runs on three hits in 2.0 innings. Junior starter Nathan Medrano permitted four runs on seven hits in 2.2 frames.
 
The Cougars, who entered the day tied for second and 2.0 games back of league-leader East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference standings, won their fifth league series in six opportunities. It marked Houston’s fourth consecutive conference series victory.
 
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Team Statistics

Pitching
W: CLAYTON, Logan (4-3)
L: Tolle, Payton (3-6)
S: SEARS, Ben (11)

Houston

Batting
2B: MCMILLAN, Ian 1; LOTT, Malachi 1
HR: TULIMERO, Anthony 1
RBI: UHSE, Brandon 2; ARNOLD, Zach 1; LOPEZ, Alex 1; TULIMERO, Anthony 2; NICKENS, Cameron 2; HERNANDEZ, R. 1; MCMILLAN, Ian 1
BASERUNNING:
RUNS: UHSE, Brandon 1; LOPEZ, Alex 2; TULIMERO, Anthony 2; NICKENS, Cameron 1; HERNANDEZ, R. 1; MCMILLAN, Ian 1; LOTT, Malachi 1; BURCKEL, Brandon 2
SB: LOTT, Malachi 1; BURCKEL, Brandon 1
CS: UHSE, Brandon 1
HBP: TULIMERO, Anthony 1
PO: GARCIA, Santiago 1

Wichita State

BATTING:
2B: Rodden, Brock 2; Thornhill, Sawyre 1; Kocis, Garrett 1; Cornblum, Couper 1
HR: Rodden, Brock 1; Cadena, Ross 1
RBI: Ingram, Chuck 1; Rodden, Brock 4; Cadena, Ross 2
BASERUNNING:
RUNS: Ingram, Chuck 2; Rodden, Brock 1; Kocis, Garrett 1; Cadena, Ross 1; Casserilla, Xavier 2; Cornblum, Couper 1
SB: Ingram, Chuck 1
CS: Thornhill, Sawyre 1
HBP: Casserilla, Xavier 1

Hits

HOU

11

WSU

13

Stolen Bases

Strikeouts

Game Leaders

Players Mentioned

#12 Ian McMillan

INF
6′ 0″
165 lbs
Redshirt Freshman

#40 Ryan Hernandez

1B
6′ 4″
240 lbs
Senior

#24 Ben Sears

RHP
6′ 5″
208 lbs
Junior

#4 Brandon Uhse

OF
6′ 2″
198 lbs
Junior

#18 Cameron Nickens

OF
6′ 3″
190 lbs
Freshman

#5 Anthony Tulimero

C
6′ 0″
185 lbs
Redshirt Sophomore

#34 Nathan Medrano

RHP
6′ 0″
170 lbs
Junior

#49 Logan Clayton

RHP
6′ 5″
192 lbs
Junior

Players Mentioned

#12 Ian McMillan

6′ 0″
165 lbs
Redshirt Freshman
INF

#40 Ryan Hernandez

6′ 4″
240 lbs
Senior
1B

#24 Ben Sears

6′ 5″
208 lbs
Junior
RHP

#4 Brandon Uhse

6′ 2″
198 lbs
Junior
OF

#18 Cameron Nickens

6′ 3″
190 lbs
Freshman
OF

#5 Anthony Tulimero

6′ 0″
185 lbs
Redshirt Sophomore
C

#34 Nathan Medrano

6′ 0″
170 lbs
Junior
RHP

#49 Logan Clayton

6′ 5″
192 lbs
Junior
RHP