Huge weekend for the Coogs that should tell us a lot about this team. I’ll be satisfied if they can win 2 of 3 over the Pirates.
QUICK HITS ON EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina enters the weekend series with an 18-12 overall record and an 0-3 mark in American Athletic Conference play.
The Pirates were picked to finish atop the league standings in the American Preseason poll, but ECU was swept by UConn last weekend to begin conference play.
East Carolina has lost four straight including a 3-2 fall in 11 innings in midweek play at No. 4 North Carolina.
The Pirates are hitting .306 as a team, led by Dusty Baker with a .375 average. He is followed by Eric Tyler’s .352 clip and team-leading 43 hits.
ECU is 33-of-47 on the base paths and is fielding .968 with 38 errors.
The pitching staff owns a 3.86 ERA and has struck out 259 and walked 111 in 270.0 innings of work.
Friday starter RHP Chris Holba is 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA, fanning 42 and walking just six in 37.0 innings.
Saturday starter RHP Trey Benton follows with a 3-0 record and a 2.09 ERA in seven starts, striking out 47 and walking 11 in 38.2 innings.
ECU is undecided about Sunday’s starter, but the Cougars could see LHP Jake Agnos, who is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in seven appearances and four starts.
SERIES HISTORY VS. EAST CAROLINA
Houston and East Carolina have met 51 previous times, dating back to 2002.
The Pirates own the all-time series, 26-24-1. Houston is 9-10 at home vs. ECU.
Houston dropped the 2016 series, 2-1, at ECU last season.
Last Meeting | April 3, 2016 | Houston 6, East Carolina 1