PREVIEW: Baseball Welcomes SHSU Tuesday

April 21, 2014

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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.  

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Houston returns to action for its midweek tune-up with an overall record of 29-10 and an 8-1 midweek mark this season. The Cougars are coming off a 3-1 week, which featured a series win over USF and a midweek win over Sam Houston State.

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.

Out of the pen, Houston has continued to ride the arms of Chase Wellbrock (3-0, 8 V, 0.70 ERA) and Tyler Ford (4-0, 2 V, 0.91) this season as the duo has combined for 31 appearances.

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.

Sam Houston State, a member of the Southland Conference, holds a record of 26-14 and a 9-7 mark on the road this season. The Bearkats are coming off a 1-3 week that featured a loss to the Cougars and a weekend series loss to Lamar in conference play.

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 and Sam Houston State will meet for the 156th 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 – 155 meetings).
  • Houston owns a 78-77 lead on Sam Houston State after the Cougars earned a 5-2 win on the road last week.  
  • The two teams split the 2013 midweek contests with Houston winning on the road and Sam Houston State winning at Cougar Field.

Neither school has designated a starting pitcher yet.

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Following Tuesday’s contest, the Cougars will hit the road for the next four games, beginning with a weekend trip to Cincinnati to play a three-game American Athletic Conference series vs. the Bearcats. The series will begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT, continue on Saturday at 3 p.m. and conclude on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.



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