Hopes for top seed in tourney remain for UH

Mark Mayorga

Staff Writer

It's the last weekend of the regular season, and every game is important.

The Conference USA tournament is just around the corner, and the Houston Cougar baseball team (30-23 overall, 20-10 C-USA) has its eyes set on winning the tournament for the second consecutive year. However, the Cougars first have to contend with the Memphis Tigers (23-25, 12-12 C-USA) in their final three game series at home, this weekend at Cougar Field.

The Cougars, who stand second in the conference behind Tulane, enter this weekend winners of 11 of their last 12 in C-USA.

The Cougars will send sophomore lefty Shane Nance, the number one pitcher in C-USA, to the mound in game one. Nance, who threw a complete game one-hitter against Southern Mississippi in his last start, is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA in his 89 innings pitched this year. Unfortunately, the much anticipated duel between Nance and Memphis' Craig House will not happen since Memphis' head coach has moved House's start back.

In game two, right-hander Duncan McAdoo will get the start for the Cougars. McAdoo is 4-2 with an ERA of 5.49 in his 12 starts.

In game three, senior lefty Jon McDonald will get the ball for the Cougars. McDonald, who is 7-4 with a 5.64 ERA, needs only one more win to enter into the top five all-time UH win list and eight strikeouts to become third on the all-time strikeout list.

This weekend marks the last time that seniors Jon McDonald and Shaun Skrehot will take the field as Houston Cougars at Cougar Field.

The C-USA baseball championships will be held May 12-17 in New Orleans, La. The Tulane Green Wave will serve as the host to this year's tournament, with games to be played at Zephyr Park.

The championship game will be held on Sunday May 17 and will be televised by Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m. The winner claims the C-USA trophy and an automatic bid to the 1998 NCAA baseball tournament.

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