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.
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.
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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.
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.
QUICK HITS ON LAMAR
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 vs. LAMAR
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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 vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN
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