PREVIEW: Baseball Hosts Lamar Tuesday, TSU Wednesday

March 17, 2014

HOUSTON – In the midst of its month-long homestand, Houston Baseball looks to remain perfect at Cougar Field as it prepares for two midweek contests, beginning with Lamar on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., followed by Texas Southern at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Tuesday & Wednesday March Madness Special – All Houston Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Holders can take advantage of $6 general admission at the gate during both midweek contests. See a ticket representative at the gate both days as Houston Athletics is encouraging all Men’s Hoops season ticket holders to pick up their 2014 season ticket holder gift on those days as well.

Houston Baseball has won seven of its last eight to improve to 15-3 on the season and has continued to remain perfect at Cougar Field with its 11-0 mark – the best home start since a 14-0 start back in 1989.

The Cougars are coming off a 4-0 week, which saw wins over Baylor and a sweep of Towson for its third weekend sweep of the season. Houston bounced back after falling down 6-1 in the series finale on Sunday to score six runs in the final four innings to win 7-6 in walk-off fashion.

Houston had one of its best offensive outings of the year this past weekend as the Cougars upped their season average to .285, led by four players with a .300+ clip. Senior Frankie Ratcliff is leading the way with his .356 average and 16 runs scored, while sophomore Kyle Survance is riding a 12 game hit streak with his .320 average and 10 RBI.

Junior Michael Pyeatt belted his first career homerun, a grand slam, on Sunday and lifted his average to .313 for third-best on the team, while senior Caleb Barker is coming off a hot week, hitting .464 to improve his average to .304 with a team-leading 14 RBI after tallying nine this past week.

As a team Houston has drawn 86 walks, led by sophomore Josh Vidales’ 17, while swiping 21-of-29 bases, led by Ratcliff’s eight.

The Houston pitching staff still remains in control with its 1.52 season ERA. The Cougars have fanned 125 in 160.0 innings, while walking just 28 – holding opponents to a .202 average.

Leading the way for the starters is junior Aaron Garza, who is 5-0 with a 0.97 ERA. In 37.0 innings, he has fanned 23 and walked just two. Sophomore Jake Lemoine is 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA. He paces the team with 26 strikeouts in his 33.2 innings tossed.

Seeing action as midweek starters this season has been juniors David Longville (1.12 ERA, 0-0) and Matt Locus (0.00 ERA, 1-0).

Out of the pen, Houston has relied heavily on the arms of seniors Chase Wellbrock, who in seven appearances and 12. innings, has five saves and 16 strikeouts for a 0.00 ERA, while Tyler Ford is 2-0 with one save and a 0.55 ERA in nine appearances.

Lamar, a member of the Southland Conference, enters Tuesday’s contest with a 13-8 overall record and saw its five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, falling to conference foe Southeastern Louisiana in a double-header.

Jim Gilligan’s club is hitting .286 with four homeruns and 103 RBI, led by Kevin Santana’s .378 average and team-leading 31 hits. Following him Jacoby Middleton with a .300 clip. Brandon Provost has driven in a team-high 14 RBI.

Lamar has been fanned 129 times to its 104 walks, while swiping 21-of-31 bases.

The Cardinals pitching staff holds an ERA of 3.17, led by weekend starter Will Hibbs’ 1.86 ERA and 2-0 record through 29.0 innings.

Eight different Lamar pitchers have made starts this season.


  • Houston and Lamar will meet for the 78th time in program history on Tuesday.
  • The Cougars lead the all-time series, 50-27, which dates back to 1952.
  • Lamar won the last meeting, 6-3, in Beaumont on March 26, 2013.

Texas Southern, a member of the SWAC, enters Wednesday’s contest with a 5-13 overall record and has dropped its last five contests.

The Tigers are hitting .225, led by Marquis Webb’s .349 average, while Chris Deleon paces the team with 16 RBI. Texas Southern has walked 44 times to its 121 strikeouts, while swiping 18 bases.

Texas Southern’s pitching staff holds an ERA of 4.28, led by a 2-0 record and a 2.08 ERA from Devin Kanorik. Six pitchers have made a start this season with the staff fanning 111 hitters to its 92 walks.


  • Houston and Texas Southern will meet for the 25th time in program history.
  • The series dates back to 1987 with the Cougars owning it at 24-0.
  • Houston won last year’s meeting, 12-2 on April 16, 2013 at Cougar Field.

Starting pitching has not been named for either game this week.

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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).

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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.

Following the two midweek games this week, Houston will welcome College of Charleston to Cougar Field for a three-game set, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will wrap up on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.




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