Feb. 18, 2014
HOUSTON – Houston Baseball will look to continue its winning ways on Wednesday when it travels across Hwy. 288 to take on No. 11/15/17 Rice at Reckling Park. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
In 27.0 innings during Opening Weekend, Houston pitching allowed just two walks to Nicholls State.
Houston will face five first-time opponents: Towson, College of Charleston, Rutgers, Temple, UConn.
After the weekend sweep of Nicholls State on Opening Weekend, Houston is now 11-1 during the first weekend of the season under head coach Todd Whitting.
Houston will play nine games against the Southland Conference this season, beginning with the three-game set vs. Nicholls State.
The Cougars will make their 14th straight appearance in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Feb. 28-March 1.
2014 marks the 20th season played at Cougar Field. The 1995 team was the first to play at the constructed stadium.
Houston starting pitching (Aaron Garza, Jake Lemoine, Jared West) combined to throw 21 shutout innings during its sweep of Nicholls State on Opening Weekend.
The Cougars will play 25 of their first 28 games in the city of Houston, which includes a stretch of 12 to open the season and a stretch of 13 in March.
29 Houston Baseball student-athletes reside from the state of Texas.
Houston and Rice will play for the 43rd consecutive year as the series streak began back in 1972. The overall series was played in 1948 and 1949, but returned in 1972.
Houston and Rice will meet for the 172nd time in the history of the program on Wednesday. The 172 meetings is the most-played series in Houston Baseball history.
Senior Casey Grayson slugged 1.000 during the Cougars’ Opening Weekend sweep of Nicholls State. He belted a homerun, double and drove in three runs on five hits along with three walks for an average of .545.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
Houston returns to play at Rice after opening the 2014 campaign with a clean sweep of Nicholls State last weekend. Dominating pitching that finished the weekend with a 0.67 ERA highlighted the Cougars’ series.
All three Houston starters (Aaron Garza, Jake Lemoine, Jared West) pitched 7.0 shutout innings en route to wins, combining for 14 strikeouts and just two walks. Cougar relievers’ Chase Wellbrock and Tyler Ford each earned saves, while Jared Robinson and Bubba Maxwell each tossed strong outings late in relief.
Offensively, the Cougars posted an average of 10 hits per game, led by a .556 weekend by senior Casey Grayson (5x9), who belted a homerun, double and drove in three runs. Senior Frankie Ratcliff hit .545 with two doubles, three RBI and scored three runs for Houston.
WEST GARNERS AMERICAN PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Sophomore LHP Jared West was honored as this week’s American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week after earning his first collegiate victory last Sunday over Nicholls State. The Frierson, La. native rode a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished the game allowing just one hit in 7.0 shutout innings with a career-high four strikeouts and no walks for the victory.
Teammate junior RHP Aaron Garza was named to the weekly Honor Roll after also tossing 7.0 shutout frames, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts for the Friday-evening win.
QUICK HITS ON RICE
Rice will meet Texas State Tuesday evening before hosting the Cougars on Wednesday, but the Owls are coming off a 2-1 start at Stanford this past weekend.
Heading into its midweek contests, Rice is led offensively by Skyler Ewing’s .583 average, which saw seven hits in 12 at-bats, including two homeruns for a total of eight RBI in three games. John Williamson follows with a .455 clip, while Keenan Cook added three RBI over the series.
On the pitching side, Blake Fox and Jordan Stephens picked up wins, while Matt Dittman and Zech Lemond earned saves. The staff holds a 5.54 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 26.0 innings.
HOUSTON vs. RICE - SILVER GLOVE SERIES HISTORY
- Most played series in Houston Baseball history
- Will meet for the 172nd time
- Rice owns series 100-71
- Series dates back to 1948
- Rice has won the last two meetings after Houston won the series opener in 2013
- Known as the ‘Silver Glove Series’, which began in 1998
- Marks the first meeting of three this season
- Rice owns a 53-27 record over Houston at Reckling Park
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
As of now, Houston and Rice have not announced their starting pitcher.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
The Cougars will then return home to host Michigan in a three-game set at Cougar Field. The series will take place on Feb. 21-23. Game times are slated for 6:30 pm (Friday), 6:30 pm (Saturday) and 11:30 am (Sunday). For tickets, click here or call (713) GO-COOGS.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE WEEKEND SERIES VS. MICHIGAN
SINGLE GAME TICKETS
Single-game tickets begin as low as $6 for youth and $8 for adults in general admission seating (Level 200) and as low as $8 for youth and $10 for adults in reserved seating (Level 100).
Premium games for the Cougars will include the Baylor midweek game (Tues., March 11), the Rice midweek game (Tues., March 25) and the Louisville weekend series (April 11-13). Premium games begin as low as $7 for youth and $10 for adults in general admission seating (Level 200) and as low as $12 for youth and $15 for adults in reserved seating (Level 100).
By visiting UHCougars.com, clicking the Tickets link, and then Purchase Tickets, while following the appropriate links to the Baseball page or by clicking here, fans can begin purchasing tickets for single games at Cougar Field this season.
FAMILY PLAN TICKET PACKAGE
Families can purchase the Family Plan for just $399, which includes two adult and two youth General Admission tickets to each of the 30 remaining home games.
General Admission seats include 33 "Anytime Tickets". You may use one ticket to each home game, 33 tickets to one game, or any combination in between.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $150 (33 home games/$4.50 per ticket), while Reserved season tickets start at only $200 (33 home games/$6.00 per ticket).
To purchase, visit the Tickets tab, Purchase Tickets, while following the appropriate links to the Baseball page under Season Tickets or by clicking here.
For questions or concerns, call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275).
KIDS (8th grade & younger) with CAMP T-SHIRT GET IN FREE
Kids who show up to Cougar Field in a UH Baseball Camp T-Shirt and are in the eighth grade or younger will receive FREE ADMISSION to any Houston Baseball home game.
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