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    Senior Barry Laird makes his final start at Cougar Field
    Senior Barry Laird makes his final start at Cougar Field
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    May 17, 2010

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team will conclude its home schedule 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cougar Field against cross-town rival Rice in a non-conference matchup. The game will be televised live on Comcast Sports Southwest (CSS) with Matt Stewart calling the play-by-play action and Steve Sparks providing the color commentary.

    Live audio, video streaming and live stats will be available for the game against the Owls by logging on to

    This is the final game of the 2010 Silver Glove Series. The Owls have won all four games to date all at Reckling Ballpark. Senior Barry Laird will make the start for Houston, his third of the season. Laird is 1-1 with a 7.78 ERA over 15 appearances this year.

    Sophomore Taylor Wall takes the mound for Rice. Wall enters the contest sporting a 4.44 ERA with a 4-5 record over 12 starts this season. The last time Wall faced the Cougars, he pitched a one-hit shutout during the C-USA weekend series on May 3, 2010.

    The Cougars offense struggled in the first three games against Rice but appeared to find its swing the last time these two teams played on May 3 with Houston scoring seven runs. Chris Wallace went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs, while Joel Ansley and Blake Kelso each went 2-for-5. Ansley is hitting .500 (8-for-16) against the Rice hurlers this year and has a four-game hitting streak against the Owls.

    Houston enters the game with a 22-28 (9-12 C-USA) record and Rice carries a 32-19 (15-6 C-USA) record.

    In addition to the play on the field, plenty of other excitement will be had as Cougar Baseball Field prepares to shut down the lights for the season finale. The first 250 fans will receive a free t-shirt. Members of the 1953 and 1967 Cougar Baseball squads will be on hand to be honored during the game. In addition, following the contest, the Silver Glove presentation will be held and the Silver Glove Series team will be announced.



    1953 Team
    The 1953 Cougar baseball team finished the season 15-11 and won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Coach Lovette Hill guided the Cougars past Oklahoma to earn the NCAA District 5 Championship. That series victory qualified the Cougars for their first birth to the College World Series, where the Cougars dropped games to Boston College and Stanford. Shortstop Carlton Hanta became the first player in UH history to be honored as an All-America, garnering Third-Team honors.

    1967 Team
    The 1967 squad, also lead by Hill, posted a 21-11 record and a No. 2 final ranking. The Cougars defeated Texas in the NCAA District 6 Championship to earn their second trip the College World Series. Once again, Stanford was able to get past Houston in the opening round but the Cougars would go on to win their next games against Ohio State, Boston College and Arizona State. The Cougars and Sun Devils squared off in the championship game with Arizona State winning, 11-2. Outfielders Tom Paciorek and Ike Lucas along with second baseman Ron Baker were named to the NCAA College World Series All-Tournament Team. Paciorek set a UH single-season record by batting .435 (57-for-131), that still stands today.

    Following this non-Conference USA game against Rice, Houston will finish out the regular season schedule at East Carolina, Thursday through Saturday.


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