Cougars ready to put out
By Derrick Hinton
Daily Cougar Staff
After missing out on an opportunity to
prove itself against a top-ranked team, the Cougar baseball team will try
to get over .500 by welcoming Conference USA rival Alabama-Birmingham for
a three-game series this weekend at Cougar Field.
The Coogs, who have been below .500 since
beating San Diego State on Feb. 10, should be ready to flex their muscles
against a team that is struggling through conference with a 3-6 record.
Gabe Lucas is part of a quickly
improving field of talented freshmen for Cougar baseball.
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The Blazers may have an overall record
of 17-12, but they clearly cannot match the talent of Houston.
UH will start its freshmen triplets of
Brad Sullivan (2-5), Austin Faught (2-4) and Gene Flores (3-3) on the mound.
The three have been stellar the past three weekends despite their misleading
records. They have notched six of their seven combined wins during that
three-week span with only one loss to Sullivan.
UAB is 137th in RPI and Houston is 12-4
against teams outside the top 50. This is the first team the Cougars have
played with an RPI lower than 100 (Texas A&M).
Even with the loss to No. 9 Baylor, the
Cougars are still 10-2 for their last 12 games and have made a tremendous
surge in recent weeks.
This weekend's games will follow the usual
pattern with a Friday start at 7 p.m. and first pitch at 2 p.m. Saturday
and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Grill on the Hill will take place before
Saturday's game. The annual event will feature barbecue prepared on a large
grill by UH women's head basketball coach Joe Curl.
UH head football coach Dana Dimel might
also show up for the free event, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue
until the first pitch of the Cougar-UAB baseball game.