PREVIEW: Baseball Set for Regular Season Series Finale vs. Southern Miss
Cougars set to host league-leader Golden Eagles Thursday-Saturday
May 15, 2013
HOUSTON – With a Conference USA regular season title still on the line, University of Houston Baseball is set to host league-leader Southern Miss Thursday – Saturday in a three-game series at Cougar Field.
All-Time: Houston and Southern Miss have met 56 previous times, dating back to 1990. Series History: The Golden Eagles own the all-time series record at 29-27. Last Meeting: Houston dropped a 10-inning, 8-7 game at the C-USA Championship in 2012 to Southern Miss.
Winners of six of its last eight, Houston enters the final weekend of the regular season with a 33-19 overall clip and an 11-10 mark in Conference USA. Sitting currently in sixth place in the league, the Cougars still have a chance to claim at least a share of the conference title with a sweep over the Golden Eagles.
PROMOTIONS/SERIES ACTIVITIES THURSDAY · Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day | $5 tickets at the gate FRIDAY · Friday Frenzy | $1 hot dogs, $2 sodas, $3 beers SATURDAY · Senior Day | Pregame (beginning around 12:30 pm) · Help us honor our three departing seniors: Austin Pruitt, Ryan Bonnot and Matt Hernandez.
QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON · The Cougars are coming off a 3-1 week with wins over McNeese State and a series victory over UAB and are 21-8 at home this season. · Houston is hitting .270 and ranks atop the league in runs scored (288), RBI (256), walks (218) and triples (23). · The Cougars are averaging 5.5 runs per game and 8.7 hits per game, while slugging .362. · Leading the way offensively is freshman Justin Montemayor with a .323 clip, followed by fellow freshman Kyle Survance’s .313 average. Montemayor paces the team in hits with 64 and runs scored with 40. · Juniors Frankie Ratcliff and Caleb Barker continue to lead the team in RBI with 41 and 40, respectively, as every Cougar has 15 or more RBI this season. · Freshman Josh Vidales holds a .407 on-base percentage and a team-best 46 walks, just four shy of tying the all-time Houston freshman record set back in 2001 by Michael Bourn. · Survance leads C-USA in stolen bases with 17, while Vidales and junior Landon Appling have 15 and 13, respectively. · Houston pitching holds a 3.77 ERA with 33 wins and 13 saves. · Senior starter Austin Pruitt, who paces the team with an 8-5 record, 2.86 ERA, 97.2 innings, 13 starts, 84 strikeouts and four complete games, leads the Cougars. · Junior starter Daniel Poncedeleon is 6-4 overall and 4-1 in league play with a 4.58 ERA through 72.2 innings with 59 strikeouts. · Freshman starter Jake Lemoine is 7-3 with a 3.70 ERA, while sophomore Aaron Garza is 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA. · Junior reliever Chase Wellbrock leads the team with nine saves and a 4.15 ERA in 21 appearances, while leading C-USA with 14 appearances and six saves among league opponents. · The staff has fanned 355 hitters, while walking just 146.
QUICK HITS ON SOUTHERN MISS · Southern Miss is 27-23 and 14-7 in C-USA. · The Golden Eagles are coming off a 10-3 win over Ole Miss on Tuesday. · Southern Miss is hitting .273 on the year and .266 in C-USA play. · Austin Roussel leads the squad with a .356 average, while Isaac Rodriguez it hitting .350. · The team is slugging .358, while holding an on-base percentage of .356 after 176 walks and 52 hit-by-pitches. · Southern Miss pitching has recorded a 3.68 ERA with 27 wins and 11 saves. · Andrew Pierce is 9-1 with a 2.37 ERA in a team-leading 95.0 innings pitched with 84 strikeouts. · Conor Fisk is 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA, while Jake Drehoff is 3-5 with a 3.88 ERA. · Bradley Roney leads Southern Miss with seven saves. · The staff has fanned 376 hitters, while walking 183.
SERIES HISTORY · Houston and Southern Miss have met 56 previous times in the history of the program, dating back to 1990. · Southern Miss leads the all-time series, 29-27 and is 13-12 at Cougar Field. · Houston dropped three to Southern Miss in 2012, including a 10-inning, 8-7 loss at the C-USA Championship. · The Cougars won two of three to earn the series victory in 2011 at Cougar Field.
TICKETS Single-game tickets begin as low as $6 for youth and $8 for adults in general admission seating (Level 200) and as low as $8 for youth and $10 for adults in reserved seating (Level 100). CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at (713) GO-COOGS.
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UP NEXT Houston will take part in the Conference USA Baseball Championship next week, held at Rice’s Reckling Park on Wednesday, May 22-Sunday, May 26. For more information, CLICK HERE.