PREVIEW: No. 13 Baseball Travels to UConn
May 8, 2014
HOUSTON – No. 13 Houston Baseball looks to continue its winning ways when travels to UConn for a three-game American Athletic Conference weekend set, beginning with a double-header Saturday at 12 p.m. CT. The final game will begin Sunday at 10 a.m. CT in Storrs, Conn.
QUICK HITS ON #13 HOUSTON
The Cougars wrapped up their home portion of the 2014 season on Tuesday, earning a 6-0 shutout win over Prairie View A&M, to conclude the year with a 25-8 home record. The 25 wins are the most ever at Cougar Field since it opened in 1995. The 36 wins already this season ties the total from 2013, where the Cougars finished 36-22.
Houston has continued to be paced by its pitching staff, who holds a 1.94 ERA to rank among the nation’s best. The Cougars are holding their opponents to a .217 average and have fanned 326 and walked just 87 in 436.0 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.
Offensively, Houston is hitting .275 with 224 RBI and 437 hits to accompany 16 homeruns and a slugging percentage of .360.
Senior Casey Grayson leads the team with a .333 average, 60 hits, five homeruns, 367 RBI and 37 walks. He is followed by junior Michael Pyeatt at .309 and sophomore Justin Montemayor with a .308 average. Sophomore Kyle Survance hits .303 with a team-leading 32 runs scored and 25 stolen bases.
QUICK HITS ON UCONN
The Huskies captured the 2013 BIG EAST Championship Tournament title to qualify for an NCAA Regional a year ago.
With that in mind, UConn is 5-6 at home this season and is coming off a weekend league-series win over Memphis on the road. Of the six league series played, the Huskies have earned one series win – coming over Cincinnati.
UConn is led by its pitching staff, which ranks among the top three in almost every category in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies’ staff owns a 2.90 ERA with 313 strikeouts and 209 walks, while holding opponents to a .243 average.
Houston will see LHP Anthony Marzi in Game 1, holding a 2.88 ERA and a 4-5 record in 75.0 innings pitched. He leads the team with 61 strikeouts in 12 game starts.
The Cougars will then face RHP Jordan Tabakman in Game 2, who holds a 3-3 record with a 3.41 ERA in 11 starts. He is second-best on the team with 60.2 innings pitched. On Sunday, UConn will throw LHP Anthony Kay, who is 4-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 14 appearances and seven starts.
Offensively, UConn is hitting .270 and is in the middle of the pack in league rankings. Leading the charge with the bat is Bobby Melley, who is hitting a league-leading .363 with a team-best 62 hits and 37 RBI. He is followed by Blake Davey’s .327 average and 29 RBI. As a team, UConn has drawn 193 walks to its 262 strikeouts.
HOUSTON vs. UCONN
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE STANDINGS
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Saturday, May 10 (Game 2)
Sunday, May 11
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