|Tuesday, April 4, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 125
Crowell garners POW after 15-K outing
|Coogs gets shot at redemption tonight at A&M
By Keenan Singleton
It's payback time.
When Texas A&M visited Cougar Field on March 7, the Aggies crushed two three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings to pad a convincing 9-5 victory over the Cougars, now ranked at No. 9.
"The biggest thing we need to change tomorrow to be successful is pitch a lot better," UH head baseball coach Rayner Noble said. "We didn't pitch very well when they were here. We made a couple of mistakes on 0-2 pitches that (I think) both got hit out of the park."
Kris Wilken takes a crack against Texas A&M on March 7. UH lost that game, but will get a chance to return the favor when they travel to Olsen Field today in College Station.
"They wore us out here on TV," Brandon Caraway said. "I think (tonight's game) might be televised, so I'm ready to go up there and get a ‘W'."
Last time out, the Cougars mauled Alabama-Birmingham to the tune of 16-3. In fact, the only thing that could stop the Cougars was the inclement weather that prevented UH from possibly sweeping the Blazers and extending their road winning streak to 14.
"Losing those two games at Birmingham hurt, because they were possibly two wins," Noble said. "But we can rectify the whole by continuing to win in conference."
It's no secret, the Cougars have had difficulty winning the big ones at home with an 8-7 record, which has led many to believe that the Cougars can't function at Cougar Field.
"I don't believe in that." Caraway said. "You play good ball wherever you're at. I just think on the road we don't have as many distractions as we do at home."
"It isn't anything more than coincidence," said starting first baseman J.P. Woodward. "It's just one of those things. You get up for the big boys and whenever you face teams that won't even sniff the Top 25 like Illinois, it just makes it tough. Those teams get up for us like we get for the other guys."
UH starter Duncan McAdoo will make his second start since returning from getting his knee scoped after the Illinois series March 5.
In his last start against Baylor on March 28, McAdoo gave up two unearned runs in 3.2 innings of work.
Hurling for the Aggies will be senior right-hander Chris Fullbright. In his last outing, Fullbright surrendered only one run and 3 hits on seven innings of work to a talented Ohio State team.
"It's going to be a good game because they have been on a bit of a roll,"
Noble said. "Hopefully, we can get some timely hitting which we didn't
get in the first game."
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