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Volume 70, Issue 122, Tuesday, April 5, 2005


Cougars slated to face state rival No. 15 Bears

Cougar Sports Servcies

The Cougar baseball team will be looking to settle the score today against Baseball America College No. 15-ranked Baylor, which took a win against Houston early in the season. 

After knocking 14 runs out of 13 hits in the second half of Sunday's doubleheader against Cincinnati, Houston will be looking to continue its momentum at the plate against a tough Baylor team. 

This year's two games against Baylor marks the 42nd consecutive season the two in-state rivals have squared off. As it stands, the Bears are 83-57 in the all-time series dating back to 1951. 

The Cougars split a two-game weekend series with Conference USA rival Cincinnati that included a 14-1 win over the Bearcats. Today, Houston looks for some momentum against Baylor as both teams prepare for the next chapter in a long history of competition.

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Baylor has won four of the past five games.

Slated to start for the Cougars on the mound will be one of two junior right-handers: Kevin Roberts or Austin Sumerlin. 

This would be his seventh start of the season if Roberts gets the call. He would enter the game with a 2-1 record, a 3.82 ERA, 38 strikeouts and a .224 opponent batting average in 37.2 innings of work.

This would also be Sumerlin's seventh appearance, but his first start this season. Sumerlin has pitched nine innings, racking up five strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA.

Leading the bats for the Cougars is sophomore infielder Brad Lincoln, who will enter the game with a .398 average. He's currently on a six-game hitting streak and recorded at least one RBI in nine of the last 10 games.

Roberts follows Lincoln at the plate with a .347 batting average, and currently holds a career- and UH season-best 13-game hit streak.

With Baylor having home-field advantage and a 35-27 record in Bear country, right-hander Andy Pape is scheduled to start on the mound. Pape enters the game with a 1.883 ERA in 13 innings of work and a 1-0 record. Josh Ford leads the Baylor's bats with a .314 average and has 20 RBIs.

The game is slated to start at 4 p.m. today and Cougar fans can catch the action live on the Internet at with former Cougars Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling the game.

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