“A lot of optimism around this program right now,” Whitting said. “The expectation level is really high and that’s why I’m at the University of Houston and why these players come to the University of Houston. This is definitely not a good day for our program, but it’s not the end.”
This marks the first time since 1994 that the city’s two top Division I baseball programs, UH and Rice, will miss the NCAA Tournament in the same year. The Owls had a 23-year run end in 2017.