Their road trip to Storrs, Connecticut, to take on the UConn Huskies, had the Houston Cougars struggling mightily. Against their conference mates, the Cougars lost all three games. The weekend sweep dropped them to 20-15, and 3-6 in conference.
While the 2016 season has been fairly up-and-down for Todd Whitting’s team, last weekend’s showing may be a new low. While UConn does have some good pitching, the Cougars likely expected to at least get a series victory over the inferior team. But their bats never really got going, and they scored a mere 5 runs through the three games, while the Huskies put up 16.
Friday’s game was their best chance for a win. But a 3-2 loss ended a day in which Andrew Lantrip pitched fairly well, but could not be helped by the Cougar offense.
Saturday’s game wasn’t even as close. Seth Romero allowed four runs in an uncharacteristic outing. The Houston offense, however, didn’t do much to help him. So another loss was put on the books.
In Sunday’s loss the wheels really fell off. A 9-1 result occurred against a team that was ready to return to Houston and regroup. Breakout freshman pitcher, Mitch Ullom, looked more human than usual pitching under difficult circumstances. He allowed 6 runs and was followed by three others on the mound. The Cougar offense could only muster one run, and it came in the 8th inning, when the result was all but assured.
While this weekend sweep is unfortunate, it only makes the margin of error for the rest of the season ever more smaller. This team can still achieve something this season, but they must put this weekend behind them and consistent baseball for the remainder of the season. Something they haven’t been able to do thus far.