PREVIEW: Baseball to Host Texas Southern, McNeese State in Midweek Play

    April 15, 2013

    HOUSTON – University of Houston Baseball will continue its homestand with five games this week, beginning with Texas Southern Tuesday and McNeese State Wednesday. Both midweek games are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cougar Field.

    AT A GLANCE
    Logo Houston
    (25-11)
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    Cougar Field
    Houston, Texas

    Texas Southern
    (16-16)
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    Schedule
    Logo McNeese State
    (19-15)
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    Schedule
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    Tues., April 16
    Texas Southern
     6:30 p.m.Notes

    ª GAMEDAY CENTRAL

    ª TICKETS
    Probable Starters:
    Houston: TBA
    Texas Southern TBA
    Houston and Texas Southern will meet for the 24th time in school history. The Cougars own the series, 23-0.
    Wed., April 17
    McNeese State
     6:30 p.m. Notes

    ª GAMEDAY CENTRAL

    ª TICKETS
    Probable Starters:
    Houston: TBA
    McNeese State: TBA
    Houston and McNeese State will meet for the 57th time in school history. The Cougars own the series at 43-13.

    The Cougars enter the week with a 25-11 overall record despite dropping two of three with Seton Hall this past weekend.

    QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
    ·      Houston is hitting .272 as a team, led by freshmen Justin Montemayor (.314), Kyle Kirk (.312) and sophomore Michael Pyeatt (.303) each with .300 or better averages.
    ·      The Cougars are average 8.8 hits per game and 5.7 runs per game through their first 36 games.
    ·      Juniors Caleb Barker (29) and Frankie Ratcliff (27) pace the team in RBI, while Ratcliff (30) and freshman Josh Vidales (28) have drawn 58 combined walks.
    ·      Houston has hit 11 homeruns, led by Montemayor and Barker with three each, while Ratcliff has belted two.
    ·      The Cougars have stolen 51-of-60 bases, led by freshman Kyle Survance’s 12-of-12 effort.
    ·      Houston’s pitching staff holds a 3.55 ERA with 25 wins and eight saves.
    ·      Senior Austin Pruitt leads the team in ERA (1.99), wins (7-2), complete games (3), innings (68.0), and strikeouts (66).
    ·      Starters Jake Lemoine (5-2, 2.01), Aaron Garza (3-2, 3.23) and Daniel Poncedeleon (4-3, 4.28) have combined for 12 wins.
    ·      Junior Chase Wellbrock, out of the pen, leads the team with five saves. He joins junior Tyler Ford with a team-high 13 appearances.
    ·      The staff has struck out 244 hitters and walked just 97.

    QUICK HITS ON TEXAS SOUTHERN
    ·      Texas Southern is 16-16 this season and 7-10 away from their home ballpark.
    ·      The Tigers are hitting .263 as a team, led by Ellis Stephney’s .350 clip and 20 RBI.
    ·      Texas Southern is averaging 8.7 hits per game and 5.2 runs per game.
    ·      The team is 65-for-82 in stolen bases, led by a 19-of-22 effort by Jerry Ford II.
    ·      Tigers’ pitching staff holds a 4.07 ERA with 16 wins and eight saves.
    ·      Robert Pearson (4-2, 3.12) and Jacob Martinez (4-0, 3.15) have a combined eight wins for the Tigers.
    ·      Michael Starkey leads the team with four saves.
    ·      The staff has struck out 205 hitters and walked 131.
    ·      Texas Southern is coming off a series win over Southern, taking two of three.
     
    SERIES HISTORY vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN
    ·      Houston and Texas Southern will meet for the 24th time in school history.
    ·      The Cougars have never lost to the Tigers, owning a 23-0 record.
    ·      The series began back on April 14, 1987 in a 20-10 win for Houston.
    ·      The last meeting between the two schools came on May 9, 2011 in a 13-3 win for the Cougars at Cougar Field.
    ·      They have only played one game of the series away from Houston’s home ballpark – a 15-3 win on April 17, 1995.
     
    QUICK HITS ON MCNEESE STATE
    ·      McNeese State enters Wednesday’s contest with a 19-15 record and a 4-7 record on the road.
    ·      The Cowboys are hitting .270 as a team, led by Jackson Gooch’s .319 clip and 26 RBI.
    ·      The team is averaging 9.3 hits per game and 5.4 runs per game.
    ·      McNeese hitters have struck out 207 times and walked 111 times, while stealing 22-of-37 bases.
    ·      McNeese State pitching holds and ERA of 4.15, led by Blake Ware’s team-best 2.44 as a starter.
    ·      Bryce Kingsley, in nine starts, has earned a team-high six wins for a 6-3 record.
    ·      Out of the pen, Lucas Quary and Sam Peterson each have four saves to lead the club.
    ·      The staff has fanned 188 hitters and walked 144, while allowing opposing hitters a .259 clip against them.
     
    SERIES HISTORY vs. MCNEESE STATE
    ·      Houston and McNeese State will meet for the 57th time in school history on Wednesday.
    ·      The Cougars own the all-times series over the Cowboys, 43-13 and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two clubs.
    ·      The last win came a year ago as Houston won 4-1 at Cougar Field on April 3. McNeese and Houston split the 2011 non-conference series, 1-1, as the Cowboys earned their only win over the Cougars since 1997.
    ·      The series began with a 4-2 win for Houston back on March 15, 1971 at home.

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    UP NEXT
    Houston will wrap up its eight-game homestand this weekend when it welcomes C-USA foe, Rice to Cougar Field for a three-game series. The series is slated to begin Friday at 6:30 p.m., continue Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and wrap up at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    Note: Saturday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.


     

     

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