Seconds become minutes. Five minutes. Ten minutes. Fifteen minutes. Still the 25th ranked Houston Cougars remained huddled out in deep left field of Rice's Reckling Park. The game's long over, but it's almost like UH (23-14) is trying to hide in plain sight, seeking to escape the humiliation of Tuesday night's 11-0 loss to the 16th ranked Rice Owls (24-15).
The defeat was Astros-esque in its completeness. The Cougars got only two hits on the night while striking out 16 times (Rice starter Austin Orewiler struck out 11 Cougars in six innings). Starting pitcher Aaron Garza lasted just a third of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits. The defensive play was atrocious -- generous scoring limited UH to just two errors, though there could have been many, many more given out. This wasn't the type of game the 25th ranked in the program should play.
"We've got to play better," Cougars head coach Todd Whitting said Tuesday night. "We just have to play better baseball. You've got to keep it very simple. We just did not play very good tonight."