Tuesday, March 12, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 106


 
 









 
 

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 success.

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
eight doubles.

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
ERA.

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
Cincinnati.

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
USA opponent.

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
and 20.
 
 
 
 
 

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