PREVIEW: Baseball Travels to McNeese State on Tuesday
April 28, 2014
HOUSTON – Houston Baseball will leave the city of Houston for the final time during midweek action when it travels to McNeese State to finish a suspended game at 5 p.m. and begin an originally-scheduled meeting shortly after.
SUSPENDED GAME – FEBRUARY 25
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
Houston continues to be paced by its pitching staff, which holds an ERA of exactly 2.00. In 382.0 innings, the Cougars have fanned 278 and walked just 78 – while holding opponents to a .221 average. Weekend starters Aaron Garza (6-3, 2.01 ERA) and Jake Lemoine (5-4, 1.92 ERA) have combined for 11 wins in 22 starts – while newest weekend starter David Longville (1-0, 2.77 ERA) earned his first win as a Cougar in his first Sunday start of the year.
Out of the pen, the Cougars have been highlighted by two impressive out-of-the-pen efforts this season, led by seniors Tyler Ford (5-0, 1.01 ERA) and Chase Wellbrock (3-0, 0.68 ERA) – who have combined for an 8-0 record and an ERA of 0.85 in 33 appearances.
Offensively, Houston is now hitting .271 after a solid weekend at the plate in Cincinnati, scoring 26 runs on 33 hits and 17 for extra-bases. Four Cougars are hitting over the .300 mark, led by junior Michael Pyeatt and senior Casey Grayson – each with a .321 average. Grayson paces the team in RBI with 29, homeruns with four, doubles with 11 and walks with 33.
QUICK HITS ON MCNEESE STATE
The Cowboys are hitting .285 with 219 RBI as Jackson Gooch paces the team with a .337 average and a team-leading 33 RBI. Andrew Guillotte follows him with a .331 clip and a team-high 60 hits and 43 runs scored.
McNeese State has struck out 228 times, while walking 157 times and stealing 56-of-77 bases.
The pitching staff owns an ERA of 4.60 with eight saves and 23 wins. The Cowboy pitchers have fanned 263 hitters and walked 155 – while allowing a .271 opponent average against them.
RHP Lance Sefcik will make the start for McNeese State. In 13.1 innings, he has fanned five and walked five. Out of the pen, Steven O’Bryant (2-4, 2.49 ERA, 4 SV) and Tyler Erickson (2-1, 4.26 ERA) have combined for 47 total appearances.
HOUSTON vs. MCNEESE STATE
Senior Day: Houston will honor its nine seniors (Casey Grayson, Frankie Ratcliff, Jacob Lueneburg, Caleb Barker, Landon Appling, Tyler Ford, Chase Wellbrock, Aaron Stewart, Daniel Smith) prior to the start of Sunday’s game.
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