Memphis Series Preview

Coming off of a midweek loss to Lamar in Beaumont, the Houston Cougars will look to get back to their winning ways in a three game series on the road against the Memphis Tigers. The Tigers will come into this series with a 14-11 record, but they are better than that record would indicate. So far this season, they have a series sweep over Missouri, a series sweep over Louisiana-Monroe and a

and a midweek win over Ole Miss.

They boast a weekend starting rotation that very well might be among the best in the conference.

Leading the way is Alex Gunn. The junior from Clinton, Massachusetts has a tough luck 1-2 record, but has a 1.52 ERA and a 21/3 strikeout to walk ratio in 29.2 innings.

Erik Shoenrock, son of head coach Daron Shoenrock, has a 3-1 record with a 2.21 ERA and a .196 batting average against. Sam Moll has a 4-1 record with a 2.78 ERA. Most impressively, he has 48 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

Once you get into the Memphis bullpen, things don't get much easier.

Clayton Gant (0.77), Colin Lee (1.59), Jon Reed (2.75) and Conner Porter (2.76) all have solid ERAs in at least six appearances.

There is a lot of versatility out there as well, as both Reed and Porter average more than two innings per appearance.

One of the pitchers with the ugliest numbers is actually the one that leads the team in saves. Jonathan Van Eaton has four saves on the season, but he has a 6.08 ERA in 13.1 innings over 11 appearances.

Offensively, the Tigers aren't stellar, but they get the job done.

As a team, they are hitting .272.

Sophomore catcher Keaton Aldridge is hitting .329. Freshman Jake Little is the best power bat in the lineup. He is hitting .321 with four home runs and 14 RBI. He also leads the team in steals with eight.

Tucker Tubbs chips in with a .307 average with two homers and 17 RBI. Bryce Beeler is hitting .287 with 14 RBI and a team-leading ten doubles. Carter White, who doesn't quite have enough at-bats to qualify as a regular, is actually leading the team with a .357 average.

If the Cougars are going to end up being as successful this season as we are all hoping, they are going to have to win series like this. Memphis is a very good team, but UH needs to find a way to win two of three. 


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