Kyle Survance Named American Player of the Week

March 31, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the fifth time this season, No. 10 Houston Baseball has been rewarded with a conference weekly honor as sophomore Kyle Survance was named this week’s American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, announced by the league office Monday morning.

Joining Survance this week was senior reliever Tyler Ford, being named to the conference’s weekly Honor Roll.

Survance led Houston to a 3-1 week, which included a win over then-No. 10 Rice and a conference series win over Memphis. He hit a team-high .467 with seven hits in 15 at-bats, accompanied by four runs scored from the leadoff spot in four games played. He hit safely in all four games last week, registering two hits in three of the games.

The highlight of his week came in a 7-for-7 effort on the base paths, stealing seven bases – including a career-high four-stolen base performance in Game 3 vs. Memphis on Sunday.

Against Rice, Survance opened the game with a single and scored the Cougars’ first run. In the Saturday win over Memphis, he kept the third inning alive (which was the inning UH came back to tie the game at 3-3) with his two-out single, stolen two bases in that inning and later scored the second run of the frame. In Sunday’s finale, he singled to open the game, stole third and scored on an RBI-single… he reached base four times in Sunday’s game with a walk and hit-by-pitch.

The Jersey Village, Texas native upped his season average to .340 and is hitting .455 in conference play and is 6-of-6 in stolen bases against league competition. He has now reached base safely in 8 straight games.

Named to the American Honor Roll, Ford was absolutely dominant this week – winning two games in relief – tossing a total of 8.0 innings of shutout baseball.

He allowed just two scattered hits and issued no walks and no hit-by-pitches (taking only three total hitters to a 3-2 count) … to go 2-0 out of the pen. He earned his first win of the week in a 4.2 shutout effort in relief over No. 10 Rice … allowing just two hits with two strikeouts. With one out and runners at first and second in the sixth, Ford came in and induced a flyout and popout and then went on to retire 10 in a row – holding Rice without a hit until a two-out single in the eighth. 

He then dominated Memphis in a 3.1 hitless outing – striking out four. In the win over Memphis, he retired all 10 batters he faced, including coming in and striking out the final hitter in the sixth with two runners on hold a 3-3 tie in tact.

Ford is now 4-0 on the year and in his 26.1 total innings, he has yet to allow a walk or hit-by-pitch and has allowed just two earned runs for a team-leading 0.68 ERA in his 12 appearances – holding opponents to a .170 average.

Ford was part of a relief pitching staff that allowed just four hits and no runs in 12.2 innings last week – registering 10 strikeouts and no walks.

He has been instrumental in lowering Houston’s team ERA, which sits atop the nation at 1.56 through 27 games. 

Survance becomes the fifth Cougar honored by the conference office this season as Houston swept the first three weeks with Pitchers of the Week – Jared West, Tyler Ford, Aaron Garza before earning its first Player of the Week in Frankie Ratcliff in Week 4.

Houston has won at least a Player/Pitcher of weekly honor roll every week this season.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Caleb Wallingford, Memphis
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Survance, Houston

Tyler Ford, LHP, Houston
Derrick Salberg, CF, UCF
Bobby Melley, 1B, UConn
Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville                                                                                          
Jimmy Herget, RHP, USF

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