Baseball opens conference season against ECU on the road
The 15th-ranked baseball team is hitting the road to open play in the American Athletic Conference against the No. 19 East Carolina University Pirates.
The game against ECU will end the Cougars’ nine-game home stand, with their only losses coming against Rice University and the top-ranked Texas A&M.
Over those nine games, the team outscored its opponents by an average of 5.2 runs per game, pushing an average of 6.4 runs across the plate over that time.
The Cougars’ pitching dominated long stretches of the home stand, with two of their aces, junior Andrew Lantrip and sophomore Seth Romero, each picking up a pair of wins over that stretch.
The Cougars’ offense exploded for a 14-0 win over George Washington University during that stretch, with freshman Joe Davis contributing four RBI and scoring two runs.
The Pirates are off to a similar start as UH, holding a 17-8 record heading into the opening of the series, while the Cougars sit at 16-8 overall.
Their offense is hitting well this season, with a .311 average as a team so far this season, compared to the Cougars’ average of .276 so far.
Evan Kruczynski will throw for ECU on Friday. Krucynski is the owner of a 3-0 record and a 2.41 ERA, and he will go against Lantrip, who is 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA.
The Cougars’ and Pirates’ first game is on Friday, with first pitch set for 5:30 p.m. and will continue on Saturday and Sunday.