Baseball Starts Play at Houston College Classic this Weekend

Feb. 8, 2007

HOUSTON - Fresh off its 15-6 season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday in the 2007 season, the University of Houston baseball team will head just down the road to Minute Maid Park this weekend to compete at the Houston College Classic.

The Cougars (1-0) open their stay at the tournament at 7 p.m., Friday, when they square off against No. 20 Baylor. From there, the team will face Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m., Saturday and against No. 6 Arizona State at 11 a.m., Sunday.

This marks the seventh straight season that UH will compete at this prestigious regular-season tournament.

All Cougar Baseball games can be heard live on UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinner Nick Torina calling the play-by-play action and Pat Cauley providing color analysis. To access the free broadcast, fans should click on the "Schedules and Results" link on the baseball main page. From there, fans can click on the "Audio Broadcasts" link, which will bring up the 2007 radio schedule.

Fans also can follow live stats via the Internet by clicking the "Gametracker" link on the UH front page or on the Cougar Baseball schedule page.

The Cougars come into the game on the heels of an impressive 15-6 win in their season opener against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday. All but one starter had at least one hit in the game with five recording at least two hits.

Sophomore catcher Luis Flores went 3-for-4 with two runs, a home run and three RBIs to pace the offense, while sophomore DH Jimmy Cesario, senior first baseman Josh Stirneman, junior shortstop Ryan Lormand and senior third baseman Dustin Kingsbury each rapped out two hits against the Lumberjacks.

Junior righthander Aaron Brown will make his first start of the season during the Cougars' opener at the Houston College Classic on Friday.

However, it will be the League City native's second appearance of the 2007 campaign after coming out of the bullpen Tuesday. Brown allowed one run off a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings of relief against the Lumberjacks.

At 6-6, Brown ranks as the tallest player on the 2007 Cougar squad and is the tallest player since Bryan Moore measured in at 6-8 for the 1999 team.

Friday's game will be Brown's third career appearance against the Bears. However, it will be his first start against Baylor.

For the 44th consecutive season, the Cougars will square off against Baylor on the diamond. Baylor owns an 83-59 (.585) lead in the all-time series, which began in 1951 but has been played at least once every season since 1964.

The Cougars bring a two-game winning streak against the Bears into Friday's game after enjoying a 5-3 victory at Cougar Field in 2006.

The Cougars are 1-3 (.250) all-time against Baylor at the Houston College Classic. In the last meeting between the two teams here, the Bears enjoyed an 8-6 win in UH's 2005 season opener.

Friday's game will be the 2007 season opener for Baylor. Junior righthander Randall Linebaugh is scheduled to make the start on the mound for the Bears.



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