Cougar Baseball Team Picked 3rd in C-USA Coaches Poll

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    Chicago, IL -- The University of Houston baseball team was picked to finish third in Conference USA on a preseason poll of the league's 10 head coaches the C-USA office announced on Tuesday, January 23.

    The Cougars have lost 16 lettermen from the C-USA and NCAA Regional championship team of last season. Houston was tabbed for third behind Tulane and Southern Miss teams that are both currently ranked in the nation's Preseason Top 25 by Baseball America.

    Cincinnati, UH's opponent in the championship game of the C-USA Tournament a year ago, was picked fourth while Charlotte was fifth. Rounding out the poll are South Florida, UAB, Louisville, Memphis, and Saint Louis.

    The first game of the season will be Friday, February 2, against Baylor downtown at Enron Field. To kickoff the season the baseball program 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. varsity contest, will be the first look at the 2001 Cougar baseball team. No less than 19 newcomers have joined the squad for 2001. 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.

    (as selected by C-USA's head coaches)
    1.  Tulane
    2.  Southern Miss
    3.  Houston
    4.  Cincinnati
    5.  Charlotte
    6.  South Florida
    7.  UAB
    8.  Louisville
    9.  Memphis
    10. Saint Louis
    Jake Gautreau, Tulane (Junior, Third Baseman)
    Chad Rogers, Southern Miss (Senior, Righthander)
    P   Shea Douglas    So.     Southern Miss
    P   John Gorham     Jr.     South Florida
    P   Chad Rogers     Sr.     Southern Miss
    RP  Curtus Moak     Sr.     Cincinnati
    C   Darren Welch    Jr.     Southern Miss
    IF  Daniel Boyd     Sr.     South Florida
    IF  Jake Gautreau   Jr.     Tulane
    IF  James Jurries   Jr.     Tulane
    IF  Kevin Youkilis  Sr.     Cincinnati
    OF  Michael Artman  Sr.     Southern Miss
    OF  Dusty Haley     Sr.     Southern Miss
    OF  Matt Singer     Sr.     Cincinnati
    OF  Mike Taylor     So.     Charlotte
    DH  Steve Shirley   Sr.     Tulane



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