Cougars ready to rope
the Cowboys tonight
By Stuart Clements
Daily Cougar Staff
The Houston baseball team returns to Cougar
Field to face McNeese State at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Cougars haven't played
a home game since their 12-11 win overLouisiana State Feb. 24.
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Sophomore southpaw Austin
Faught will make his first start of the year tonight against McNeese State.
The Cowboys are 9-5 and play in the Southland
Conference where they have yet to face any league foes. Four of McNeese
State's five losses have come on the road.
The Cougars are 12-4 and will try to extend
their seven-game winning streak — most of those wins were against ranked
teams. Houston has moved up to No. 8 in the
Baseball America poll because of its recent
Houston also entered the Collegiate Poll
at No. 12 and the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Poll at No. 13.
Ran Prince and Tommy Eubanks head up a
powerful Cowboy offense. Prince leads McNeese State in batting average
at .400, along with one home run, 11 RBI and
Eubanks is hitting .355 with six home runs
— one of which is a grand slam — and also leads the team with 22 RBI and
an incredible .710 slugging percentage.
The team as a whole is batting .301.
Cowboy Seth LaStrapes will be starting
on the mound. This will be LaStrapes' first start this season, and he has
picked up no decisions thus far. LaStrapes has a 9.64
The Cowboys played the Arkansas Razorbacks
last weekend in a three-game series and took the series 2-1.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Austin Faught
will be the starting pitcher. Faught has pitched 4.1 innings this season,
but this will also be his first start of the year. The
southpaw has a 4.15 ERA.
Sophomore Hyung Cho is on a roll after
extending his hitting streak to nine games, a team season best. Cho is
batting .385 this season with two home runs.
The Cougar offense hit five home runs Sunday
against Louisiana-Lafayette. It was the most home runs since the 1999 team
set the school record with seven against
Juniors Brett Cooley, Chris Snyder and
Jesse Crain will be expected to make big plays.
Cooley hit two home runs Sunday, including
a grand slam. Snyder knocked one out of the park to break the tie against
the Ragin' Cajuns in the same game.
After McNeese State, the Cougars will hit
the road again for a three-game series against Alabama-Birmingham this
weekend. UAB will be Houston's first Conference
Next week, fans will finally get to watch
No. 4 Rice battle it out against the Cougars for two games of the Silver
Glove series. The cross-town rivals will play March 19