PREVIEW: Baseball Set for Midweek Tune-Up at SHSU

April 14, 2014

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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.

The Cougars enter the midweek tune-up with a record of 26-9 and a national ranking of 12th. Houston is coming off a tough series loss to conference foe and then No. 10-Louisville at home.

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.

Weekend starters Jake Lemoine (1.34 ERA, 5-2), Aaron Garza (1.79 ERA, 6-3) and Jared West (2.66 ERA, 2-2) have combined for a 13-7 record and hold a combined ERA of 1.93 in 27 starts.

Lemoine paces the staff with 51 strikeouts in 60.2 innings, while Garza holds the staff lead in innings pitched with 65.1.

Houston’s midweek pitching has been seen the work of David Longville (0-0, 3.33 ERA), Andrew Lantrip (2-0, 0.84 ERA), Matt Locus (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Kirby Peek (0-0, 3.00 ERA).

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.

Chase Wellbrock holds the team lead in saves with seven and is 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in 12 appearances, while Jared Robinson is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 14 appearances.

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.

Casey Grayson paces the team with 22 RBI and is hitting .299, while Frankie Ratcliff has scored team-high 26 runs, followed by Josh Vidales at 25.

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.

Sam Houston State, a member of the Southland Conference, holds a record of 25-11 this season and is 15-5 at home. The Bearkats debuted in the nation’s Top 25 earlier this season and have won midweek games over Rice, Texas A&M, McNeese State and Baylor.

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 and Sam Houston State will meet for the 155th time in program history, dating back to 1947. This is the third most-played series in Houston history (Rice – 173 meetings, Texas A&M – 167 meetings, Sam Houston State – 154 meetings).
  • The series is tied at 77-77 and the two teams have met at least once for the last 13 years – including 2014.
  • Tuesday’s game marks the first of two meetings with the Bearkats – next one coming on Tuesday, April 22 at Cougar Field – 6:30 p.m.
  • The two teams split the 2013 midweek contests with Houston winning on the road and Sam Houston State winning at Cougar Field.

Houston will likely throw RHP David Longville (3.33 ERA, 0-0) or RHP Andrew Lantrip (0.84 ERA, 2-0), while Sam Houston State is slated to throw RHP Dylan Ebbs (0.73 ERA, 2-0).

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Following Tuesday’s road midweek tune-up, Houston will return to Cougar Field for its second straight home conference series when it welcomes USF to Cougar Field for a three-game set. The series will begin on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., continue on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and wrap on Saturday at Noon.
Note: Series will begin Thursday due to Easter weekend.



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