And the Fear the Wave guys keep us in 1st in their conference power rankings:
1. Houston Cougars (8-4) [Last Week: 1]
Alright Coogs. You've got this one.
Houston turned a series that was minutes away from not going their way into a huge momentum swing with a furious late inning rally on Saturday night. That is impressive after your ace pitcher has his worst start of the year (pulled in just 4.2 after Tulane's bats came alive).
The pitching this weekend wasn't great, but Houston has bats, as shown today in their 12-2 mercy rule win over the Green Wave. Most impressive was MLB prospect Connor Wong, who nearly became the first Houston player ever to hit four homers (he finished with a modest three and a triple).
Houston has a lot of competitive baseball left with a trip to USF this weekend, hosting UConn after, and then a trip to Tulane (before closing with Cincy at home).
That is a tough stretch even for a good club. What I liked about Houston was how they won on Saturday, as they capitalized on inopportune Green Wave errors with small ball, bunts, and singles. Good teams find a way to win even when things aren't going well, and I think Houston represented that well on Saturday.
I still do not like their field. But good series win.