Need to Know: Baseball vs. UCF
HOUSTON– University of Houston Baseball hosts UCF in its final series of home American Athletic Conferences with a hectic weekend scheduled for Sanders Field at Schroeder Park.
Friday’s opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s intermediate match is at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday’s final is at noon. Houston will recognize its 2002 NCAA Super Regional team in Saturday’s contest before honoring its senior class on Sunday.
Fans attending this weekend’s Houston Baseball Series against UCF should expect additional traffic congestion around Sanders Field at Schroeder Park due to opening ceremonies on the University of Houston for all three days.
Cougar Baseball attendees are encouraged to arrive early and consider alternate routes to help reduce delays getting to the game.
Parking lots 16D and 16B will be available for fans attending baseball games this weekend with parking available at no cost due to pitching ceremonies.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Sunday’s Senior Day celebration at 11:45 a.m. as Houston Baseball honors senior first baseman Ryan Hernandezgraduate receiver Santiago Garcia and Senior Data Analysis Coordinator Tanner Green.
Hernandez, who played in 112 games (108 starts) for the Cougars, enters the weekend with a career average of .292 alongside 24 home runs and 93 RBIs. Garcia, a two-time former All-SWAC winner and transferee from Alabama State, had two hits in his last five appearances, including a hit Tuesday against Sam Houston.
Green, a two-year winner with the Cougars, wears many hats for the program, including operating the TrackMan software while meeting an assortment of needs in practice and before the game.
On Saturday, Houston will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 2002 NCAA super regional team. The 2002 Cougars tied a program record with 48 wins. The club won the NCAA Mesa Regional and were crowned Conference USA regular season champions at 22-7.
NOW PITCH: KELVIN SAMPSON
Houston Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kelvin Samson will throw the first pitch for Friday’s series opener against the Knights. The CBS Sports National Coach of the Year led the 15th-ranked Cougars to a 32-6 overall record and a 15-3 record in American Athletic Conference games. Houston qualified for the NCAA Elite Eight for the second consecutive season, making the Cougars the only of the two teams to accomplish this feat.
- Houston Cougars T-Shirt Script (First 75 Students)
- “713 Night” – $7 Box Office Tickets and $7.13 Tex-Mex Nachos
- Houston Baseball Lanyards (first 100 entrants)
- Greek Night – Little Woodrow’s $200 fraternity/sorority gift card with most members in attendance
- Coogs win, you win – A win in Houston on Saturday means fans in attendance walk away with a buy, get a free combo deal courtesy of Raising Cane’s.
- Come out on Sunday for Children’s Day and Family Day at the ballpark. Children (12 and under) get in free with their junior jersey and can run for the bases after the game.
TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for a Houston Baseball game from Sanders Field to Schroeder Park are on sale. The Cougars will host four more games, including three games against conference rival UCF (May 13-15). To buy tickets, Click here.
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