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Thursday, April 6, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 127

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UH returns home; Aggies look to contend

UH/Texas Baseball

Keenan Singleton

With about 20 games left on everyone's schedule for the 2000 season, look for the Texas teams to pull out all the stops to solidify their positions for the post-season.

The top has stayed constant with Texas, UH and Baylor all staking claim to the No. 1-team-in-Texas crown throughout the year.

The middle is muddled with Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Lamar.

The also-rans include the extremely disappointing Rice, Southwest Texas, Texas Christian and Sam Houston teams.

On the home front

How does a team win seven of its last 10 games and not move up in the national rankings?

Just ask the Cougars.

Dating back to a road victory on March 14 against the Arizona Wildcats, UH has won six road games from Tucson, Ariz., to Charlotte, N.C.

The Cougars now return to the "unfriendly" confines of Cougar Field, where everyone knows of their woes. So this writer will not dwell on it.

They will face a second-class citizen of Conference USA, South Florida, this weekend.

The Bulls are led by designated hitter Chris Cuccia, who has a .368 BA and a team-high 38 RBIs.

The Bulls snapped a seven-game losing streak when they defeated C-USA rival Louisville 8-4 on April 2.

On the mound for the Bulls will be a member of last year's C-USA All-Freshman team, right-hander John Gorham.

Look for the Cougars to sweep the hapless Bulls in convincing fashion.

Thumbs up

No one wants to face off against the Aggies right now.

They are reaping the benefits of a winning streak that has produced eight wins in their last nine games.

The current streak has resurrected A&M's once-doubtful chances of contending with the Texas Longhorns and Baylor Bears for the Big 12 regular season crown.

The Aggies' season has been like a yo-yo: up and down.

They began the season ranked No. 19 before losing six of their first 10 games to the likes of University of Texas-San Antonio and UT-Pan American (twice).

Their next 10 had them bounce back and win key games against two top competitors, the Arizona Wildcats and the Cougars.

On the offensive end, the Aggies are led by slugging right fielder Dylan Holt (.361 BA, 12 HRS and 37 RBIs), while the staff follows the right arm of freshman pitcher Todd Deininger (7-2, 4.32 ERA).

Game of the Week

It will be a conference battle between two small but talented schools when the Southwest Texas Bobcats face off against the Lamar University Cardinals in San Marcos on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Bobcats (16-20, 6-9) are coming off of a heart-breaking loss to No. 13 Baylor, 6-3 in 11 innings.

The Cardinals (23-16, 8-7) are coming off a three-game sweep of UT-San Antonio and are in position to contend with the top of the conference.

If the Bobcats sweep the Cardinals they will work themselves into a tie for fourth place.
 

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