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    April 28, 2009

    HOUSTON -- After a series sweep against Marshall last weekend, the University of Houston baseball team will look to once again move up in the Conference USA standings when they host a weekend series against cross-town rival Rice at Cougar Field this weekend.

    Friday and Saturday's contest against the Owls will air live on CBS College Sports beginning at 6 p.m. with the finale beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

    Fans can also hear all games live on UHCougars.com with second-year announcer Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and former UH letterwinner Pat Cauley providing the analysis.

    Live stats through game tracker will also be available for all games this week.

    The Cougars enter the conference series with a third place 10-5 mark in league play, trailing the first place Owls who hold an 11-4 record.

    Earlier this season, Houston dropped two games to the Owls, 9-2 at Reckling Park and 8-1 at Cougar Field. The first two games were part of the five-game Silver Glove Series that the two teams compete for annually. Houston has not won the series since going 4-2 in 2000.

    In two games against the Owls this season, Zak Presley leads the Cougars at the plate going 4-for-9 and Barry Laird leads the team on the mound pitching three innings, allowing three hits, no runs, no walks while striking out three.

    Rice is 28-10 on the season and ranks second in the latest Baseball America poll. The Owls did not compete last weekend but went 2-1 against Marshall the weekend of April 24 in their last C-USA series.

    They will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday before traveling to Cougar Field.

    The Cougars will have a mid-week game at McNeese State on Wednesday before the series against the Owls. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday against the Cowboys.

    McNeese is 19-21 on the season and will travel to Louisiana-Lafayette for a Tuesday night game before hosting the Cougars. The Cowboys went 0-4 last week after a series sweep by Texas State and a mid-week loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

     

     

    Jace Peterson leads McNeese State at the plate with a .382 batting average and Scott Holstein holds a team-best 4.45 ERA.

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