PREVIEW: Baseball Set for Weekend Home Series
March 20, 2014
HOUSTON – Looking for its fifth weekend series win of the season, No. 21 Houston Baseball welcomes 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 conclude on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
LAST TIME OUT
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
The Houston pitching staff still remains in control with its 1.56 season ERA. The Cougars have fanned 137 in 179.0 innings, while walking just 29 – holding opponents to a .198 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.
Houston’s offense is hitting .280, led by senior Frankie Ratcliff’s .350 average, taeam-leading 28 hits, 16 runs scored and nine stolen bases. He is followed by senior Caleb Barker, who has reached base in all 20 games this season, holding an average of .311 to accompany his team-best 14 RBI, while sophomore Kyle Survance is hitting .309 with 11 RBI and 25 hits – recording a hit in 13 of the last 14 games.
The offense has notched 95 walks and has swiped 23-of-25 stolen bases.
QUICK HITS ON COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
The Cougars are led by a solid pitching rotation in RHP Bailey Ober, who paces the team in ERA with a 1.24 and a 4-0 record. In 29.0 innings, Ober has fanned 27 and has held opponents to a .168 average. RHP Taylor Clarke is 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA through 27.0 innings and five starts, while RHP Nathan Helvey is 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA in seven appearances.
Out of the pen, RHP Michael Hanzlik has recorded a team-best five saves in his 10 appearances out of the pen. The staff has recorded 146 strikeouts to its 53 walks, while holding opponents to a .235 clip.
College of Charleston’s offense is hitting .274, led by Blake Butler’s .349 average, team-best 29 hits and 19 runs scored. Carl Wise follows with a .338 clip and team-leading 22 RBI, while Ben Boykin is hitting .308.
The Cougars are slugging .398 and have notched 22-of-29 stolen bases and just 20 errors for a .974 fielding percentage.
HOUSTON vs. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Saturday, March 22
Sunday, March 23
Saturday, March 22 – BALLPARK BINGO
Sunday, March 23 - KIDS DAY
COUGAR SPRING FLING vs. LOUISVILLE TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased in advance through UHCougars.com or by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-462-6647. Tickets on the day of the event can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office, located in the Athletics/Alumni Center at 3100 Cullen Blvd., or at the event’s entrances beginning at 5 p.m.
All Houston Baseball season ticket holders and single game reserved seat ticket holders ($12-15) will be admitted into Cougar Spring Fling with their previously purchased tickets. All seating at the Houston Football Spring Game will be general admission.
Cash parking for the Spring Fling will be available in the Houston Football Stadium parking garage and in lot 16C located across from Cougar Field on Cullen Blvd.
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