PREVIEW: Baseball Wraps Up Home Slate on Tuesday
May 5, 2014
HOUSTON – Houston Baseball will embark on it final regular-season home game this Tuesday when it welcomes Prairie View A&M to Cougar Field for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.
Kids Eat Free on Tuesday – first 100 kids (8th grade and under) through the Cougar Field gates will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, small popcorn and small soda.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
With the win, Houston holds a record of 24-8 at Cougar Field. The Cougars are also 10-2 in midweek action with their only two losses coming against Lamar and Sam Houston State.
Polling in as high as No. 13 for the second straight week, Houston is continued to be paced by its pitching staff, who holds a 1.98 ERA to rank among the nation’s best. The Cougars are holding their opponents to a .218 average and have fanned 313 and walked just 87 in 427.0 total innings.
The bullpen has been the rock of late for Houston as seniors Tyler Ford (1.14 ERA, 6-0, 2 SV) and Chase Wellbrock (0.58 ERA, 3-0, 10 SV) are a combined 9-0 with 12 saves and a 0.86 ERA in 37 combined appearances.
From the starting pitching end, freshman Andrew Lantrip (1.25 ERA, 4-0) made his first career start last Tuesday at McNeese State and improved his debut season record to a perfect 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.25 in 21.2 innings.
Offensively, Houston is hitting .274 with 218 RBI and 428 hits to accompany 16 homeruns and a slugging percentage of .361.
Senior Casey Grayson leads the team with a .330 average, 58 hits, five homeruns, 36 RBI and 36 walks. He is followed by sophomore Justin Montemayor with a .308 average and sophomore Kyle Survance with a .303 clip, team-leading 32 runs and 25 stolen bases.
QUICK HITS ON PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
The Panthers are coming off a series loss to SWAC foe, Southern at home, but took two of three from Texas Southern the weekend before.
Prairie View A&M is hitting .272, led by Dominiq Harris’ .323 average, seven homeruns and 48 RBI. He is followed by Robert Cossey’s .320 average and 56 hits.
As a team, the Panthers have hit 28 homeruns, but have struck out 287 times, while holding a fielding percentage of .948.
HOUSTON vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
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