The University of Houston baseball team will play its annual varsity-alumni games on Saturday, January 27, at 12:00 noon at Cougar Field.
The two games, starting with an Exes vs. Exes game followed by an Exes vs. Alumni contest, will be the first look at the 2001 Cougar baseball team. No less than 19 newcomers have joined the squad for 2001 as UH attempts to duplicate the Conference USA regular season and tournament championships the team won a year ago. Houston head coach Rayner Noble welcomes back nine returning lettermen from last season's 48-18 team that hosted an NCAA Super Regional.
Following the games there will be a baseball alumni reception and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Allen Center. All former baseball lettermen are invited to attend the day's activities and may call assistant coach Todd Whitting at 713-743-9415 for more information.
The Cougars will open the 2001 season February 2-4 with three games at the fabulous Enron Field, the downtown home of major league baseball's Houston Astros. The games are part of a six-team, college tournament featuring former member's of the old Southwest Conference including Baylor, Rice, Texas, TCU and Texas Tech. UH will face No. 17 ranked Baylor at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. Houston then meets Texas at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 3) and Texas Tech at 12 noon on Sunday.
Fans should call the Cougar Ticket Office at 713-743-9444 for Enron Classic tournament ticket prices. Season tickets for home games at Cougar Field are also available. In 2001 Houston hosts regional powers Rice (twice), Baylor, Texas A&M and NCAA Tournament participant Southwest Texas State. West coast powers USC (a College World Series participant last season) and Cal State Fullerton will play three-game series at Cougar Field in March. In C-USA action UH be home for series with No. 20 ranked Southern Miss, Charlotte, UAB and Saint Louis.