PREVIEW: Cougars Set for C-USA Baseball Championship at Reckling Park

    May 21, 2013

    HOUSTON - Looking to make a run in postseason action, Houston Baseball will open C-USA Championship play beginning Thursday at 11 a.m. against East Carolina at Rice's Reckling Park.   

    AT A GLANCE
    Logo Houston
    (35-20)
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    C-USA Championship
    Reckling Park
    Houston, Texas

    East Carolina
    (30-24)
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    Logo Southern Miss
    (19-15)
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    Logo Tulane
    (28-27)
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    Thursday, May 23
    vs. East Carolina
     11 a.m.

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    Friday, May 24
    vs. Southern Miss
     3 p.m.

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    Saturday, May 25
    vs. Tulane
     3 p.m.

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    The Cougars will continue pod play at 3 p.m. Friday against (2) Southern Miss and 3 p.m. Saturday against (7) Tulane. The winner of the four-team pod will face off against the winner of either (1) Rice, (4) Memphis, (5) UCF or (8) UAB on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the league's automatic bid to an NCAA Regional.
     
    Houston begins championship play with a 35-20 overall record and a 13-11 mark in league play, entering the tournament as the No. 6 seed after tying for fifth. The Cougars will be the designated visiting team for Game 1 vs. East Carolina and home team for the final two pod-play games vs. Southern Miss and Tulane.

     
    COUGARS ALL-TIME IN C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
    ·      The Cougars have won three Championships in history of C-USA play (1997, 2000, 2008).
    ·      Houston ranks first in C-USA history with most Championship Game appearances with seven (2011, 2008, 2006, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1997).
    ·      Houston is 35-26 all-time in C-USA tournament games dating back to 1997.
    ·      The Cougars have are tied with Tulane for the most All-Tournament team selections with 33.
    ·      Houston has been just the No. 6 seed one other time back in 2011, where they went 2-2.
     
    QUICK HITS ON HOUSTON
    ·      Houston is coming off of three straight series wins.
    ·      Cougars are 7-2 against teams in their pod this season.
    ·      Houston (35-20) holds a 17-game turnaround from a year ago (18-35-1), which ranks second in college baseball.
    ·      The Cougars are ranked No. 6 in the nation with 25 triples, just two shy of the UH single-season record set back in 1990.
    ·      Houston swept the C-USA Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year accolades as freshman Justin Montemayor and junior Frankie Ratcliff were honored.
    ·      Four Cougars (Kyle Survance, Austin Pruitt, Justin Montemayor, Frankie Ratcliff) were all named to the C-USA Second Team, while Survance, Josh Vidales, Jake Lemoine and Montemayor were honored on the All-Freshman team.
    ·      The Cougars are hitting .272, averaging 8.8 hits per game and 5.5 runs per game.
    ·      Montemayor leads the offensive charge with his .321 clip and team-leading 41 runs scored and 67 hits.
    ·      Survance follows with a .312 average and a Conference USA-best 19 stolen bases.
    ·      Ratcliff is slugging .480 with 13 doubles, eight triples and two homeruns to accompany his 43 RBI and .301 average.
    ·      Junior Caleb Barker is tied with Ratcliff with 43 RBI.
    ·      Vidales leads the team in walks with 46 and is just four shy of the Houston freshman all-time record set by Michael Bourn in 2001.
    ·      The Cougars have stolen 79-of-98 bases.
    ·      Houston pitching holds a 3.78 ERA with 35 wins and 15 saves.
    ·      Starter Austin Pruitt paces the team in wins (9-5), starts (14), ERA (2.84), complete games (4), shutouts (2), innings (104.2), strikeouts (88) and opposing hitters' average (.239).
    ·      Junior Daniel Poncedeleon is 7-4 with a 4.39 ERA with 14 starts. The righty is 5-1 in eight starts in league play.
    ·      Freshman Jake Lemoine is 7-3 with a 3.55 ERA, while sophomore Aaron Garza is 5-5 with a 3.88 ERA.
    ·      Junior closer Chase Wellbrock lead C-USA in league games with 16 appearances and eight saves, while collecting 11 on the year in his team-leading 21 appearances. The righty has fanned 32 in 37.1 innings of work.
    ·      Houston pitching has struck out 372 hitters and walked 154, while holding opposing hitters to a .271 average.
     
    QUICK HITS ON EAST CAROLINA
    ·      East Carolina opens C-USA Championship play with a 30-24 overall record and will play as the No. 3 seed after a 14-10 league mark.
    ·      The Pirates are hitting .276, averaging 5.1 runs and 9.4 hits per game.
    ·      Drew Reynolds paces the Pirates' offensively with a .313 clip, while Zach Houchins is hitting .305. Chase McDonald leads the squad with 45 RBI with his 11 homeruns.
    ·      ECU has stolen 43-of-68 bases, led by Jack Reinheimer's 9-for-12.
    ·      The team has a combined 33 homeruns and is slugging .384.
    ·      ECU pitching holds a 3.98 ERA with 30 wins and 14 saves.
    ·      RHP Jeff Hoffman will start vs. Houston with a 6-6 record and a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts and a team-leading 104.1 innings. He has fanned 81 hitters and is keeping his opponents to a .234 average.
    ·      Reynolds has 13 saves to lead the Pirates' staff, who has recorded 364 strikeouts and 215 walks.
     
    HOUSTON vs. EAST CAROLINA
    ·      Houston and East Carolina will meet for the 44th time in school history and fourth time this season.
    ·      The Cougars swept the 2013 regular season with a 7-2 win, 4-3 and 5-4 wins at Cougar Field to open C-USA play this season.
    ·      East Carolina owns the all-time record of 22-20-1.

    QUICK HITS ON SOUTHERN MISS
    ·      Southern Miss and Houston will meet on Friday at 3 p.m. as the Golden Eagles meet Tulane at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
    ·      The Golden Eagles enter the Championship with a 28-25 overall record and a 15-9 mark to tie with Rice for the regular-season title.
    ·      Southern Miss is coming into the week, dropping a series to the Cougars at Cougar Field last weekend.
    ·      The team is hitting .275, led by Issac Rodriguez' .356 clip and team-leading 68 hits.
    ·      Mason Robbins paces the squad with 37 RBI, while Rodriguez is slugging .466 with 15 doubles and two homeruns.
    ·      Southern Miss is fielding .971 and has stolen 34-of-52 bases.
    ·      Golden Eagle pitching holds a 3.71 ERA with 28 wins and 12 saves.
    ·      Andrew Pierce is 9-2 with a 2.36 ERA, while Conor Fisk (2.97 ERA, 4-3) and Jake Drehoff (4-5, 3.82) have a combined eight wins as starters.
    ·      The staff has fanned 395 hitters, led by Pierce's 92 and Drehoff's 65.
     
    HOUSTON vs. SOUTHERN MISS
    ·      Houston and Southern Miss will play its 60th all-time game on Friday.
    ·      The Golden Eagles hold the one-game lead all-time over the Cougars at 30-29.
    ·      The Cougars won the 2013 regular season with a 2-1 series win at Cougar Field by scores of 3-2, 7-5, 5-6.
     
    QUICK HITS ON TULANE
    ·      Tulane will play as the No. 7 seed after a record of 28-27 and an 11-13 mark in C-USA.
    ·      The Green Wave meets Southern Miss on Wednesday and East Carolina on Friday before playing Houston Saturday.
    ·      Tulane is hitting .249, led by Brennan Middleton's .300 clip and team-leading 62 hits.
    ·      Andrew Garner follows with a .293 average and 33 RBI.
    ·      The Green Wave has been fanned 358 times and walked 197 times, while stealing 49-of-69 bases.
    ·      Tulane pitching holds a 3.35 ERA with 28 wins and 18 saves.
    ·      Tony Rizzotti (5-4, 2.20) and Alex Byo (5-4, 2.68) lead the team with five wins, while David Napoli is 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA. Byo paces the staff with 90.2 innings, while Rizzotti has fanned 56 in 77.2 innings.
    ·      Tulane has fanned 330 hitters and walked 195, while holding opposing hitters to a .256 clip.
     
    HOUSTON vs. TULANE
    ·      Houston and Tulane will meet for the 63rd time in school history on Saturday.
    ·      The Cougars own the all-time series, 34-28.
    ·      Houston won the 2013 road series in New Orleans, La.,(2-1) with scores of 4-3, 2-6 and 3-2.

    CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS
    Fans wishing to purchase C-USA Championship tickets, CLICK HERE.

    • All-Session Tournament Tickets (Reserved $120)
    • Day Passes (All games in a day Wed-Sat) / Reserved $ 30 / General Admission $20
    • Individual Game Tickets (Single games Wed-Sat / Reserved $14/12 | General Admission $ 10
    • Championship Game Tickets | Reserved $20 / General Admission $ 15

    STREAMED LIVE
    Each game of the championship from Wednesday through Saturday will be streamed live on the C-USA Digital Network. The championship game of the tournament on Sunday, May 26 will be televised live by CBS Sports Network, beginning at 1 p.m. CDT. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

    To learn more about the C-USA Digital Network, CLICK HERE.

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