Houston sports fans have grown so used to frustration, we'll take any bit of good news that comes along, even if it's from a relatively unusual source. College baseball may be second-string in a city with four professional franchises, but in his fourth season at the helm this year, UH men's baseball coach Todd Whitting fielded a winner. The fightin' Coogs barreled to a record of 48-18 — tying the school record for most wins in a season — to reach a national ranking as high as No. 12, and won the inaugural All-American Athletic Conference tournament championship. Then the Coogs upset No. 9 LSU in the NCAA's Baton Rouge regional before being denied a trip to the College World Series by perennial powerhouse Texas in the Austin super-regional. A UH alumnus himself (class of '95), Whitting also had five of his players selected in this year's MLB draft, and looks set to have his squad bringing home plenty more pennants in seasons to come.