Baseball to Meet Texas-San Antonio in Victoria on Tuesday
April 23, 2007
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team returns to its non-conference schedule when it faces Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Riverside Park in Victoria.
Tuesday's game will be the rubber match of the 2007 regular-season series between these two teams. The Cougars enjoyed a 12-10 win over the Roadrunners on Feb. 22 during the first day of the Southwest Diamond Classic at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
However, the Roadrunners can boast of the most recent success after rallying for a 4-3 decision on Feb. 27 at San Antonio.
The Cougars come into Tuesday's game riding a tidal wave of momentum after sweeping C-USA rival and No. 23 Tulane last weekend in Metairie. It was the Cougars' first-ever road sweep of the Green Wave.
Those wins impressed the college baseball world as the Cougars entered the national rankings for the first time during the 2007 regular season. UH comes into Tuesday's game ranked No. 28 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll and received eight votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
Proceeds from tonight's game will benefit the Athletics Department and the nursing program at UH-Victoria. UH Victoria will field a collegiate baseball team for the first time in 2008 as a member of the NAIA with former Houston Astros outfielder Terry Puhl serving as the program's first skipper.
Cougar Baseball games can be heard live on UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinner Nick Torina calling the play-by-play action and Pat Cauley providing color analysis. To access the free broadcast, fans should click on the "Schedules and Results" link on the baseball main page. From there, fans can click on the "Audio Broadcasts" link, which will bring up the 2007 radio schedule.
Fans also can follow live stats via the Internet by clicking the "Gametracker" link on the UH front page or on the Cougar Baseball schedule page. Tuesday's game will not be broadcast on the Internet at UHCougars.com.
Freshman southpaw Donnie Joseph will make his ninth start of the 2007 season when he toes the rubber against Texas-San Antonio on Tuesday. It will be his sixth straight midweek start for the Cougars.
This season, the Buda native has compiled an 0-1 record with 17 strikeouts and a 7.04 ERA in 38.1 innings of work. He also ranks third among all Cougar hurlers with eight starts entering Tuesday's game.
In his last start, Joseph collected his first collegiate decision - a loss - in an 8-3 decision at No. 11 Texas A&M on April 17. He allowed six runs (five earned) off eight hits and three walks in only 2.1 innings.
Joseph will make his third appearance and second start against the Roadrunners in 2007 during Tuesday's game. This season, he has posted three strikeouts and in 4.2 innings of work against UTSA.
Sophomore outfielder Jimmy Cesario continues to lead the Cougars and Conference USA with a .375 batting average after hitting safely in all four games last week. With that, he boosted his career- and UH-season-best hitting streak to 17 games, the longest since former catcher Rob Johnson hit safely in the final 17 games to end the 2004 season.
Sophomore catcher Luis Flores leads the team with seven home runs, while senior third baseman Dustin Kingsbury - who has started each of the last 159 games entering Tuesday's contest for the second-longest streak in school history - and senior first baseman Josh Stirneman are tied for the team lead with 33 RBIs.
For the second straight season and the fifth time in the last six years, the Cougars will meet Texas-San Antonio on the baseball diamond. The Cougars own a 12-5 lead (.706) in the all-time series, which began in 1992 and has been played at least once every year -- with the exception of the 2005 season -- since 2002.
Tuesday's game will be the first time that the Cougars have faced Texas-San Antonio on a neutral field.
The Roadrunners (24-17, 14-4 SLC) come into Tuesday's game after losing the final two games of a Southland Conference series last weekend.
Freshman righthander Ryan Proudfoot is scheduled to make the start on the mound for the Roadrunners. This season, Proudfoot has posted a 3-1 record with 30 strikeouts and a 1.91 ERA in 33.0 innings.
Trent Lockwood leads the Roadrunners with a .360 batting average, while Zach Etheredge is tops with eight home runs. Michael Rockett has posted a team-best 39 RBIs.