Extended winning streak – University of Houston Athletics
WICHITA, Kansas – The University of Houston scored four runs in the sixth inning, overcoming a three-run deficit to lead its American Athletic Conference winning streak to six games with a 7-4 victory at Wichita State on Friday night since the Eck stadium.
The Cougars, who couldn’t do much against second-year Wichita State starter Jace Kaminska (2-7) in the first five innings, taxed the right-hander in the sixth highlight by a three-point brace from the right field line in freshman. Malachi Lott (1 for 3).
Houston (31-15, 11-5 American) added insurance in the eighth as a senior Ryan Hernandez (1 for 4) smashed a two-run home run off the wall to left center. The long ball was first baseman’s seventh of the season and provided an answer after the Shockers (15-31, 4-12 Americans) cut their deficit to one in the sixth.
cougar starter Jaycob Deese (5-2) allowed just four runs despite nine hits in 7.0 innings. The right-hander used the ball in double play in consecutive innings in the sixth and seventh and threw over 5.0 innings for the ninth time in 10 starts.
Kaminska allowed five runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts in 6.0 innings while suffering her fifth straight loss. cougar closer Ben Sear locked his 10th save behind 2.0 goalless frames.
With the win, the Cougars picked up their 17th comeback victory, including a seventh involving multiple runs. The Shockers claimed a 3-0 advantage after two innings before Houston scored seven of the game’s final eight points.
Teams return for the middle game at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Cougars will send the junior left-hander Kyle La Calameto (2-1, 3.26 ERA) to the mound against Wichita State second right-hander Cameron Bye (4-1, 2.03 ERA). The contest can be seen on ESPN+ and heard on The Varsity Network app.
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