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HOUSTON — Todd Whitting now knows his Houston Cougars can weather a nasty storm.

The Cougars have had a tumultuous past couple of weeks. They dropped a tough road series to UCF two weekends ago and demoted ace lefthander Seth Romero to the bullpen immediately upon return to Houston. Then, two days later, the athletic department handed down an indefinite suspension to Romero, who has a chance to be a first-round pick this summer.

Houston was at a crossroads and not quite ready to shake things up in the midweek. With Romero out, Whitting was forced to take lefty Trey Cumbie out of his usual midweek spot. After all, he now needed Cumbie to start on the weekend.  That proved disastrous in a midweek bout against Rice, which the Cougars lost 9-0 with starting pitcher Carter Henry not making it out of the first inning.

The impressive thing about this team, though? The Cougars didn’t stay down for long, as they showed back up ready to play against East Carolina over the weekend, sweeping the scuffling Pirates and scoring 34 runs in the process.

That response showed Whitting and the rest of us on the national stage something about this team’s makeup.

“You know, we had some drama within our team a couple of weeks ago, then we had to go play a rivalry game against Rice. I’m really proud of our club rallying together and pulling this series out the way we did against an ECU team with some talent.”


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