PREVIEW: Baseball Welcomes SHSU Tuesday
April 21, 2014
HOUSTON – Houston Baseball will wrap up its short four-game homestand when it welcomes Sam Houston State on Tuesday to Cougar Field. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
- Twitter Tuesday - $5 Admission* for all Twitter followers of @UHCougarBB and @UHCougarSports *Must be purchased online in advance of game, discount will not be available at the gate. Discount is only available on Tuesday prior to the game.
Follow @UHCougarBB & UHCougarSports for more information.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
Despite having to come-from-behind to win the two over USF, the Cougars took advantage of timely hitting and clutch pitching down the stretch. The Houston pitching staff still holds an ERA below 2.00, currently at 1.88 through 39 games.
The staff has fanned 252 and walked just 68, holding its opponents to a .214 average – the best in the conference. Weekend starters Aaron Garza (6-3, 1.75 ERA) and Jake Lemoine (5-3, 1.70 ERA) pace the rotation with a combined 11 wins with Garza leading the squad in innings pitched with 72.0 and Lemoine in strikeouts with 58.
During midweek play, David Longville has started seven games, but doesn’t hold a decision at 0-0 and a 3.41 ERA. He has been backed by Andrew Lantrip, who has notched a 3-0 record and a 0.71 ERA in six appearances during the Cougars’ 8-1 stretch.
Offensively, the Cougars are hitting .267 – led by Michael Pyeatt’s .337. He is followed by Casey Grayson’s .317 and team-leading 24 RBI and 32 walks. Kyle Survance paces the team with 45 hits, while Josh Vidales leads the team in runs scored with 28.
The offensive unit has walked 179 times to lead the conference, while swiping 55-of-70 bases.
QUICK HITS ON SAM HOUSTON STATE
Sam Houston his hitting an impressive .287 as a club, led by three Bearkats above the .300 mark. Anthony Azar leads the way with a .359 clip and has driven in a team-best 32 RBI, while Colt Atwood is hitting .355with a team-high 60 hits and 28 runs scored.
As an offensive unit, Sam Houston has walked 137 times to its 241 strikeouts and has stolen 37-of-44 bases this season.
The pitching staff owns a 3.04 ERA and has held its opponents to a .237 average through 26 wins and 10 saves. In 358.2 innings, the Bearkats have allowed 154 walks and 226 strikeouts.
Pacing the team in ERA and wins is Sam Odom with his 2.32 ERA and 7-2 record in 11 appearances and six starts.
Several pitchers have made midweek starts for the Bearkats as Dylan Ebbs made his midweek start last against Houston. The righty owns a 1.23 ERA and a 2-0 record in nine appearances and three starts.
HOUSTON vs. SAM HOUSTON STATE
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHING
KIDS (8th grade & younger) with CAMP T-SHIRT GET IN FREE