Baseball Tabbed to Finish Second in The American
Dec. 23, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Preparing for its debut in the inaugural season of The American Athletic Conference, Houston Baseball was tabbed to finish second in the conference’s preseason baseball poll, voted on by the league’s nine head coaches. Sophomore third baseman Justin Montemayor was also named a unanimous selection on the Preseason Team, announced Monday afternoon.
2013 NCAA College World Series participant Louisville was unanimously predicted to finish atop the league, receiving eight first-place votes, while the Cougars earned the lone remaining first-place vote for a total of 47 points. Houston joined UCF and UConn behind Louisville in second, while USF, Memphis, Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Temple rounded out the remaining preseason rankings.
The Cougars, under fourth-year head coach Todd Whitting, return every position starter from a year ago and two of Houston’s starting pitchers. Houston is coming off a 36-22 campaign that saw itself rank among the nation’s Top 25 for over four weeks during last season’s run – ending the year with the nation’s third-best turnaround.
Montemayor was one of 15 American baseball student-athletes selected to the preseason team and was picked as the conference’s top third baseman heading into the 2014 season. The Austin, Texas native was also a unanimous pick, voted by the coaches.
Montemayor played his freshman season at first base, but will move to third base in 2014 with the return of redshirt senior Casey Grayson, who was out in 2013 due to an ACL tear.
ABOUT Justin Montemayor
2014 Preseason American Athletic Conference Baseball Coaches' Poll
Place - Team (First-place votes) - Points
*1. Louisville (8) - 64
T2. Houston (1) - 47
T2. UCF - 47
T2. UConn - 47
5. USF - 34
6. Memphis - 30
7. Rutgers - 27
8. Cincinnati - 18
9. Temple - 8
* Unanimous Selection
Preseason American Athletic Conference Player of the Year: Jeff Gardner, OF, Louisville
Preseason American Athletic Conference Pitchers of the Year: Carson Cross, P, UConn & Jimmy Herget, P, USF
2014 Preseason All-American Athletic Conference Team
A LOOK AT THE 2014 SCHEDULE
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.
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), College of Charleston (March 21-23), Texas State (April 8), Sam Houston State (April 22) and Prairie View A&M (May 6).
The Cougars will compete for the first time in the inaugural American Athletic Conference and will welcome Memphis (March 28-30), Louisville (April 11-13), USF (April 17-19), and UCF (May 2-4) to Cougar Field as part of league play.
SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Reserved Houston Baseball season tickets will be allocated after the renewal deadline (Friday, January 17, 2014). General Admission seats include 33 "Anytime Tickets". You may use one ticket to each home game, 33 tickets to one game, or any combination in between.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $150 (33 home games/$4.50 per ticket), while Reserved season tickets start at only $200 (33 home games/$6.00 per ticket).
Families can purchase the Family Plan for just $399, which includes two adult and two youth General Admission tickets to each of the 33 home games. The Family Plan does not include the "Anytime Tickets" package.
Fans also can purchase season tickets by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275).