|Friday, February 19, 1999||
Volume 64, Issue 97
|UH baseball looks
to extend winning ways this weekend
By Anna Sivadasan
The UH baseball team has played five consecutive games in the last 10 days against teams ranked in the nation's top 10.
The Cougars have won three of those five games consecutively. Two of the wins, against Alabama and Texas, came down to extra innings as UH pulled out dramatic victories with homeruns by Jason Pekar and Aaron Melebeck.
Coming off three consecutive victories over ranked opponents, the Cougars will play in the Adam's Mark tournament against Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Baylor. The tournament begins tonight at 7 p.m. ar Cougar Field.
Barry Watson/ The Daily Cougar
So when No. 24 Houston plays the Adam's Mark Invitational this weekend at Cougar Field, a letdown could be possible.
UH players, however, don't expect one.
"You're obviously going to get up for some teams more than others, but if you're intensity isn't up for everybody, it's going to be a long season," UH leftfielder Brandon Caraway said.
The Cougars will open with the Oklahoma Sooners tonight at 7 p.m., and they will play the Vanderbilt Commodores and Baylor Bears at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Sooners come into this weekend's games with a record of 6-2. In eight games, the Sooners are hitting .366 as a team, and in their six victories, they have scored 62 runs. Senior first baseman Casey Bookout (.531, 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored) and junior outfielder Valentino Pascucci (.369 with three homers) lead the way for the Sooners at the plate.
OU will start righthander Jared Hoerman against UH righthander Kyle Crowell in Friday night's game.
In his first three starts, Hoerman has put up staff-ace numbers. The senior leads the Sooners in wins (3-0), innings pitched (17.2), ERA (1.02) and strikeouts (25).
In three appearances this season, Crowell hasn't been involved in a decision and has an ERA of 7.04.
"I'm not where I want to be. I'm making good pitches, but I'm also making too many mistakes," Crowell said. "I think I'm getting more confidence, and I'm getting a little more relaxed out there."
Two southpaws will be on the mound as the Cougars' Jerret Sykes (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will face Vanderbilt's Andy Beal (1-0, 0.00 ERA in three innings) Saturday afternoon. In their first three games, the Commodores' (2-1) pitching has been solid, allowing only six runs total in three games.
In the final game of the Adam's Mark Invitational, the Cougars will
play a familiar foe, the Baylor Bears (5-4). UH played Baylor last season
and lost both games. After struggling in their first few games, the Bears
have rebounded to win four of their last five.
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