PREVIEW: No. 13 Baseball Travels to UConn

May 8, 2014

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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.

Listen Live: All three games will be FREE to listen over UHCougars.com.
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With an overall record of 36-13 and a conference mark of 10-8, Houston enters the weekend series ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation and third among the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars are 10-3 on the road this season and have won five of their six league series, including a 2-1 series win over then-league leader UCF last weekend at Cougar Field.

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.

Weekend starters Jake Lemoine (1.98 ERA, 5-4), Aaron Garza (2.29 ERA, 6-4) and David Longville (2.49 ERA, 1-0) all hold an ERA under 3.00 and have combined for 12 wins.

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.

UConn enters the weekend series with a 23-24 overall record and a 7-10 mark in conference play to rank them sixth in the standing heading into the final two regular-season weekends.

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 and UConn will meet for the first time in program history.
  • This will mark the playing of the fourth of five first-time opponents the Cougars will face this season with Temple coming next week.

American Athletic Conference standings show Louisville atop the league with a record of 14-4, followed by UCF at 16-5 and Houston in third at 10-8.

Saturday, May 10 (Game 1)
Houston: RHP Aaron Garza (Jr., Galveston, Texas) – 2.29 ERA, 6-4, 82.2 IP, 7 BB, 46 K
UConn: LHP Anthony Marzi (Sr., Berlin, Conn.) – 2.88 ERA, 4-5, 75.0 IP, 33 BB, 61 K

Saturday, May 10 (Game 2)
Houston: RHP Jake Lemoine (So., Bridge City, Texas) – 1.98 ERA, 5-4, 82.0 IP, 21 BB, 71 K
UConn: RHP Jordan Tabakman (Jr., Pompton Plains, N.J.) – 3.41 ERA, 3-3, 60.2 IP, 22 BB, 33 K

Sunday, May 11
Houston: RHP David Longville (Jr., Mission Viejo, Calif.) – 2.49 ERA, 1-0, 47.0 IP, 7 BB, 31 K
UConn: LHP Anthony Kay (Fr., Stony Brook, N.Y.) – 4.02 ERA, 4-4, 53.2 IP, 35 BB, 44 K

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Following the weekend series at UConn, Houston will make its way back home to play Rice at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. The game is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

For game tickets to Houston vs. Rice, visit www.sugarlandskeeters.com



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