By: John Lockwood
Although the field is set for the 2011 Conference USA tournament to be held in Pearl, MS in two weeks, the battle for the CUSA regular season championship will be decided 80 miles down US-49 in Hattiesburg as the second-place Rice Owls take on first-place Southern Miss. Rice comes into this weekend one game behind the Golden Eagles in the standings, but both teams are guaranteed the top two seeds come May 25th. Spots three through seven are wide open however, as East Carolina and Houston both share 11-10 records while Tulane, UCF and Memphis all come in to the weekend at 10-11. UAB, who finished up their conference schedule last weekend by being swept by UCF, has the unfortunate distinction of playing the #1 seed in the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship presented by Trustmark. Marshall, after losing their series to Tulane, is the odd-man out. Nationally, although they are in second-place in CUSA, Rice climbs two spots this week to #17, while their first-place opponent this weekend drops to #20 after dropping their series on the road at Houston. Back in the top 30 as well is East Carolina, at #30, after going a perfect 4-0 last weekend. Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
Several key series unfolded this weekend as Conference USA finished up its second to last weekend of conference play this season. Houston stole two from visiting Southern Miss, leaving the Golden Eagles with just a one-game lead in the conference standings at a 15-6 record. Right behind them is Rice, who, with their series victory over visiting Memphis, improved to 14-7 in conference play. UCF solidified their spot in the Conference USA tournament, jumping up to a tie for fifth place after sweeping UAB in Birmingham over the weekend. Tied with UCF (as well as with Memphis) is Tulane, who were able to scrape together two wins in West Virginia, as they played an unconventionally scheduled three game set against Marshall. ECU absolutely destroyed visiting Delaware State, taking all three from the MEAC team by an average margin of just over eleven runs per game. Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
With just two CUSA series left to play, the regular season championship has become a two-team race as #17 Southern Miss sits just two games ahead of #19 Rice for the lead in the conference standings. East Carolina is the only other team with an over-.500 record, as the Pirates 11-10 mark is good for third place. Houston falls into a fourth place tie with Memphis after dropping all three games to Rice at home last weekend. Nationally, Southern Miss jumps two spots to #17, their highest ranking all season, while Rice re-cracks the top 20 at #19 this week. Continue reading
When the 2010 baseball season ended in Conference USA, Rice had regained its traditional position atop the league standings in the regular season, but saw Southern Miss claim the postseason tournament title. Those two schools again top the preseason polls for the 2011 season. Continue reading
Here is your Alumni Games Recap for February 12th.
TCU Varsity 5 Alumni 3
FORT WORTH, Texas – A Kyle Von Tungeln home run in the seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and helped propel the TCU Varsity baseball team to a 5-3 win over the Alumni squad Saturday afternoon. The game capped an outstanding weekend for the Horned Frog baseball team as they gear up for the opening of the 2011 campaign on Friday, Feb. 18 against Kansas. Continue reading
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Conference USA announced its 2011 preseason baseball awards, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches. Rice junior third baseman Anthony Rendon was chosen as the preseason Player of the Year, while Southern Miss senior right-hander Todd McInnis was named the preseason Pitcher of the Year. Rendon has been named C-USA Player of the Year each of the last two seasons, while McInnis was the Pitcher of the Year in 2009. Continue reading
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HOUSTON – University of Houston sophomore infielder David Murphy reached a pivotal milestone in his life on Friday. He completed his final treatment for acute lymphoid leukemia at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Cougar fans will know that Murphy was diagnosed in September of 2007. He has been receiving treatment ever since and is now in remission. To commemorate the end of this chapter in his life, Murphy was joined by his family and Dr. Zoann Dreyer at Texas Children’s where they presented him with a cake. Continue reading
The NCAA released their 2010 NCAA Baseball Attendance Figures which is led by four SEC schools. The LSU Tigers lead the pack with an average of 10,673 fans in 37 games. Arkansas comes in second with 7,704 fans while Ole Miss comes in third with 6,759 fans edging out fourth place South Carolina by an average of one fan. Texas is the first non-SEC school in fifth place with an average of 6,571 fans. You can check out the rest of the Top 50 below. Continue reading
HOUSTON – Members of the University of Houston baseball team took a trip across town to spend time with patients at Texas Children’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
The team spent more than two hours at the hospital visiting with patients, which is something they do on a routine basis. Continue reading
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HOUSTON – The Todd Whitting era will officially begin Feb. 18, 2011 when the University of Houston baseball team begins the 2011 campaign with a weekend series against UT Arlington at Cougar Field.