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Cougars Claw Back, Same Series

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HOUSTON– Houston starter Nathan Medrano was off, supporting a rejuvenated offense as the Cougars bounced back to defeat Wichita State, 5-3 to tie the three-game series on Saturday night from Sanders Field at Schroeder Park.

Medrano (4-1) set career highs for strikeouts (9) and innings pitched (7.1). The right-hander worked about six hits, allowing only one run and two walks. The Gilroy, Calif., native held the Shockers (12-14, 1-1 Americans) off the board until the eighth inning.

After being held in check Friday night, Houston (18-9, 1-1 American) broke through with three runs, aided by four hits, in the second inning. Malachi Lott lined up an RBI single in center field and Ian McMillan smashed a two-run homer for his first of the season.

The Cougars added confidence in the seventh, taking advantage of a Brandon Burkel starting step. The second baseman went home on a Brandon Uhse sacrifice fly forward Zach Arnold hit a solo home run, his team-leading fifth long ball, just inside the left-field foul post.

Houston closer Ben Sear failed a runner at second in the eighth on a pair of strikeouts. The Riverside, RI native allowed a two-run homer in the ninth inning but left the tying run at home plate.

Wichita State starter Payton Tolle (2-3) allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings. Offensively, the Shockers were held at 3 for 17 (.176) with runners on board. Eight-hole hitter Xavier Casserilla (3-for-4) led the way with three hits and two RBIs.

FOLLOWING

The teams close the three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Cougars will send right-handed Derrick Cherry (2-1, 3.65 ERA) to the mound against right-hander Cameron Bye (2-0, 0.00 ERA).

As part of the 75th anniversary celebration weekend, tickets are priced at just $7.50. Come out on Sunday for Children’s Day and Family Day at the ballpark. Children (12 and under) get in free with their junior jersey and can run for the bases after the game.

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