Houston baseball rises to #16 in Baseball America poll

via Houston Athletics

After a weekend sweep of the Grand Canyon University Antelopes, the 13-6 Houston Cougars have improved their positioning in two polls. They now stand at #16 in the Baseball America ranking and have entered the D1Baseball.com poll at #25.

After suffering through a five game losing streak, including a winless appearance in the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic, the Cougars are now winners of nine of their last ten. Their only loss in this stretch was a close Sunday game to a ranked Alabama, whom they got two of three from.

So, needless to say, Houston seems to finally be finding their rhythm. Granted, as of late, the level of competition has been lower, these wins pad their record and will likely allow them to build confidence. And they’ll need it going forward, as they have some difficult games coming up, including the latest chapter in the hometown rivalry with Rice on Tuesday with the Silver Glove on the line and another against Texas A & M the following week.

The return of pitcher Seth Romero has been significant for the Cougars. After missing the first seven games of the season due to a disciplinary issue, his return has increased the pitching depth. He has since become the regular Saturday starter and help turn the season around. For example, in his complete game performance against Grand Canyon, he threw 13 strikeouts in what was a career best for the sophomore.

Freshman phenom Joe Davis has been a revelation all season. He is leading the team in hitting, at .408. With his consistency, ace Andrew Lantrip pitching lights out as of late, and Seth Romero’s return yielding the excellent expected results, the Cougars are poised to turn their season around and further improve their rankings as the season progresses.