Fall Report: Houston

Fall Report

Houston has been looking forward to the 2020 campaign since not having its name called on Selection Monday this past season.

The Cougars pride themselves on being a postseason mainstay. And despite having a 32-24 overall record and .500 mark in American play, admittedly less success than usual in conference play, UH still thought it had a fighting chance to make the tournament field.

That was until the names crawled across the screen one by one and there was no Houston to be found. Whitting was angry, crushed and had a multitude of other emotions. His players followed suit.

Much time has passed since that disappointment, and there’s no doubt the Cougars have some key holes to fill with the departures of stars Jared Triolo and Joe Davis, among others. But the nucleus is certainly there, especially from a pitching standpoint, to get back to business and do some special things in 2020.

The fall has gone as planned for Whitting and Co.

“I think the fact we have a lot of energy, and new energy at that, has stood out to me this fall,” Whitting said. “From the coaching staff to the players, it’s been kind of refreshing to see everything unfold. It’s a true spring training for us as our players kind of learn the nuts and bolts of our culture.

“With our program, there’s always the next man up mentality,” he continued. “I look at losing Jared Triolo and Joe Davis and think back to when people thought we were in trouble when we lost Corey Julks and Connor Wong, among others. We’ve got a few guys on this team and in lineup this year who can definitely take the place of some of our bigger departures.”

What’s the inside scoop on the Cougars this fall?

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