Baseball will have stiff
By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff
The Houston baseball team will go on the
road this weekend to participate in the Kia Baseball Bash in Fullerton,
The Cougars will play No. 11 California
State-Fullerton, No. 6 Miami and No. 17 Southern California in the tournament.
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Head coach Rayner Noble will
look for increased production from his bullpen, which has been inconsistent
early in the season.
Although many were disappointed that the
second game of the Silver Glove Series was postponed because of cold weather,
was given more time to rest up for the
Junior Jesse Crain received two awards
this week for his efforts in four games last week. The UH infielder and
pitcher was awarded
Conference USA Hitter of the Week on Monday.
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association honored Crain on Tuesday as National Hitter of the Week.
The Cougars will face the Cal State-Fullerton
Titans in their first game of this weekend's tournament. The game will
begin at 9 p.m.
Friday. The Titans are batting .305 and
the pitching staff has a 4.34 ERA. Fullerton's record this year is 9-4.
Cal State-Fullerton has a powerful pitching
staff. The Titans' sophomore closer Chad Cordero was named the Big West
Pitcher of the Week this week.
Cordero had two saves against No. 21 Arizona
State and a 1.29 ERA last week. His opponents batted a scant .125 against
the ace as
Cordero recorded 10 strikeouts in just
Houston will face the Trojans at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday. USC has won 12 NCAA Championships, twice as many as any other
school, but is
5-5 in overall play this season.
The Trojans swept California-Los Angeles
last week in a three-game series and scored 26 runs on 26 hits against
the Bruins in one
game. Those 26 runs are the most either
team has ever scored in the rivalry.
The week prior, USC took a beating from
No. 16 Baylor. The Bears swept the Trojans in three games.
USC belongs to the Pacific 10 along with
No. 1 Stanford and ASU. The Trojans were ranked No. 2 in the PAC-10 conference
preseason poll, receiving two first-place
Houston will finish out the weekend against
the Hurricanes at 3 p.m. Sunday. Miami, the defending College World Series
8-4 this season.
The Hurricanes won the College World Series
in 1982, 1985, 1999, and 2001. Their success last season earned them the
to play the Florida Marlins on March 6.
Miami has won six consecutive games, and
the team is batting .337. The Hurricanes' pitching staff has an ERA of
Miami's Jim Burt is batting .425, and has
three home runs and 13 runs batted in this season. Danny Matienzo has seven
home runs, 12
RBI, and a .356 batting average.
KGBC-AM 1540 will broadcast all the Cougars'
games this weekend for Houston listeners.
The Kia Baseball Bash marks the beginning
of a six-game road trip for the Cougars. After going to Fullerton, Houston
will travel to
Lafayette, La., for a three-game series
Houston will return to Cougar Field to
play McNeese State at 7 p.m. March 12.