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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 11, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19253.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19253

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Title Houstonian 1988
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Transcript Where'd the Old Team Go? run deficit to pull even with the Red Raiders before losing 10-9. More costly than the loss to Houston was an elbow injury suffered by ace reliever Mike Pu- lido. Pulido, the team's only consistent stopper, would have to undergo surgery and was lost for the season. After losing two of three at Lubbock, the Cougars returned home to lick their wounds and prepare for an important three game series against the Arkansas Razorbacks, one of the pre-season conference favorites and a 1987 College World Series participant. After splitting the first two games of the series, the teams battled through a tight struggle in the second game of a Saturday double- header. Arkansas tied the score at 5 on a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, just before the game was called due to darkness. The two teams returned to the field on Easter Sunday to settle the issue. UH pitcher Bobby Stone came through with a hit to lead off the bottom of the tenth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by utility infielder Mark Hooker, who was celebrating his 20th birthday. The 6-5 victory was one of the highlights of the year and propelled the Cougars back into the race for an SWC Tournament berth. But the wheels quickly came off for Stockton's crew. UH lost its next four league games, including a three-game sweep by last- place TCU and a 20-6 home embarrassment against Baylor, the weakest offensive team in the conference. Stockton continually juggled the lineup in search of the right combination. UH used 57 different batting orders and 48 different defensive alignments in 58 games. The offense produced well enough, setting a new school record with a .314 batting average and hitting 68 home runs (third highest in the conference). Hinojosa led the league with a .412 batting average and led the team in hits (73), runs scored (47), doubles (19) and total bases (113). But the pitching was consistently in consistent. Senior Woody Williams sparkled early in the year and came within two outs of throwing a no-hitter against Baylor, but eventually Williams wore collapsed under the weight of trying to carry an entire staff. It was not uncommon to see Williams pitch in two or even all three games of a three-game series. As Stockton put it after using Williams in both games of a doublehead- er, "If Woody can't do it, I doubt we'll get it done." In his spare time, Williams was the team's number one shortstop, played third base and hit .311. The other starters — Brett Simpson, Scott Johnson, Bobby Stone and Eric Rasberry — each turned in fine performances but were plagued by inconsistency. On the all too frequent occasions when the starters faltered early in a game, the bullpen provided little relief. UH pitchers recorded only two saves in 58 games. By the time SWC champion Texas came to town for the series that UH players and fans had pointed to all year, the spirit and hopes of the Cougars had all but died. After two one-sided losses to the Longhorns, UH did manage a 6-6 tie in a game suspended by darkness. But, as Stockton said, "the tie felt just like another loss." Conference runner-up Texas A&M finished off the Cougars with a three-game sweep in College Station the following weekend. UH finished the year at 33-22-3, the eighth consecutive year the Cougars have won at least 30 games, but only 6- 14-1 against SWC competition. Unlike many of its SWC rivals, the team failed to draw well at home, a fact that was not lost on the players and coaches. While the team's offensive outbursts placed it among the top five in UH history in several offensive categories the 1988 Houston Cougars proved once again that strong pitching is the most important element for a championship baseball team. — Scott Butterworth 150 University of Houston Sports 151