HOUSTON — The University of Houston baseball program will officially begin fall practice on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., at Cougar Field announced by head coach Todd Whitting, who begins his third year at the helm of the Cougars. All Cougar fall baseball practices and scrimmages are open to the public.
FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Following the first week of practice, Houston will take the field every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday until Friday, Oct. 26.
- Tuesdays and Thursday practices will begin at 1:30 p.m.
- Friday practices will begin at 2:30 p.m.
- Sunday practices will begin at Noon.
HEAD COACH Todd Whitting
On what you are looking forward to this fall…
“Our staff is very anxious to get our squad out on the field. We have a tremendous core of players returning from last year and I’m really excited about the 17 new players. Seven of the signees in our recruiting class were drafted professionally. We weren’t able to hold four of them, but the three we did get into school, I’m very excited about. The tremendous incoming class that we have along with the talented returners should lead to a really good team.”
On what to expect out of the first week of practice…
“Fall practice starts on Wednesday, but over 80 percent of the team has been together as one unit in the weight room on a voluntary basis since June. To me, that’s an indicator of a ball club that is very committed to excellence. For us to get into fall practice after these guys have been together for a couple of months is promising. I’m excited to see how they will mesh and gel together as a unit.”
On the team’s immediate focus this fall…
“The biggest question mark we have on our ball club is our infield. We don’t return any infielders other than first baseman Casey Grayson from a year ago. Landon Appling is back after playing some at second base, but he is primarily an outfielder. Solidifying our infield with a very talented group of newcomers, who will battle each other for playing time, will be key. Competition is good. It will lead to great practices and a lot of competition for spots on Opening Day.”
HOUSTON at RICE
Houston will play just one fall scrimmage this season when they face Rice on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at Reckling Park.
A LOOK BACK
The Cougars saw Michael Pyeatt named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team, while Landon Appling was an All-Tournament selection. Seniors Mo Wiley, John Cannon and Jared Ray all signed professional contracts after being taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Cougars added a spark to its coaching staff in July when former Oklahoma State head coach Frank Anderson joined Whitting, Trip Couch, and Ryan Shotzberger on staff as the new Cougar pitching coach.
A LOOK AHEAD
Houston returns four starting position players from a year ago and welcomes 17 newcomers to the squad, bolstered by a talented pitching class as well as several junior college transfer infielders. The Cougars will rely on an experienced pitching staff and solid defense to guide them through the fall season.
FALL SHOWCASE CAMP
Fall Showcase Camp set to be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., November 17-18, at Cougar Field for ages 14-18. Camp cost is $225 and will be held at Cougar Field. For more information and how to register, visit www.cougarbaseballcamp.com.
To speak with players and/or coaches during fall practices, please contact Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Allison McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that interviews be held prior to the start of practice.
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