Houston's Todd Whitting and Purdue's Mark Wasikowski (Aaron Fitt)

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Houston, Purdue Show Grit In Chapel Hill

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Houston battled its way back from a 4-0 deficit in Sunday’s elimination game against Purdue, breaking a 4-4 tie with four runs in the eighth to win 8-4 and end Purdue’s season. Both of these teams stood out for their competitiveness and resilience over the course of the season, and those traits were on full display Sunday, too.

“One of the important things in our program — I talk to kids all the time, it’s part of our culture — is enthusiasm,” Houston coach Todd Whitting said. “And when you play with enthusiasm, you can overcome a lot. … At some point, when you play with enthusiasm, things have to turn around for you. They have to.”

Houston tied the game with three runs in the sixth, capped by Connor Hollis’ RBI double. Then the Cougars went ahead on Joe Davis’ opposite-field solo homer leading off the bottom of the eighth, sparking a four-run outburst that included back-to-back RBI triples by Tyler Bielamowicz and Grayson Padgett.


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