Tuesday, March 2, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 104

Conference USA tournament could prove critical

Helton Revamps Staff

About the Cougar

Cougars take on Baylor tonight, try to avoid another historical embarrassment

By Mark Mayorga
Daily Cougar Staff

 All good and bad things somehow come to an end. The question of when is the hardest part to answer.

 The Baylor Bears were the team that came up with that particular answer Feb. 21, 1999.

 After playing more than six hours of college baseball, the Baylor Bears were finally able to come up with the right mix and end the seemingly endless marathon in 22 innings, with an 8-2 victory.

 For some teams, being part of a history-making game may be an accomplishment, but for the team on the short end of the stick, it isn't quite as sweet. 

 The Cougars, unfortunately, were on the short end, but they will be ready and able for round two as they meet Baylor again at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field.

Kris Wilken and the No. 24-ranked Cougar baseball team will take on the Baylor Bears tonight at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field. It will be a rematch of the six-hour, 22-inning game held last week.

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 "They're playing good baseball right now, but so are we," catcher Jarrod Bitter said. "I'm not looking for a repeat of last weekend. We're just going to come out and play our game and try to get the job done."

 In a game that was headlined by the amount of innings played, it was the pitching performances by both Cougars' Duncan McAdoo and Baylor's Jason Jennings that went unnoticed in the papers the next morning.

 Taking the ball for the Cougars against the Bears will be lefty Shane Nance. Nance, (1-1) with a 7.71 ERA, is coming off a 3.1-inning, five-strikeout performance against the No. 2 Rice Owls.

 "We need to get a good pitched game from Shane," head coach Rayner Noble said. "He's about due to come out of his small little slump."

 If, for whatever reason, Nance is unable to come out of that slump, there is no need to worry as the Cougar bullpen is more than able to come in and shut the opposing team down.

 In his six appearances on the year, right-hander Bryan Moore has proven to be a sure thing out of the bullpen. With his three wins and 0.00 ERA, he is definitely Noble's first option when a pitching change is in order.

 On a side note, the Cougars re-entered the top 25 baseball rankings at No. 24. Baylor is at No. 21. 

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