Cougars to take on Rice
By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH baseball team will face cross-town
rival No. 10 Rice at 4 p.m. today at Reckling Field on the Rice campus.
Kevin Harwerth/The Daily
Sophomore Austin Faught pitched
three strong innings of relief Saturday against Texas. Faught and his teammates
will take on Rice today
to begin the Silver Glove Series.
Both the Owls and the Cougars received
top honors in the Astros College Classic Tournament after going 2-1, but
the teams didn't play
Today's game will be the opening game in
the Silver Glove Series, a tradition that dates back to 1948.
Last season, Rice squeezed a victory in
the series, winning three games to Houston's two, but since 1972 — when
the two schools turned
the Silver Glove into an annual excursion
— the Cougars have collected a 60-51 record against the Owls.
Freshman left-hander Taylor Gartz is expected
to make his debut for Houston when he takes the mound against Rice as the
Gartz is a highly regarded athlete from
Clear Lake High School who possesses a keen competitive spirit. He is expected
to be an integral
part of the weekday Cougar lineup.
The Cougars will be counting on their star
players to come through with the bat to win the first game of the series
and give Houston an
Junior Chris Snyder had a weekend batting
average of .571 at the Astros College Classic. That performance earned
him Conference USA
Hitter of the Week honors.
Senior Keith Whatley pitched six scoreless
innings against No. 30 Texas A&M on Sunday and joined Snyder on the
Surprisingly, sophomore Brad Sullivan did
not receive any honors for his outstanding performance as the starter on
the mound against No.
16 Baylor in Friday's game, in which he
had a career-high nine strikeouts.
Rice beat Texas Christian and Texas Tech
over the weekend, but lost to Texas A&M for a 2-1 record.
Rice's senior outfielder Mike Lorsbach
was awarded Western Athletic Conference baseball Player of the Week on
Feb. 11, and fellow
teammate pitcher Darrell Rasner joined
Lorsbach as WAC Pitcher of the Week.
Lorsbach had a batting average of .417
over the weekend, and even added a career-first grand slam against Texas
Tech on Saturday. In
the same game, Lorsbach had two runs,
six runs batted in and a double.
Lorsbach joined three of his teammates
on the All-Tournament Team — infielders Eric Arnold and Enrique Cruz and
Rasner was rewarded for his performance
against Nevada-Las Vegas, during which he pitched seven shutout innings,
giving up only four
hits and one walk. Rasner also had 10
Rasner wasn't the only Rice player nominated
for WAC pitcher of the week. Senior Justin Crowder was nominated for his
talent on the mound.
Rice will be using sophomore David Aardsma
as its starting pitcher. Aardsma is a right-handed pitcher who will be
making his first
appearance of the season.
Two Silver Glove games are scheduled in
February. The next will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Cougar Field.