PREVIEW: Baseball Hosts Baylor Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
March 10, 2014
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.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
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
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
Tuesday, March 11
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