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Tuesday, April 4, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 125

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Crowell garners POW award after 15-K outing

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UH junior right-hander Kyle Crowell was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced Monday.

Friday night in Birmingham, Ala., Crowell tied a 32-year-old school record by recording 15 strikeouts in a single game -- and in only seven innings of work.


Kyle Crowell, shown here with Team USA, won his fourth-ever Pitcher of the Week award from Conference USA, and his third of the season.

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No. 9 UH had built a comfortable 11-1 lead over Alabama-Birmingham by that point, and head coach Rayner Noble pulled the Houston native and former Friendswood High School standout.

Crowell scattered just five hits and allowed one walk on the night. His strikeout total was the highest by a C-USA pitcher this year and tied for the league's third-highest total all-time.

On the year, Crowell is now 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA.

Staying put

Despite winning in Waco against a tough Baylor squad and a 16-3 walloping of UAB, UH failed to move up in the national polls that came out Monday.

Collegiate Baseball magazine had the Cougars at No. 9, while in Baseball America, UH stayed at the 12th spot nationwide.

The Cougars are riding a 13-game winning streak on the road dating back to Feb. 8. The only losses have come to No. 3 Texas in the opening series of the season in Austin.

UH will get a chance to extend that streak tonight, when it travels to College Station to battle Texas A&M.

Then the Cougars return home for a three-game set with C-USA rival South Florida, which also begins a stretch of 10 of 11 home games for UH, which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it.

Despite their impressive road mark, UH has been unable to garner much success at its own park, winning only eight of 15 games.
 

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