Preview: Cougars Host Memphis in Final C-USA Series

May 16, 2012

HOUSTON COUGARS (17-30-1, 5-15-1)
vs MEMPHIS TIGERS  (26-26, 11-10)

 May 17-19, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. / 1 p.m.

 Location  Houston, Texas - Cougar Field
 Radio  UHCougars.com  (Jeremy Branham & Pat Cauley) 
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Series History  Houston owns the all-time series, 35-9
 Last Meeting

 at Memphis; Tigers wons series, 2-1

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HOUSTON--The University of Houston baseball team will host Memphis in its final C-USA series this week, beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cougar Field. The Cougars and the Tigers will continue the three-game set on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and conclude on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Houston will honor its six seniors prior to the start of Saturday's home finale. Recognized for their on and off the field honors, seniors Jared Ray, Mo Wiley, John Cannon, Codey Morehouse, Jake Runte, and Jordan Lewis will all be honored.

Houston owns a 17-30-1 overall record and a 5-15-1 mark in C-USA play entering the week's series. The Cougars currently sit in 8th place in conference standings, 1.5 games ahead of Marshall in ninth. The Top 8-of-9 teams make C-USA Championship next week in Pearl, Mississippi. Marshall meets Tulane in New Orleans, La. this weekend.

The Cougars return to play after having their Tuesday, non-conference contest with UL-Lafayette cancelled due to wet field conditions and pending weather in the Houston area. Houston is looking to snap a two-game skid after dropping its last two games to C-USA opponent, Tulane last weekend. The Cougars earned a much-needed Game 1 win following a weather suspension and 12-innings with a 5-4 victory at home. 

Houston is led offensively by junior Jacob Lueneburg's .313 average and team-best 52 hits and 12 stolen bases. Following Lueneburg is senior John Cannon with a .308 clip, while sophomore Landon Appling records a .301 average and team-high 26 runs scored, three homeruns. As a team, Houston is hitting .268 with 160 walks and 46 hit-by-pitches for an on-base percentage of .348.

Thursday - RHP Austin Pruitt (3.58, 3-3, 12 GS, 83.0 IP, 50 K)
Friday - TBA  
Saturday - TBA

Memphis enters the week's series with a 26-26 overall record and an 11-10 record amongst C-USA opponents, placing them in 6th in conference standings with three games to play. Adam McClain leads the Tigers' offense with a .399 clip, while Eli Hynes is hitting .341. Jacob Wilson leads the team with 16 homeruns and 55 RBI.

Thursday - RHP Dan Langfield (2.72, 6-6, 13 GS, 82.2 IP, 100 K)
Friday - LHP Sam Moll (3.19, 4-5, 13 GS, 87.1 IP, 57 K)
Saturday - RHP Chase Joiner (4.60, 3-4, 10 GS, 74.1 IP, 49 K)

Houston and Memphis will meet for the 45th time in history on Thursday. The Cougars currently own the all-time series, 35-9 and are 20-1 at home over the Tigers. The last time these two teams met was in the regular season in 2011 where Memphis earned a 2-1 series win over Houston in Tennessee. The Tigers took Game 1 (6-3) and Game 2 (4-0), but fell in Game 3 (14-0 (7)).

Fans can follow along during all three games via live audio streaming with play-by-play voice Jeremy Branham, on All-Access live video or on GameTracker. You can also follow us on Twitter @UHCougarBB for real-time updates. 

Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m.

  • The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a FREE Houston t-shirt with our new logos!

Friday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m. - MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY

  • Join us for our Friday Frenzy concession deals! $1 hotdogs, $2 soft drinks, and $3 beers every Friday at Cougar Field!
  • We will be honoring all military personnel - active military and veterans - throughout the game and are offering discounted tickets for those individuals and their families.
  • The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a FREE Houston t-shirt with our new logos!

Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. - SENIOR DAY

  • Come celebrate Senior Day as we honor our 6 seniors in their last game at Cougar Field.
  • The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a FREE Houston t-shirt with our new logos!
  • Saturday is Bingo at the Ballpark! Come out to watch the Coogs and follow along with your FREE Baseball Bingo card! Every winner will receive a Houston Baseball koozie!!               
  • The KidZone will be open and set up with inflatables, activities, face painting, and more!
  • After the game all kids in attendance will have the chance to run the bases and participate in a meet and greet autograph session with the entire team!

Following the C-USA series finale, Houston will prep for the C-USA Championship in Pearl, Mississippi, beginning next Wednesday, May 23.





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