HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 16, 2011) The 2011 University of Houston baseball season will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at Cougar Field, as the Cougars play host to UT Arlington in a three-game series. The weekend will continue against the Mavericks at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and conclude at 1 p.m.Sunday
Fans can hear all three of this weekend’s games live on UHCougars.com and livestats will also be available via the internet by clicking on the Gametracker link on the baseball schedule page.
The first 250 fans that arrive for Friday’s game will receive an official 2011 Houston Baseball poster or schedule card.
Single game tickets are still on sale beginning at $8 for general admission. A season ticket package for all 27 home games is also still available for $165. Tickets can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center or on the phone at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.UHCougars.com.
The gates and the ticket booth will be open one hour prior to the start of the game.
The Cougars are under the direction of first-year head coach Todd Whitting, who rejoined the program after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at TCU.
Whitting has tabbed junior RHP Codey Morehouse as his opening day starter. Morehouse made 14 appearances on the mound last season, all in relief. He finished with a 9.50 ERA and one save. He will face off against the Mavericks’ RHP Collin Reynolds, a junior college transfer playing his first game for UTA.
Saturday’s contest will mark junior lefty Jordan Lewis’ first start as a Cougar. He transferred to UH from West Nevada Junior College. There he guided his team to a third place finish at the Junior College World Series and was named a First-Team All-Conference selection. RHP Lance Day will be making the start in his first game with the Mavericks.
Neither team has named a starter for Sunday’s series finale.
Friday’s opener marks Houston’s 65th season of intercollegiate baseball. UH has enjoyed great success in season openers, posting an all-time record of 38-26 (.593) and reeling off 13-straight victories from 1975-1987.
The Cougars will meet UT Arlington for the seventh time in program history on Friday. UH holds a 5-1 all-time record in the series with a 4-0 mark at Cougar Field. Houston earned an 8-3 win in the last meeting between the two programs on Feb. 24, 2007 at the Southwest Diamond Classic.