PREVIEW: Baseball Hosts Baylor Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

    March 10, 2014

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    HOUSTON - Gearing up for its 13-game homestand this month, No. 30 Houston Baseball will first welcome Baylor to Cougar Field Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Cougars will enter the midweek, non-conference matchup with an 11-3 overall record.

    PROMOTIONS
    Kids Eat Free Night - First 100 kids 8th grade or younger in attendance receive a FREE hot dog, small popcorn and drink.


    QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
    Houston Baseball looks to remain unbeaten at Cougar Field with a 7-0 record, the best home record since a 7-0 start back in 2006. The Cougars are coming off a 3-1 week, which saw big wins over No. 9 UCLA, USC and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

    Houston's pitching dominance still remains atop the nation with a 1.02 ERA and six shutouts through the first 14 games. The Cougars are led by junior Aaron Garza's 4-0 record and minuscule 0.30 ERA in 30.0 innings pitched. Sophomore RHP Jake Lemoine is 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA in four starts, while sophomore LHP Jared West is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA.

    Garza and Lemoine are two of only 20 pitchers in the nation that are 4-for-4 in quality starts this season.

    Senior RHP Chase Wellbrock has notched four saves this season and 16 in his career, last one coming in a win at UCLA, where he tied the Houston all-time saves record with his 16th, which was held by Ryan Wagner (2002-03).

    The Cougars' staff has fanned 95 hitters and walked just 17 in 124.0 innings, while allowing 14 earned runs - holding opponents to a .196 average.

    Houston's offense is coming alive as the Cougars are now hitting .262, led by American Athletic Confere Player of the Week senior Frankie Ratcliff's .333 average and team-best 19 hits and 11 runs scored. Sophomore Kyle Survance is riding an eight-game hit streak and has upped his average to .304. Sophomore Ashford Fulmer continues to pace the team with eight RBI, followed by Ratcliff with seven.


    QUICK HITS ON BAYLOR
    Baylor enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 8-7 and a 1-3 mark on the road. The Bears are coming off two wins vs. then-No. 4 Cal State Fullerton in Waco, Texas last weekend.

    As a team, Baylor is hitting .241, led by Brett Doe's .304 clip. Mitch Price follows with a .294 average and a team-best 11 RBI, followed by Grayson Porter's 10 RBI. The Bears have belted six homeruns and driven in 65 for a slugging percentage of .331.

    Baylor's pitching staff owns a 3.91 ERA in 15 games thus far, notching eight wins and five saves. The Bears have managed to strike out 95 hitters, while walking 53. Austin Stone (1.61 ERA, 2-1) and Brad Kuntz (1.71 ERA, 2-0) have each tallied two wins, while Daniel Castano (3.29 ERA, 1-0) follows in ERA and has one win. Closer Josh Michalec has all six saves for the Bears this season.

    Houston is slated to face RHP Drew Tolson.


    HOUSTON vs. BAYLOR

    • Houston and Baylor will meet for the 151st time in program history on Tuesday.
    • This all-time series is the fourth most-played series in program history for the Cougars.
    • Baylor leads the all-time series, 87-63, but Houston has won the last three, sweeping the 2013 series.
    • Last meeting: Houston 3, Baylor 2 (March 16, 2013 at Cougar Field)

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

    Tuesday, March 11
    Houston: RHP David Longville (0.00 ERA, 0-0, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K) or
    LHP Matt Locus (0.00 ERA, 1-0, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K)
    Baylor: RHP Drew Tolson (9.00 ERA, 0-2, 6.0 IP, 10 H, 4 BB, 2 K)


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    TICKET INFORMATION
    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 33 home games.

    SEASON TICKETS
    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.


    ON DECK
    Houston will continue its month-long homestand, when it welcomes Towson to Cougar Field this weekend for a three-game series, slated to begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Cougars will continue on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and wrap up on Sunday at 1 p.m.


     

     

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