Houston Baseball Debuts in NCBWA Top 30 Poll
March 10, 2014
DALLAS, Texas – Houston Baseball debuted for the first time this season among the nation’s Top 30, polling in at No. 30 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) weekly poll, announced late Monday afternoon.
The No. 30 ranking is the first national ranking in any poll for the Cougars since late April 2013 where Houston was ranked No. 30 and wrapped up six straight weeks among the nation’s best.
Houston is off to an 11-3 start, which features wins over Top 30 programs in then-No. 11 Rice, No. 9 UCLA, No. 26 Texas Tech, while also collecting solid wins over USC and a sweep of Michigan.
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.
Your No. 30 Houston Baseball team will host Baylor this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Cougar Field in the first game of its March-long 13-game homestand. The Cougars are looking to remain unbeaten at home as they currently ride a 7-0 start at home.
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ABOUT THE NCBWA POLL
The current poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks, and 13 circuits have been rated this season.
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