PREVIEW: No. 10 Cougars on the Road at Texas A&M
March 31, 2014
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.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
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.
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.
QUICK HITS ON TEXAS A&M
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 vs. TEXAS A&M
HOME GAMES - TICKET INFORMATION
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.
For questions or concerns, call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275).
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