Thursday, March 17, 2011

UH Baseball Looks To Extend Win Streak Against Kent State

(Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loco Photography, Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved)

HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 17, 2011) The University of Houston baseball team will look to extend its two-game win streak this weekend whenthey play host to Kent State at Cougar Field. It will mark the first ever meetings between the two programs on the baseball field. The series begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, continues at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Fans can hear all of the weekend’s game action live on through the online radio link and livestats will also be available via the internet by clicking on the Gametracker link on the baseball schedule page. A live video stream of each game will be available on the All-Access page of the Houston website.

Houston’s series against Kent State will be the last home contest during the month of March as the Cougars kick off a nine game road stand next week. The road trip includes two midweek games against Rice, a midweek game against Texas A&M and weekend series against TCU and Tulane.

The Cougars are 9-9 this season after winning games against Sam Houston State and McNeese State this week. Junior Matt Creel leads the team with a .413 batting average. The designated hitter has six doubles, a triple and 13 RBIs. Senior Caleb Ramsey leads the team with ninedoubles and 25 RBIs.

Kent State enters the weekend with an 8-6overall record after knocking off Pittsburgh, 10-7, Tuesday night. Ben Klafczynski paces the team with a .439 average. He also has three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 RBIs. As a team the Golden Flashes are hitting .266 with 24 doubles, nine triples and seven home runs.

Junior Mo Wiley will be making the start for the Cougars on Friday night against the Golden Flashes. He is 0-1 in one start and four appearances. Wiley posts a 6.14 ERA with four strikeouts. Kent State will send Andrew Chafin to the mound in the opener. He is 2-0 this season in three starts. Chafin has also not allowed a run in 19.2 innings and has 19 strikeouts.

Houston has not named starters for Saturday and Sunday’s games. The Golden Flashes will start Kyle Hallock on Saturday. He is 2-2 in four starts with a 2.25 ERA. In 24 innings of work he has allowed six earned runs with 17 strikeouts.

In the finale, Kent State has named DavidStarn as its starter. He is 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA in four starts. Starn has pitched a team-high 29 innings and has a team-high 26 strikeouts.

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