Owls and Cougars Looking Good for Postseason Success
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The Cougar offense was paced over the season by first baseman Casey Grayson, who had 65 hits, 14 doubles, six homers and 41 RBI while hitting .325 and walking 43 times. Outfielder Kyle Survance stole 29 bases while getting 62 hits and 27 RBI. Staff ace Aaron Garza was 7-4 on the season in 14 starts while throwing two complete games and getting 52 strikeouts in 93.1 innings. He was backed by Jake Lemoine, who was 6-5 in 14 starts, and closer Chase Wellbrock, who was 4-0 with 11 saves and a 0.50 era.
It's been awhile since both UH and Rice were on the verge of the NCAAs in baseball. It's a pretty common occurrence for the Owls, but it's something the Cougars haven't experienced in several years. Just making the NCAA Regionals is not enough for the Owls, who are out for a long-delayed return to Omaha, but the Cougars are a talented team primed to make a deep run that can start in Houston if they can win this week. The Astros might offer up a bad baseball product, but UH and Rice are playing outstanding baseball, and if things break right, they'll both be playing postseason baseball in Houston next week.