Houston Cougars sweep, clinch share of title in the American

The Houston Cougars clinched at least a share of the regular-season title in the American Athletic Conference Friday by winning two games against 25th-ranked Connecticut at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford.

After winning the first game, 6-5, Houston rolled to a 10-1 victory for the sweep and a second straight regular-season title.

The Cougars won the first game when Lael Lockhart homered and doubled in a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.

They hung on in the ninth inning when relief pitcher Joe Pulido choked off a Huskies rally, ending it with the potential tying run at third base and the winner at second.

In the second game, designated hitter Joe Davis hit two home runs, added two doubles and drove in four runs.


The JB Replay uses Baseball America as the source for its national rankings.


Houston — 31-19, 16-7
Connecticut — 29-16-1, 11-9