March 6, 2013
HOUSTON -- True freshman Josh Vidales continues to add early season accolades to his list after being named as a College Baseball 360 Primetime Performer following his impressive weekend leading Houston Baseball to wins over No. 30 Texas A&M and Baylor at Minute Maid Park.
Vidales proved to be the classic table-setter during the 3-1 week for the Cougars, who won a midweek game against Houston Baptist before earning wins over No. 30 Texas A&M and Baylor at the Astros Foundation College Classic.
The LaPorte, Texas native, reached base nine times during the week, after batting 3-for-6 with six walks, three runs scored and an RBI. He scored twice, adding an RBI and double, in the win over Houston Baptist. Vidales then opened the next two games with leadoff walks. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run in a key win over Texas A&M, then walked four different times (and scored once) vs. Baylor to break the College Classic record with four walks in a single game.
Vidales played error-free baseball at second base throughout the week, batting .300 with nine runs scored, four RBI and a .462 on-base pct. (11 walks, plus one hit-by-pitch).
He was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week (Feb. 18) and to the Astros Foundation College Classic All-Tournament team.
Joining Vidales as this week's Primetime Performers were: Baylor's Cal Towey, Gonzaga's Marco Gonzales, Stanford's Mark Appel, Pacific's Michael Benson, Arizona State's Ryan Burr, North Carolina's Kent Emanuel, Cal State Fullerton's Thomas Eschelman, Georgia Tech's Zane Evans, South Carolina's Jordan Montgomery, Notre Dame's Adam Norton, and Kent State's T.J. Sutton.
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Houston will host Penn State at 4 p.m. Wednesday and then continue the five-game homestand when it welcomes Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Cougar Field for a three-game set this weekend, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.