PREVIEW: No. 10 Cougars on the Road at Texas A&M

March 31, 2014

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HOUSTON - No. 10 Houston Baseball will embark on a four-game road swing this week, beginning with a non-conference midweek contest on the road at Texas A&M on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. at Blue Bell Park in College Station, Texas.

Houston will enter Tuesday's contest with a record of 22-5 and a 3-1 mark on the road this season. The Cougars are coming off a home weekend series win over conference foe Memphis. Houston is 5-1 in midweek competition this year, which includes two wins over nationally-ranked Rice.

Winners of seven of their last eight, Houston continues jumped into the nation's Top 10 - polling in at No. 10 in both Baseball America and Perfect Game's Top 25 poll.

Through the first 27 games, the Cougars are led by a pitching staff that holds the nation's lowest staff ERA at 1.56. Weekend starters Aaron Garza (6-1, 1.17 ERA, 29 K, 54.0 IP), Jake Lemoine (4-1, 1.22, 36 K, 44.1 IP) and Jared West (2-1, 2.91 ERA, 29 K, 34.0 IP) have combined for 12 wins and just three losses in 21 starts between the trio. 

Seeing action as a starter during midweek action has been David Longville (0-0, 2.00 ERA, 15 K, 18.0 IP), Matt Locus (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 K, 5.2 IP) and Kirby Peek (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6 K, 9.0 IP).

The highlight of last week came from the Houston bullpen, led by Tyler Ford (4-0, 0.68 ERA, 14 K, 26.1 IP) and Chase Wellbrock (1-0, 6 SV, 0.00 ERA, 20 K, 17.0 IP). Ford earned two wins last week and has yet to allow a walk in his 26.1 innings in his team-high 12 relief appearances this season, while Wellbrock holds a 0.00 ERA in his 17.0 innings as the Cougar closer.

The pitching staff has fanned 182 hitters, while walking just 39 to hold its opponents to a .200 average.

Offensively, Houston is hitting .270, led by Kyle Survance and Michael Pyeatt - who hold a .340 and .339 average, respectively. Survance has a team-high 36 hits, followed by Frankie Ratcliff's 40 and team-best 21 runs scored. Five Cougars have at least 13 RBI, led by 17 from Caleb Barker.

As a team, the Cougars have tallied 129 walks and have stolen 41-of-51 bases.

Texas A&M, a member of the SEC, returns to action on Tuesday with an overall record of 18-11 and a 4-5 mark in the SEC. The Aggies are coming off a series loss on the road at Georgia.

As a pitching staff, Texas A&M holds an ERA of 2.87, led by Grayson Long's 1.84 ERA. Long, Parker Ray and Daniel Mengden all have made weekend starts, combining for seven wins.

Making spot starts throughout the year have been Matt Kent (3.10 ERA, 2-0), Ryan Hendrix (6.35 ERA, 0-2) and Tyler Stubblefield (2.33 ERA, 3-1). Out of the pen, the Aggies are led by Andrew Vinson's 17 appearances, 2.11 ERA and 1-1 record, while Jason Jester is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 appearances with three saves.

Offensively, Texas A&M is hitting .276, led by Patrick McLendon's .350 clip and 18 runs scored. Cole Lanford paces the team with 36 hits and 20 RBI to accompany his .308 average, while the team has 99 walks to its 129 strikeouts. 


  • Houston and Texas A&M is the second-most played series in program history as the two teams meet for the 167th time on Tuesday, dating back to 1949.
  • The Aggies own the all-time series, 109-56-1.
  • Houston has won the last two meetings over Texas A&M with the most recent one coming in a 7-6 victory at Minute Maid Park back on March 1, 2013.
  • Last time the Cougars went to College Station, Texas came in a 3-2 win on April 5, 2011.

Houston: RHP David Longville (2.00 ERA, 0-0, 18.0 IP, 15 K)
                         or LHP Matt Locus (0.00 ERA, 1-0, 5.2 IP, 3 K)
Texas A&M: LHP Matt Kent (3.10 ERA, 2-0, 20.1 IP, 17 K)

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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.

Tickets for the Cougar Spring Fling, good for general admission to both events, are just $5 prior to April 11 and $10 on April 11. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE COUGAR SPRING FLING.

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.

For questions or concerns, call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275).

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 Cougars' Tuesday contest in College Station, Texas, Houston will travel to Piscataway, N.J. for a three-game conference series vs. Rutgers. Houston and Rutgers will begin on Friday at 2 p.m. CT, continue on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT and wrap on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.



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