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Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | April 23, 2017

Houston explodes for nine runs in first inning against Tulane

  Leadoff hitter Connor Wong hit two home runs in the Cougars' big inning.

It took just one pitch for Houston baseball to get on the scoreboard in Sunday's rubber game against Tulane. And the Coogs just kept piling on.

Houston scored nine runs in its first chance up at bat, compiling seven hits and three walks while sending 13 batters to the plate. Connor Wong headlined the successful frame with a pair of home runs, a leadoff shot to right and a three-run bomb to left.

Here's a full rundown of the nine-run bottom of the first:

Connor Wong home run

Connor Hollis walk

Corey Julks walk

Jake Scheiner walk

Jared Triolo line out

Grayson Padgett one-run single

Julks scores on wild pitch

Tyler Bielamowicz two-run single

Wendell Champion single

Jordan Monacy one-run single

Wong three-run home run

Hollis fly out

Julks single

Scheiner fly out

That's nine runs scored all before the second out was recorded, with most of the damage done one base at a time. Five of Houston's seven first inning hits were singles, with the only two extra base hits coming on Wong's pair of homers.

Tulane starting pitcher Ross Massey was replaced four batters into the game after giving up Wong's first home run and subsequently walking the bases loaded.

Houston won Sunday's contest 12-2. The Cougars came into the game averaging 6.3 runs per game.

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