PREVIEW: Baseball Set for Midweek Tune-Up at SHSU
April 14, 2014
HOUSTON – No. 12 Houston Baseball will take a short trip to Huntsville, Texas to take on Sam Houston State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in a non-conference, midweek tune-up before returning to Cougar Field to host USF in a three-game American Athletic Conference series, beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
Playing its ninth midweek game this season, Houston is 7-1 in those games – which include road wins over then No. 11 Rice and Texas A&M.
Houston begins the week owning a nation's-best 1.81 staff ERA with 26 wins and eight saves. In 313.0 innings, Cougar pitching has fanned 229 hitters and walked just 60 – holding opponents to a .210 batting average.
Lemoine paces the staff with 51 strikeouts in 60.2 innings, while Garza holds the staff lead in innings pitched with 65.1.
Out of the Houston bullpen, Tyler Ford continues to be the go-to guy with a team-leading 15 appearances and a 4-0 record with one save. The lefty owns a 0.81 ERA and has fanned 18 and walked just one in 33.1 innings.
Offensively, Houston is hitting .266 with 150 RBI and 10 homeruns. The Cougars have drawn 161 walks to its 203 strikeouts and have swiped 54-of-67 bases this season.
Leading the charge is Michael Pyeatt with a .325 average. Kyle Survance follows with his .319 average and team-leading 44 hits from the leadoff spot. He ranks third among the team with 19 RBI after belting his first career homerun vs. Louisville.
Survance has swiped 19-of-23 stolen bases, followed by Ratcliff with 14-of-17.
Houston is currently ranked among the nation’s Top 30 in all five national polls, polling in the highest at No. 12 by Perfect Game, while ranking No. 14 by Baseball America.
QUICK HITS ON SAM HOUSTON STATE
Sam Houston his hitting an impressive .291 as a club, led by four Bearkats above the .300 mark. Anthony Azar leads the way with a .362 clip and has driven in a team-best 31 RBI, while Colt Atwood is hitting .351with a team-high 53 hits and 28 runs scored.
As an offensive unit, Sam Houston has walked 125 times to its 213 strikeouts and has stolen 36-of-42 bases this season.
The pitching staff owns a 2.52 ERA and has held its opponents to a .226 average through 25 wins and nine saves. In 325.0 innings, the Bearkats have allowed 129 walks and 201 strikeouts.
Pacing the team in ERA and wins is Sam Odom with his 1.62 ERA and 7-1 record in 10 appearances and five starts. Jason Sims follows with a 3-2 record and four saves to accompany his 2.08 ERA.
Several pitchers have made midweek starts for the Bearkats as Dylan Ebbs was the last to start in a win over Baylor. Ebbs is 2-0 with 0.73 ERA with two starts this season and a total of 24.2 innings.
HOUSTON vs. SAM HOUSTON STATE
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