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Houstonian 1988 - Sports. 1988. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 27, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19252.

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(1988). Houstonian 1988 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19252

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Houstonian 1988 - Sports, 1988, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed August 27, 2015, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19252.

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Title Houstonian 1988
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Date 1988
Description This edition of the Houstonian, published in 1988, is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • College yearbooks
  • University of Houston
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  • school yearbooks
Language English
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Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b1158762~S11
Digital Collection Houstonian Yearbook Collection
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Who Are These Guys When Head Baseball Coach Bragg Stockton gathered his troops for the first practice last fall, he must have wondered to himself, "Who are these guys. I've never seen most of them before. What happened to all those guys from last year?" In Stockton's first year at the helm, he guided the Cougars to a 40-24 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament's final 16. The team finished the 1987 season just two wins shy of a trip to Omaha for the College World Series. But as a new season dawned, gone were nine key regulars from that team, including career leader Larry Coker and record-setting pitcher Jody Supak, both of whom signed professional contracts. The entire starting outfield was missing as well. In their place were 22 newcomers, an outrageously high number even by collegiate standards, including 11 junior college players. It was going to be a year to test a coach's mettle. Returning to help Stockton mold the assortment of new and old players into a team was former Head Coach Rolan Walton, the man Stockton had replaced after the 1986 season. Also joining the team as assistant coaches were former UH Ail-American Rayner Noble and two players from the previous year's squad: Brian Huddleston and Mitch Gaspard. After opening the season by losing one game and tying another against Texas Lutheran in a doubleheader, the Cougars went 12-0-1 over their next 13 games. Big Eight foe Missouri provided the Cougars with their toughest test of the pre-conference season when the Tigers visited Cougar Field for two games on March 13 and 14. The Cougars won the first game 9-2, highlighted by catcher Fred Hinojosa's two home runs in consecutive plate appearances. In the two games, Hinojosa went six-for-eight with two doubles and six runs batted in. But even Hinojosa's efforts weren't enough to keep the Tigers from salvaging a series split by taking the second game 12- 11. UH had rallied from a seven run deficit but left the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning. The setback was only temporary as the Cougars rebounded to win its next eight games. The longest day of the season came on March 18. While much of the student body was away at the beach on spring break, the Cougars played nine hours and 25 innings to come away with three wins. The day began at 9 a.m. with the completion of a game that had been suspended by rain the previous day. Dartmouth was defeated 5-2 before winning the regularly scheduled game against the Big Green 13-2. Not able to get enough of a good thing, the Coogs returned to the diamond to battle Cal Poly/Pomona. Hinojosa's leadoff home run in the 14th inning won that one 5-4. None of the fans (and you could count them on your fingers, both hands) at Cougar Field that day could say they hadn't gotten their money's worth (all $3 of it). Heading into Southwest Conference play UH was 24-5-2 and ranked 23rd in the nation by Collegiate Baseball/ESPN. It would be their highest ranking of the season as high hopes to contend for the league crown were quickly dashed. Houston opened its conference season in Lubbock against the Texas Tech Red Raiders as more than 1000 fans turned out for the first night SWC game ever at Tech. While UH rallied from a five continued Head Baseball Coach Bragg Stockton passes signals to his Cougar players. Stockton finished the season with a 40-24 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament's final 16. Photo by Michael Williams. Senior Omar Brewer, outfielder, dives for the plate. Photo by John Schmalz. Mark Cerny about to unload on a fastball. Photo by John Schmalz. 148 University of Houston Sports 149