PREVIEW: Baseball Plays Texas A&M-CC Wednesday

March 4, 2014

HOUSTON – Houston Baseball will gear up for one midweek contest before traveling out West this weekend when it welcomes Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Cougar Field Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

Houston enters Wednesday’s contest with an 8-2 record and a 6-0 mark at Cougar Field this season. The Cougars are coming off arguably one of the toughest weekends they may have this season, shutting out No. 26 Texas Tech and dropping one-run games to No. 15 Texas and No. 12 TCU in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

Houston is led by its stellar pitching staff that leads the nation with an 0.80 ERA and five shutouts in 10 games. The staff has allowed just eight earned runs in 90.0 innings, accompanied by its 77 strikeouts and just 10 walks – holding opponents to a .172 clip.

Junior weekend starter Aaron Garza is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA in 22.0 innings. He was just honored as the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week – the third straight weekly pitching honor for the Cougars this season as well as being tabbed the Houston College Classic Most Valuable Player (MVP).

He is joined by starters Jake Lemoine (1-1) and Jared West (1-0) with wins, while the bullpen has been exceptional, led by senior Tyler Ford (0.00 ERA, 10.0 IP, 1-0) and senior closer Chase Wellbrock (0.00 ERA, 3 saves, 7.1 IP, 9 K).

Offensively, Houston has seen its ups and downs, but the have found ways to score runs when needed, led by senior Casey Grayson’s .343 average. He paces the team with a .543 slugging percentage and 12 hits, while sophomore Ashford Fulmer has six RBI to lead the team in the nine-hole.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a member of the Southland Conference, will enter Wednesday’s contest with a 5-8 record, posting wins over UT-Arlington, BYU and UT-Pan American. The Islanders are coming off a series win at UT-Arlington, taking two of three from the Mavericks on the road.

TAMUCC is hitting .255 as a team, led by four .300+ hitters. Kyle Danford paces the team with a .333 average and 14 RBI on 17 hits. He is followed by Brandon Tierney’s .324 clip and .412 slugging percentage.

The team has recorded 15-of-19 in stolen bases, but has committed 26 errors for a .944 fielding percentage.

The Islanders’ pitching staff holds a 4.93 ERA through their first 13 games, posting two saves in 107.2 innings. Devin Skapura and Matt Danton each have two wins as starters, while Kaleb Keith leads the team with two saves.

Houston will face RHP Kevin Landgrebe, making his first start of the season. He has appeared in relief in six games for a total of 6.2 innings. Landgrebe has fanned seven and walked just one, allowing two earned runs for a 2.70 ERA and a 1-0 record.


  • Houston and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will meet for just the fifth time in program history.
  • The series is all knotted at 2-2.
  • The Cougars won the 2013 series, taking two of three at Cougar Field.

As of now, Houston has not announced its starting pitcher, but fans could likely see RHP David Longville or LHP Matt Locus.  

Wednesday, March 5
Houston: RHP David Longville or LHP Matt Locus (0.00 ERA, 0-0, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: RHP Kyle Landgrebe (2.70 ERA, 1-0, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 K)

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Fans who previously purchased tickets to the originally schedule March 4 game can call the ticket office for more information about exchanging your ticket for Wednesday's contest.

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.

Families can purchase the Family Plan for just $399, which includes two adult and two youth General Admission tickets to each of the 33 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.

Houston will head out to California for its first weekend away from the city of Houston when it faces USC, UCLA and Pepperdine at their respective stadiums.  

  • Houston vs. USC – Friday – 8 p.m. CT – Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Houston vs. UCLA – Saturday – 4 p.m. CT – Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Houston vs. Pepperdine – Sunday – 12 p.m. CT – Malibu, Calif.



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