March 4, 2014

Midweek at Houston Wraps Up Road Trip for Baseball

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team will wrap up a five-game road trip, as it travels to Houston on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Cougar Field.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, but was moved due to inclement weather.

The Islanders (5-8) will send right-hander Kevin Landgrebe out to the mound to make his first start of the season. So far, the junior transfer from Wharton County JC has appeared in six games, giving up two earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched for an ERA of 2.70, which is the best out of anyone on the team making at least three appearances out of the bullpen.

Houston (8-2) has yet to name a starter for the midweek matchup, but it is likely that either southpaw Matt Locus (0-0, 0.00) or righty David Longville, who has yet to make an appearance so far this season, will get the nod.

This season the Cougars have been almost unhittable on the mound. As a team, Houston boasts the lowest ERA in the nation with a 0.80 in 90 innings pitched. The Cougars have already recorded five shutouts and are limiting opponents to a sub-.200 batting average.

The Islanders will send a squad that features a team average of .255 to face off against Houston's solid pitching staff. Kyle Danford has led A&M – Corpus Christi thus far, as he paces the team with a .333 batting average as well as 14 RBIs. The second-highest RBI man for the Islanders is Jordan Lee with six.

Three other Islanders who have also hit above .300 heading into the game with Houston are Brandon Tierney (.324), Cody Stephens (.308) and Zack Gibson (.306).

Despite their dominance on the mound, the Cougars have had a tough time scoring runs in bunches, as they have only scored more than four runs once in their first 10 games. Houston only has one batter hitting above .300, as Casey Grayson boasts a .343 average with five RBIs.

The Cougars projected starting lineup is very unusual, as it has only two batters that hit right handed every time up. Five lefties and two switch hitters fill the other seven spots.

Up to this point the teams have faced two common opponents, both coming from the Big 12. The Cougars faced the same fate as the Islanders against both Texas and TCU, dropping each meeting. The two losses also marked the first two for Houston on the season after it started a perfect 6-0.

This will be the fifth meeting between the two squads and will break the current tie in wins, with both schools holding two. The Islanders had won the only game of the series, before the Cougars took two out of three a year ago.

Following the midweek game, the Islanders will return to the Coastal Bend for their first game at Chapman Field, hosting Valparaiso for a three-game series starting Friday.

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