Baseball To Play Final Home C-USA Series Against Marshall This Weekend

    Zak Presley is one of four seniors that will be honored prior to Saturday's game against Marshall.
    Zak Presley is one of four seniors that will be honored prior to Saturday's game against Marshall.
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    May 12, 2010

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team will play its final home Conference USA series of the 2010 season when it hosts Marshall at Cougar Field this weekend. First pitch on Friday and Saturday is slated for 6:30 p.m., with the Sunday finale scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

    Prior to Saturday's contest the Cougars will honor the four members of the 2010 senior class: William Kankel, Barry Laird, Zak Presley and Chris Wallace.

    Live stats and the live audio broadcast will be available for all three games of the series by logging on to The live video stream will also be available on the Houston athletics web site.

    The Cougars look to bounce back after a 12-3 loss to Texas A&M on Tuesday. In the loss, Laird earned his second start this season and pitched a career-long five innings, allowing three runs with two strikeouts. Blake Kelso and Austin Gracey each added two hits to lead the offense.

    Houston stands at 20-27 on the season and 7-11 in C-USA play, while the Thundering Herd is 22-26 and 11-10 in league action.

    This weekend will mark the 16th overall meeting between the two programs, with Houston holding a 13-2 lead in the overall series. In 2009, Houston swept the series, including a complete game shutout by Jared Ray in the series opener.

    Zak Presley leads all Cougars at the plate with a .354 batting average. He also has five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 23 RBIs. Caleb Ramsey leads all Cougars with 12 doubles, and Chris Wallace has hit a team-leading seven home runs.



    In the series opener Friday, Michael Goodnight will be making his 13th start. He is 4-7 in those games with a 5.48 ERA and a team-high 69 strikeouts. Ian Kadish will be the starter for the Thundering Herd. He is 2-5 this season with a 6.46 ERA.

    William Kankel will make the start for UH on Saturday. He will start opposite Mike Mason of Marshall. Kankel is 2-5 in his senior season with a 6.19 ERA, while Mason is 2-6 with a 7.71 ERA.

    In the finale, Houston's Eric Brooks will make his seventh start this season against Marshall's Arik Sikula. Brooks is tied with Goodnight with a team-leading four wins and a 7.78 ERA. Sikula is making his seventh start this season and is 6-3 with a 3.41 ERA.

    Following the series against Marshall, Houston will host the 2010 home finale against Rice on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. It is the final game of the Silver Glove Series and will air live on Comcast Sports Southwest (CSS).

    The Cougars will then close out the regular season when they travel to East Carolina for a three-game series against the Pirates on May 20-22.

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