by Andrew J. FerraroDaily Cougar Staff
Jason Schreiber is a jack-of-all-trades.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior from Bellaire high school is coming off of a stellar week in which he hit .429 (9-for-21), drove in eight runs, and hit a home run in a 5-2 UH victory over the TCU Horned Frogs.
Not only did Schreiber hit the ball hard, he pitched a complete game against the Frogs in notching his fourth victory of the season.
For his efforts, Schreiber was named the Southwest Conference co-player of the week along with Jacques Landry of Rice and became the first player from Houston to receive that award this season.
After the series with the Frogs, Schreiber is hitting .370 and is leading the Cougars in pitching with a 4-1 record and an ERA of 3.21.
"It feels real good to earn that honor, but I'm not a big stat kind of guy," he said. "I'm just going to keep concentrating on playing the game."
Schreiber's attitude toward his statistics seems to reflect on his play in the field as well as his hitting.
He shows little emotion, but after a good performance a subtle grin appears and the satisfaction of a victory seems to glow around him.
Schreiber was born on May 1, 1974, in Houston, and is majoring in sociology.
Upon graduation from high school, Schreiber chose to attend the University of Kansas and compiled a 6-1 record with five saves and a team-leading 3.21 ERA as a true freshman.
In 1995, he transferred to San Jacinto Junior College and started 11 games for the Gators while going 7-5 with an ERA of 2.73.
Schreiber also played a vital role in the lineup, hitting .305, co-lead the team in doubles with 29, three homers and drove in 29 runs.
Schreiber chose to attend the University of Houston because he said that there is a good chance to win here.
"I really like the facilities here," Schreiber said. "It's a good place to play ball and I like to hit and pitch both and that's exactly what I get to do here.
"I don't know where I like playing better (first base or pitcher), but I would have to say that it really depends on what I am doing at the time."
In the middle of the season, Schreiber had an 18-game hitting streak dating from March 9 to April 6 that included 32 hits, 16 RBIs, two home runs while striking out just three times.
In the midst of his hitting streak, Schreiber picked up his first win of the season against Baylor during the First Pitch Tournament at Cougar Field.
In four and two-thirds innings of work, Schreiber allowed one run on four hits while walking just one and striking out three.
Two weeks later in Oklahoma, Schreiber notched his second win of the season as the Cougars downed the Cowboys 9-3.
His best offensive outing of the season also came in the victory over Oklahoma.
He pounded out four hits in five trips to the plate, helping the Cougars take one of three from the Cowboys.
Earlier in the year, Schreiber helped the Cougars come back and beat the Southwest Texas State Bobcats after falling behind early.
In this offensive tear, Schreiber went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs in the 14-5 victory.
After a disappointing loss to the University of Texas Longhorns, Schreiber has pitched two complete games in a row and has walked just three batters in his last 30 innings of work.
One of the complete games included a shutout of Baylor at Ferrell Field on April 13.
"It's my most memorable game of the season," Schreiber said. "(Houston) coach (Rayner Noble) had been after a shutout all year and I was glad to get it."
The second of the two complete games, the 5-2 victory over TCU, helped him attain the Player of the Week status he now shares with Landry.