Wednesday, February 7, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 91



UH Baseball up and running

Cougar Sports Services

Cougar Baseball takes off for San Diego State this weekend to contend for the Moores Cup.

The award, commissioned in 1998 by UH alumni John Moores, is one of two trophies the UH baseball team competes for each season.

Moores, owner of the San Diego Padres, presented the trophy in its inaugural year to San Diego State. The Cougars claimed the cup in 1999, which is where the award currently stands. UH will play the Padres in an exhibition game on March 13 in Peoria, Ariz.

The next annual award the Cougars will contend for is the Silver Glove, which was also commissioned in 1998.

The trophy is the reward for the city championship between UH and the Rice Owls. The crosstown rivals will play five games throughout the 2001 season for the Silver Glove.

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Junior transfer Chris Klosterman prepares to swing in the Astros Collegiate Classic at Enron Field. Klosterman was named to the all-tournament team.

The award is presented by Sterling Silver Bank. The Cougars took the glove last year for the first time.

UH opened the 2001 season with the Astros College Classic Tournament this weekend. UH pulled out 2-1, dropping a game to No. 17 Baylor. The Cougars defeated state rival No. 20 Texas, 3-2 and scored 11 runs in a win over Texas Tech.

Junior transfer Chris Klosterman was named to the all-tournament team. Klosterman is one of the 18 new faces to hit Cougar Field this year under head coach Rayner Noble. The 2-1 start is the first since the 1997 season. UH began the last three seasons 1-2.

In 1997, Cougar baseball won 40 games and UH's first Conference USA tournament title in the conference's inaugural season.

Noble recently received his own honors as he was named 2001 Sportsman of the Year by the Recycled Baseball Items Foundation of Houston at a dinner Jan. 27. Honored alongside Noble was Houston Astros pitcher Scott Elarton.

One of the considerations for Noble's accolade was the composite GPA of his 2000 season team, which was 2.85 for 25 players.

Founded in 1992, the RBI Foundation works with inner-city communities, donating baseball equipment to organizations for inner-city youth.

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