May 20, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Nine Houston Baseball student-athletes were honored for their success on the field this season, being named to respective All-American Athletic Conference Teams, as freshman Andrew Lantrip earned one of the highest honors being tabbed the league’s Rookie of the Year.
2014 marks the most Cougars honored on an All-Conference list since eight were recognized back in 2000. Lantrip became just the third Cougar all-time to be honored as the league’s top freshman.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
2014 marks the second straight season Houston Baseball has garnered the Conference’s ‘Rookie/Freshman of the Year’ award with Andrew Lantrip earning the 2014 honor for the American Athletic Conference after Justin Montemayor was tabbed the C-USA Freshman of the Year last season.
Lantrip, a native of Livingston, Texas, has put together one of the more dominating freshman campaigns as a pitcher in program history as he finished the regular season with a 5-0 record and a 1.64 ERA in 11 appearances and three starts.
In 33.0 innings, Lantrip has fanned 25 and walked just three, holding opponents to a .185 clip. He has earned wins over Baylor, Texas State, Sam Houston State, McNeese State and Prairie View A&M. His first eight appearances were out of the pen, while his last three have been starts. He tossed a career-long 7.0 innings and struck out a career-high 10 against Prairie View A&M.
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Named a First Team All-Conference selection and as a unanimous selection was sophomore Justin Montemayor as designated hitter, while senior catcher Caleb Barker was also tabbed a First Team selection behind the dish.
Justin Montemayor – Designated Hitter (DH) (unanimous selection)
Played and started all 55 regular-season games…Hit .300 during that stretch, including a team-leading .322 average in league games…Tallied 63 hits and 27 RBI…Was second on the team with 13 doubles...Has 17 multi-hit games to his named for second-most on the team…Became the first Cougar in program history to record two games with at least three doubles and he accomplished that in one weekend…Drove in a career-best four RBI in a win over Cincinnati…Was named to the conference Weekly Honor Roll…Honored on the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team
Caleb Barker - Catcher
Notched the second-longest on-base streak by a Cougar with 22 straight games…Has made 54 appearances and 51 starts behind the dish during the regular season…Is second on the team with eight multi-RBI games…Battery mate for the nation’s leading pitching staff…Holds a .994 fielding percentage and has thrown out 25 base stealers attempting to run this season…Driven in 23 on 11 extra base hits… Was named to the conference Weekly Honor Roll
SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Five Cougars were honored on the Second Team All-Conference squad as senior pitcher Chase Wellbrock, senior first baseman Casey Grayson, junior pitcher Aaron Garza, sophomore pitcher Jake Lemoine and sophomore outfielder Kyle Survance all were recognized for their efforts during the regular season.
Chase Wellbrock – Relief Pitcher
Became Houston’s all-time saves leader this season…Has tallied 11 saves…Ranks second in the conference with a 0.50 ERA…Is 4-0 in 19 appearances out of the bullpen…In 36.0 innings, has fanned 32 and walked just five…Has held opponents to a .234 clip…In conference play, is 4-0 with three saves for a 0.96 ERA in eight appearances…Pitched a season-long 3.1 innings in relief in a win over UCF…Became the first Cougar in program history to notch back-to-back seasons with 10 or more saves…Equaled his 2013 total with 11 saves and has 23 career saves entering the postseason
Casey Grayson – First Base
Reached base in 27 consecutive games, dating from March 30 to May 17…Has started and played first base in all 55 games…Leads the Cougars in average at .325, doubles with 14, homeruns with six, RBI with 41 and walks with 43…Slugging .495 and holds a .443 on-base percentage…Is slugging .523 and hitting .314 in league games…Drove in a career-best 4 RBI in a win over Rutgers…Named American Player of the Week on April 21…Was named to the All-Silver Glove Series vs. Rice
Aaron Garza – Pitcher
Leads the team with seven wins…Is 7-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 14 starts…Leads the team with 93.1 innings pitched…Ranks sixth in the nation in walks allowed per nine innings with just eight walks total to his 52 strikeouts…Opened the season 6-0 and became the first Cougar since Keith Whately in 2002 to win all six starts…Was one of just eight pitchers in the nation that threw a quality start in his first seven starts of the season…Has held opponents to a .232 average…Struck out a career-high seven in a shutout gem over then-No. 26 Texas Tech…For that, was named the Houston College Classic Tournament MVP...Nationally, was named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Watch List for the nation’s top player…Was tabbed to the Gregg Olson Award Watch List, which honors the nation’s Breakout Player of the Year…Leads the pitching staff with two complete games and has pitched in a combined two shutouts…Was named American Pitcher of the Week on March 3…Key contributor on the nation’s leading pitching staff that paces the country in ERA (2.04) and WHIP (1.00)…Named twice to the conference Weekly Honor Roll
Jake Lemoine - Pitcher
Leads the team with 80 strikeouts and ranks among the league leaders in that category…Is 6-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 14 starts…Has tossed 90.1 innings…Holds opponents to a .232 average…Has one complete game to his name at Rutgers…Has two combined shutouts…Struck out a career-high nine in a complete game at Rutgers…Held a 0.00 ERA through his first two starts…Has made eight quality starts this season…Allowed just two hits in 10.0 innings in wins over Towson and College of Charleston…Was named to the conference Weekly Honor Roll…Invited and will compete for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team this summer…Key contributor on the nation’s leading pitching staff that paces the country in ERA (2.04) and WHIP (1.00)
Kyle Survance – Outfield
Stolen 29 bases for second-most in the league…Leads the team with 38 runs scored and is hitting .304 during regular-season play and .314 in league-only games…Has two homeruns and driven in 27 from the leadoff position…Is 29-of-35 on the base paths and of the 29, 19 have come in conference play…Walked 30 times for fourth-most on the team…Stole four bases in a win over Memphis…Committed just three errors in 94 putouts and four outfield assists…Was named American Player of the Week on March 31…Named to the All-Silver Glove Series vs. Rice
THIRD TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Freshman Connor Hollis was recognized for his play during the conference portion of the season, being tabbed a Third Team All-Conference selection.
Connor Hollis – Third Base
Stepped in midway through the season and played second base, shortstop and third base…For his work, he has earned a spot in the starting lineup…Hitting .328 in 19 games and 18 starts…Has 21 hits, nine runs scored and six RBI…Tallied a two-hit, three-RBI career-night in a win over Rice to sweep the season series
ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Rookies of the Year: Andrew Lantrip, Houston & Gaby Rosa, Rutgers
Player of the Year: Jeff Gardner, Louisville
Pitcher of the Year: Eric Skoglund, UCF
Coach of the Year: Terry Rooney, UCF
C – Caleb Barker, Houston
C – Max McDowell, UConn
1B – Bobby Melley, UConn
2B – Nick Favatella, Rutgers
SS – Tommy Williams, UCF
3B – Alex Chittenden, Louisville
OF – Ian Happ, Cincinnati
OF – Blake Davey, UConn
OF – Jeff Gardner, Lousiville
SP – Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville
SP – Eric Skoglund, UCF
SP – Caleb Wallingford, Memphis
SP – Jimmy Herget, USF
RP – Nick Burdi, Louisville
DH – Justin Montemayor, Houston
C – Levi Borders, USF
1B – Casey Grayson, Houston
2B – Dylan Moore, UCF
SS – Kyle Teaf, USF
3B – Derek Peterson, Temple
OF – Kyle Survance, Houston
OF – Derrick Salberg, UCF
OF – Cole Sturgeon, Louisville
SP – Aaron Garza, Houston
SP – Jake Lemoine, Houston
SP – Zach Rodgers, UCF
SP – Jared Ruxer, Louisville
RP – Chase Wellbrock, Houston
DH – Sam Tolleson, UCF
SP – Anthony Marzi, UConn
SP – Jon Reed, Memphis
SP – Howie Brey, Rutgers
1B – Brian O’Grady, Rutgers
2B – Zach Lucas, Louisville
SS – Pat Sweeney, Rutgers
3B - Connor Hollis, Houston
OF – Erik Barber, UCF
OF – Justin Glass, Cincinnati
OF – Matt Williams, Cincinnati
OF – Jake Little, Memphis
OF – Mike Carter, Rutgers
OF – Vinny Zarrillo, Rutgers
DH – Luke Borders, USF
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Houston will open up American Athletic Conference Championship play in Clearwater, Fla. at Bright House Field on Wednesday vs. No. 6-seed Temple at 2 p.m. CT. The Cougars, playing as the No. 3 seed, will then face No. 7-seed UConn on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT and wrap up pool play on Friday vs. No. 2-seed UCF at 6 p.m. CT.
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