The rubber will meet the road over the next 8 games for Cougar baseball. Coach Whitting and Co. will play 5 games vs. top-25 RPI teams and 8 against teams in the top 67. This weekend’s opponent East Carolina is 17 in the RPI and on top of the AAC standings.
After that, the Coogs go on the road to SHSU Tuesday night (#25) and a weekend at Wichita State (#67) before a home game vs. Texas A&M (#10).
East Carolina comes in this weekend ranked #11 in the country. The Pirates throw strikes, they can crush it, and they’re not afraid of small ball, either. ECU is top 30 nationally in slugging, homers, sac bunts, ERA, WHIP, W/9, K/9, and K:BB. They do pretty much everything well.
On the flip side, UH is 7th in the AAC standings and desperately needs conference wins after a 2-4 start. The Cougars have some momentum coming into this weekend but need strong pitching performances from Lockhart, Randel, and TBA (Thinking Bond Again).
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Bielamowicz – 8 of 16 (.500) and raised his OB% 53 points.
Padgett – 6 of 14 (.429) and scored 6 runs.
Triolo – 11 of 29 (.379) and 8 RBI as he’s moved into the lead-off spot.
Fuentes – 6 of 12 (.500) and raised his BA 84 points (despite just 2 starts).
Lockhart – 6 of 16 (.375) and finally starting to see the ball.
Burckel – 7 of 22 (.318) and 6 runs scored.
That’s 44 hits and a .404 average in 7 games. That must continue.
Have to clean this up. We’re allowing .25 more unearned runs a game than last season at the same point. That doesn’t sound like much but it is for a team that plays so many one- or two-run games (20 of 29).
Last season UH had 24 errors through 29 games – this year, it’s 39.
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