Memphis will enter conference play with an 8-13 overall record and is coming off a 14-0 midweek win over Mississippi Valley, but dropped its last series, 2-1, to North Florida on the road last weekend.
The Tigers were selected to finish seventh in the 2018 Preseason poll after earning 30 wins in 2017.
As a team, Memphis is hitting .253 with 11 home runs, 35 doubles and 88 RBI.
Leading the way offensively is Tyler Webb with a .354 average, 28 hits and 14 runs.
Kyle Ouellette leads the Tigers with 17 RBI and is second in average with a .333 clip.
The pitching staff owns a 3.89 ERA with 196 strikeouts and 76 walks through 183.0 innings.
RHP Riley Cabral will start Friday and is 3-2 with a 3.62 ERA. He has fanned 24 in 27.1 innings through six appearances and five starts.
RHP Jonathan Bowlan will start Saturday with a 3.12 ERA and an 0-3 record in five starts. He paces the staff with 36 strikeouts in 26.0 innings.
RHP Alex Hicks will make the start on Sunday with a 2-3 record and a 5.68 ERA in five starts. He has fanned 21 in 25.1 innings.
SERIES HISTORY vs. MEMPHIS
Houston and Memphis have met 68 previous times, dating back to 1997.
The Cougars own the all-time series, 48-20.
Houston has won the last two meetings and five of the last six.
The Cougars won the 2017 series at Memphis, 2-1.
Last Meeting | American Championship on May 23, 2017 | Houston 6, Memphis 5