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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
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
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.