Oct. 2, 2013
HOUSTON - Highlighted by 30 homes games at Cougar Field, 35 in the city, new competition within the American Athletic Conference and a trip to California to take on the defending National Champion in UCLA, Houston Baseball and head coach Todd Whitting have unveiled an exciting 2014 schedule, announced Wednesday afternoon.
"I think once again we are playing an extremely competitive schedule here at the University of Houston," said Whitting. "I'm excited about not only our new conference opponents, but some teams we haven't faced before inside the league as well as outside the league."
For the eighth consecutive season, Houston will open its slate at Cougar Field, having accumulated a winning record of 11-6, which includes back-to-back weekend sweeps the past two seasons under Whitting - who will begin his fourth season in 2014 at the helm.
"Opening at home is something I will continue to do," Whitting said. "I like for our guys to get out and open in a home environment and hopefully get off to a good start at home."
Houston will open its 2014 slate by hosting Nicholls State in a three-game series on Feb. 14-16. This year will mark the first time since 1988 these two programs have met on the diamond with Houston owning a 28-13 overall record.
The Cougars will take on Rice in three different venues this season with the first coming at Reckling Park on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Tuesday, March 25 - 6:30 p.m. contest at Cougar Field and a final Silver Glove Series contest on Tuesday, May 13 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.
For the 14th consecutive season, Houston will compete in the College Classic, one of the most premier college tournaments in the nation, held at Minute Maid Park. The Cougars will square off against Texas Tech (Feb. 28 - 11:45 a.m.), Texas (March 1 - 3:30 p.m.) and TCU (March 2 - 6:15 p.m.).
Houston is also set to host non-conference opponents Michigan (Feb. 21-23) - for the first time since 1998, McNeese State (Feb. 26), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (March 4), Baylor (March 11), Towson (March 14, 16), West Virginia (March 15), Texas State (April 8), Sam Houston State (April 22) and Prairie View A&M (May 6). The Towson/West Virginia games will be played in a Round Robin format as those two teams will play each other once on Friday and Saturday.
Whitting's club will spend just two non-conference weekends outside the city of Houston when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to take part in the Dodgertown Classic, which features games on the campus of USC (March 7), UCLA (March 8) and a showdown at Dodger Stadium against Pepperdine (March 9). The last non-league weekend road trip for the Cougars will take place in Charleston, S.C. to take on College of Charleston in a three-game set (March 21-23).
Houston's schedule also features non-conference midweek trips to College Station to battle Texas A&M on Tuesday, April 1 - slated for 6:35 p.m. and a visit to Huntsville to take on Sam Houston State on April 15 at 6:30 p.m.
"This non-conference slate may be one of the toughest we have played since I've been here," Whitting said. "Playing quality competition like this will prepare our team for postseason and prepare us for the stretch towards the end of the season and I think it will ultimately serve us well as we go through the college baseball season."
Within the new American Athletic Conference, the Cougars welcome Memphis (March 28-30), Louisville (April 11-13), USF (April 17-19), and UCF (May 2-4) to Cougar Field, while taking on Rutgers (April 4-6), Cincinnati (April 25-27), UConn (May 9-11) and Temple (May 15-17) on the road.
The American Athletic Conference Championship will be held in Clearwater, Fla. on May 21-25.
- First 12 games and 15 of first 18 of 2014 slate will be played in the city of Houston.
WHERE THE PROS PLAY
- Houston will play in three different professional ballparks during 2014 - the most ever in one season.
- Three games will be played at Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros), one at Dodger Stadium (home of the Los Angeles Dodgers) and one at Constellation Field (home of the Sugar Land Skeeters).
BACK IN THE COLLEGE CLASSIC
- Will make 14th consecutive appearance in the College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
- Houston and Rice are the only two schools to appear in the weekend tournament every year in existence - since 2001.
- Houston is 5-4 under Whitting with wins over Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Baylor and Texas A&M.
ACROSS THE NATION
- Houston will play in nine different states this season: Texas, California, South Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
FACING NCAA-TOURNEY COMPETITION
- Houston has seven opponents on the schedule who made the NCAA postseason a year ago.
- UCLA (College World Series - National Champions), Louisville (College World Series), Rice, Sam Houston State, Towson, UConn and Texas A&M.
- Houston will face six opponents for the first time in program history.
- Towson, West Virginia, College of Charleston, Rutgers, Temple, UConn.
|NICHOLLS STATE||H||UH leads 28-13||W, 21-4 (H) - 3/20/88|
|Rice||A||Rice leads 101-71||L, 1-11 (H) - 4/21/13|
|MICHIGAN||H||UH leads 8-1||W, 12-10 (H) - 3/8/98|
|MCNEESE STATE||H||UH leads 44-13||W, 11-5 (A) - 5/7/13|
|Texas Tech||N||UH leads 43-42||L, 9-10 (A) - 4/15/12|
|Texas||N||Texas leads 90-30-2||L, 0-4 (A) - 4/23/13|
|TCU||N||UH leads 52-45-2||L, 1-9 (A) - 3/27/11|
|TEXAS A&M-CC||H||Tied at 2-2||W, 3-1 (H) - 3/10/13|
|USC||A||USC leads 7-4||W, 9-4 (N) - 3/2/02|
|UCLA||A||UH leads 1-0||W, 7-6 (N) - 3/14/04|
|Pepperdine||N||Tied at 2-2||L, 12-18 (H) - 2/20/05|
|BAYLOR||H||BU leads 87-60||W, 3-2 (H) - 3/16/13|
|TOWSON||H||First Meeting||First Meeting|
|WEST VIRGINIA||H||First Meeting||First Meeting|
|Lamar||H||UH leads 50-27||L, 3-6 (3/26/13)|
|TEXAS SOUTHERN||H||UH leads 24-0||W, 12-2 (H) - 4/16/13|
|College of Charleston||A||First Meeting||First Meeting|
|RICE||H||Rice leads 101-71||L, 1-11 (H) - 4/21/13|
|MEMPHIS*||H||UH leads 38-13||L, 0-1 (A) - 3/31/13|
|Texas A&M||A||A&M leads 109-56-1||W, 7-6 (N) - 3/1/13|
|Rutgers*||A||First Meeting||First Meeting|
|TEXAS STATE||H||UH leads 30-15||W, 4-2 (A) - 2/24/13|
|LOUISVILLE*||H||UH leads 17-9||L, 6-10 (H) - 4/10/05|
|Sam Houston St.||A||Tied at 77-77||L, 1-4 (H) - 4/3/13|
|USF*||H||UH leads 17-10||W, 3-2 (H) - 4/24/05|
|SAM HOUSTON ST.||H||Tied at 77-77||L, 1-4 (H) - 4/3/13|
|Cincinnati*||A||UH leads 25-6||W, 14-1 (A) - 4/3/05|
|McNeese State||A||UH leads 44-13||W, 11-5 (A) - 5/7/13|
|UCF*||H||UH leads 20-14||L, 3-7 (A) 4/28/13|
|PRAIRIE VIEW A&M||H||UH leads 9-0||W, 13-3 (N) - 2/20/93|
|UConn*||A||First Meeting||First Meeting|
|Rice||N||Rice leads 101-71||L, 1-11 (H) - 4/21/13|
|Temple*||A||First Meeting||First Meeting|
SEASON TICKET INFORMATION
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