Tuesday, March 7, 2000
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Cougars drop to No. 10, host Texas A&M tonight

By Anna Sivadasan
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH baseball team will conclude a five-game homestand when it hosts in-state rival Texas A&M tonight at Cougar Field.

With two losses to Illinois and a mid-week defeat to Texas last week, head coach Rayner Noble's Cougars (12-6) have dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 in this week's national rankings.

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After losing to Texas and Illinois last week, the Cougars have dropped to No. 10 in the nation. They will try to move back up the rankings, taking on the Texas A&M Aggies tonight at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field.

At 9-10, the Aggies find themselves in unfamiliar territory. A&M was a College World Series participant last year, but after 19 games this season, the Aggies are not ranked and have lost to Texas-Pan American twice and UT-San Antonio and Sam Houston State once.

After being swept by the fourth-ranked Baylor Bears over the weekend, A&M will bring a three-game losing streak into Cougar Field.

UH senior right-hander Robert Dieudonné will make his first start of the season and his first start since his freshman year tonight.

In six relief appearances this year, Dieduonné is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings.

And in his last two appearances against nationally-ranked Louisiana State and Texas, he has pitched a combined seven innings, allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out nine batters.

The 2000 A&M roster is comprised of 11 freshmen and 10 sophomores.

One of those freshmen will be on the mound for A&M against UH. Left-hander Zach Dixon will make his third appearance of the season and second start of the year in tonight's game. Dixon brings an 0-1 record and a 1.86 ERA into the game.

Last season, the Aggies and Cougars split two games, with each team winning on the other's field. A&M took a one-run decision at Cougar Field, and UH returned the favor, winning a 15-5 game at Olsen Field in College Station.

After finishing its homestand against A&M, the Cougars will begin a challenging seven-game road trip this weekend against nationally-ranked USC.

Tonight's game will start at 7 p.m. and can be seen on Channel 55.

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