HOUSTON — After a Tuesday rainout, Houston Baseball announced it will return to action tomorrow, Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. when it welcomes Sam Houston State to Cougar Field for the rescheduled, non-conference matchup between the two schools.
The rescheduled game was announced late Tuesday after both schools agreed to play one day later as the weather looks to clear out of the Houston area by Wednesday evening.
The Cougars are 23-6 and 15-2 at home this season and are coming off a huge Conference USA series road win at Memphis, led by an impressive showing by the Houston pitching staff.
IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
For the second straight week, Houston Baseball appeared as one of the nation’s Top 25, polling in at No. 19 in Baseball America – moving up one spot from its No. 20 debut last week. College Baseball Newspaper continued to rank the Cougars at No. 20 for the second straight week, while Perfect Game USA also kept Houston at No. 22 for the second consecutive week. USA Today Coaches Poll ranked Houston at No. 20 this week as the Coogs polled in at No. 19 a week ago.
LAST TIME OUT AT MEMPHIS
Friday starter and this week’s Conference USA Pitcher of the Week Daniel Poncedeleon tossed his first complete game of his career to improve to 4-2 with a career-tying eight strikeouts and no walks in the effort, while senior Saturday starter AustinPruitt threw 6.0 shutout innings in the scheduled seven-inning game with three strikeouts for the decisive win in the second game of the series.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
· Houston is hitting .280 as a team, led by three freshmen hitting over .300. Justin Montemayor (.333), Josh Vidales (.312) and Kyle Kirk (.308) all lead the Cougars offensively.
· Junior Caleb Barker paces the team in RBI with 25, while junior Frankie Ratcliff follows with 22.
· Houston is averaging 9.0 hits per game and 6.0 runs per game.
· Ratcliff (25) and Vidales (22)lead the team in walks.
· Houston pitching staff holds a2.88 ERA with 23 wins and seven saves.
· Senior Austin Pruitt paces thestaff in wins with a 6-1 record, strikeouts with 49 and is second-best in ERA with a 2.09 ERA.
· Junior Daniel Poncedeleon is 4-2 with a 2.62 ERA and 42 strikeouts, while freshman Jake Lemoine (4-1, 1.72 ERA) and sophomore Aaron Garza (3-1, 3.13 ERA) have combined for seven wins during midweek play and relief efforts.
· Junior Chase Wellbrock has tallied a season-best four saves in 10 relief appearances to lead Houston out of the pen.
· Cougar pitchers have fanned 200 hitters and walked just 71.
QUICK HITS ON SAM HOUSTON STATE
· Sam Houston State is 15-12 and is coming off a Southland Conference series win at SFA this past weekend.
· The Bearkats are hitting .289, led by Jessie Plumlee’s .400 clip, followed by Carter Burgess’ .355 average.
· SHSU is averaging 10.0 hits per game and 5.1 runs per game through 27 games.
· The Bearkats have earned big midweek wins by sweeping Rice in two games and defeating Texas earlier in the year.
· Sam Houston State pitching holds an ERA of 3.92 with 15 wins and five saves.
· Jason Simms has made a team-high 13 appearances, no starts and holds an ERA of 2.66 and a 1-1 record.
· Cody Dickson (4-2, 3.07 ERA), Andrew Godail (3-1, 3.35 ERA), Caleb Smith (3-3, 3.43 ERA) all have made seven starts this season for the Bearkats.
· Tyler Eppler (2-1, 3.38 ERA) made the start in Houston and Sam Houston State’s last meeting earlier this season on Feb. 19 in a 6-3 Cougars win in Huntsville, Texas.
· Bearkat head coach David Pierce was a Cougar Baseball letterwinner from 1984-85.
· Assistant Coach Sean Allen also played for the Cougars from 1998-2001.
· Houston and Sam Houston State will meet for the 154th time in the school history and second time this season.
· The 153 previous meetings ranks third all-time as the Cougars have met Rice 168 times and Texas A&M 166 times.
· Houston owns the all-time series at 77-76 after securing a win in the first meeting this season (Feb. 19 at SHSU – 6-3).
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Houston will be hitting the road for the second straight weekend to play Marshall in a three-game C-USAseries in Charleston, West Virginia. The three-game series begins on Friday at 1:05 p.m. CT, continues at 1:05 p.m. CT on Saturday and wraps up at 9:05 a.m. CT on Sunday.