June 11, 2014
HOUSTON - For the second straight summer, Houston Baseball will be represented in the prestigious amateur Cape Cod League as the trio of Kyle Survance, Josh Vidales and Justin Montemayor will begin play on their respective teams on Wednesday.
The trio, whom just completed their sophomore campaigns in 2014, made their way to the Cape Cod League shortly following a banner season with the Cougars, helping Houston to its first NCAA Super Regional appearance since 2003 with a Regional Championship over LSU, while also capturing the American Baseball Championship tournament title with a win over Louisville.
Outfielder Survance will play for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (www.harborhawks.org), while utility player Justin Montemayor and infielder Josh Vidales will compete for the Brewster Whitecaps (www.brewsterwhitecaps.com).
You can follow their summer success on their team's respective websites or on Twitter: @harborhawks and @whitecapsCCBL.
This trio follows in the footsteps of to-be senior right-hander Aaron Garza, who made a strong impression during last summer's campaign with the Chatham Anglers.
COOGS IN THE CAPE COD LEAGUE
OF - Kyle Survance - Hyannis Harbor Hawks - Jersey Village, Texas
Produced one of the best sophomore campaigns in program history as Houston's leadoff hitter...Was named to the American Athletic Conference Second Team...Hit .308 with a team-leading 78 hits, 53 runs scored and 31(of 38) stolen bases...He became the first Cougar since Michael Bourn (32) in 2002 to have at least 31 stolen bases in a single season...Appeared in 65 games, making 64 starts in the outfield...Totaled 11 doubles, two triples and two homeruns to slug .391, second-best on the team...Tallied six outfield assists...Had 35 walks and 11 hit-by-pitches to total 46 free passes...Hit .314 with 23 runs scored in conference-only games...Was 19-for-22 on the base paths in league games...Led the team with 23 multi-hit games and tallied a team-high 11-game hit streak...Reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and recorded eight multi-RBI games...Had three hits and scored in a run in the series sweep of Rice to earn All-Silver Glove Series honors...Tied his career-high with four hits in two games (at Cincinnati - April 27, vs. UCF- May 23)...Hit his first career homerun vs. Louisville (April 12)...Followed up with a go-ahead homerun at Cincinnati (April 25)...Had eight hits and scored eight runs during the American Baseball Championship, which included a four-hit, four-run day vs. UCF and a two-hit, three-run day vs. Louisville to capture the title...For that, was named to the All-Tournament team...Drove in a season-high three on three different occasions (vs. Towson - March 15, vs. College of Charleston - March 21, vs. Texas State - April 8)...Had eight games with at least two walks...Recorded a season-high four stolen bases and two hits in a win over Memphis (March 30)...Knocked in the walk-off, game-winning hit in a win over UCF (May 3)...Committed just three errors in 125 putouts in the outfield for a fielding percentage of .978...Had back-to-back NCAA games with three hits (vs. SLU - June 1, at LSU - June 1)...Totaled eight hits, six runs, and three RBI during the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional...Had the game-winning hit in the 11th inning in a come-from-behind win at LSU (June 1) to force a deciding game...For that, was named the Regional's Most Outstanding Player... Helped Houston to a 48-win season, an American Conference tournament title, Regional Championship and appearance in an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2003
UTL - Justin Montemayor - Brewster Whitecaps - Austin, Texas
Named to the American Athletic Conference First Team as the league's top designated hitter...Was a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honoree...Started and played in 65 of the 66 games...Finished four-best on the team with a .298 average...Totaled 74 hits and 31 RBI to accompany 36 runs scored...Was second on the team with 15 doubles...Led the team with a .322 conference-only average, which produced 10 doubles and 11 RBI...Finished second-best on the team with 19 multi-hit games and tallied six multi-RBI games...His only homerun of the year came on a game-tying two-run homerun in the eighth inning in a win over McNeese State (Feb. 25)...Became the first Cougar in program history to record at least three doubles in more than one game, which he accomplished twice in a series at Cincinnati (April 25 & 27)...He drove in a season-high four RBI with his four-hit day at Cincinnati (April 27) to help the Cougars clinch a series road win...Had two four-hit games in that series...Tallied three hits in wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (March 5), at Texas A&M (April 1), at Temple (May 17) and vs. UCF (May 23) in the 20-hit outing by Houston at the American Baseball Championship...Had a hit in seven of his last eight games played, including five hits during the NCAA postseason... Helped Houston to a 48-win season, an American Conference tournament title, Regional Championship and appearance in an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2003
INF - Josh Vidales - Brewster Whitecaps - La Porte, Texas
Finished 2014 on a high note, being named the American Baseball Championship Most Outstanding Player...Made 65 starts, mostly at second base for the Cougars...Hit .285 with 67 hits...Totaled 45 runs scored for second-most on the team, while driving in 30 RBI...Was 11-for-14 on the base paths...Drew 38 walks to his 17 strikeouts for a .388 on-base percentage...Tallied 18 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games, while riding an 11-game on base safely streak...Had three walks and scored three runs in a win over Towson (March 15)...Had seven games of three or more hits, including an American Baseball Championship single-game record, going 5-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI in the title game vs. Louisville (May 25)...Rattled off three hits and two RBI in the win over UCF (May 23)...For that, he was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player...Drove in a season-high three in that win...Was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a win at Texas A&M (April 1)...Had six multi-hit games in the Cougars' last 11 games of the season...Finished the season with back-to-back three-hit games at Texas in the Austin Super Regional...In NCAA postseason play, tallied nine hits and scored five runs... Helped Houston to a 48-win season, an American Conference tournament title, Regional Championship and appearance in an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2003
ABOUT THE CAPE COD LEAGUE
The premier amateur baseball league in the nation since 1885, the Cape League embarks this June on one of its most exciting slates to date, featuring a 44-game regular-season schedule and an action-packed postseason made up of best-of-three quarterfinal, semifinal and championship series. Among the highlights will be the Open CCBL Tryout and the showcase event of the summer will be the 2014 Cape League All-Star game on Saturday, July 26 at Doran Park, home of the Bourne Braves. If you're interested in memorabilia, be sure to stop by the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame exhibit at the JFK Museum in Hyannis.
With more than 1,000 alumni performing at all levels of professional baseball in 2013, a record total 257 former Cape Leaguers populate major league rosters, including Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Falmouth 2004), Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (Harwich '05), slugging first baseman Mark Texeira (Orleans '99), AL Manager of the Year Eric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis '88), AL Comeback Player of the Year Carlos Pena (Harwich `96/Wareham '97) former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Wareham '97 & '98), former AL MVP Frank Thomas (Orleans '88), former AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans '93), former NL Fireman of the Year Billy Wagner (Brewster `92) and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (Cotuit '84).
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