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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1994 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 12, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20605/show/20568.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1994 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20605/show/20568

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Transcript ICoogs Focus On Pitching Strength |Beech looks to senior season with high hopes a lot of experience, helped me be able to come and pitch Division I." He said there were many reasons why he chose to transfer to Houston. Coming from San Antonio, it was fairly close to home. Stockton played an important part of that decision as well. The Cougar philosophy does not include a specified pitching coach on the team. Instead, Stockton supervises the pitchers himself. Beech found this a plus. "He is the pitching coach, so you know you're not going to come in here and just be overlooked by some pitching coach who doesn't like your stuff," Beech said. So for the last three seasons he has prepared. Now he is ready. Ready to prove to the world that not only can he compete in Division I-A, but that he can win and pitch consistently. Stockton says that Beech can pitch in the big leagues if he can learn control and become a "student of pitching." He pitched the season opener against Texas Lutheran with a four- inning effort in which he struckout three, walked two, and gave up only one hit. Stockton said that one more year of college ball will help Beech's chances of making it all the way to the pros. He is glad to have his starter back for his senior year. But Stockton added that there is only one thought for Matt to remember when he wants to throw a fastball instead of an off-speed pitch. "Less is more "-Daniel Scholl The University of Houston baseball team has its own version of the Wild Thing. Only this year the hopes to be known as the Control | Thing. Last season (1993) Matt Beech earned a 4-5 record, a 5.23 ERA, and led the team in strikeouts with 73. He also racked up 67 walks in 75.2 innings. The left-handed pitcher comes into this season as the ace of the staff. He worked on his control during the offseason with head coach Bragg Stockton. When looking at his mechanics, he and Stockton decided to work on keeping the delivery consistent and trying to keep his pitches around the knees. Now Beech feels ready for his senior year, a year that might not have happened. Last year he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round of the amateur draft. Instead of taking the money, Beech decided to finish school. "I'd like to get a degree from the Unversity of Houston, and I feel that I can do as well or better in the draft than I did last year." As the anchor of the Cougar pitching staff, Beech said he feels that they need to redeem themselves from last season's performance. Last year the staff was hurt by injury when they lost their top two starters, Wade Williams and Jeff Wright. "We've got a lot to prove this year, especially as a pitching staff. We didn't have a good showing last year at all," Beech said. Last year was a spotty season for Beech. Against Rice he walked 12, struck out 12, and hit five. This outing typified his season. Catcher Mike Hatch has caught Beech for two years now and has seen drastic improvement. Hatch said the biggest change has been the addition of a change-up. Last season Beech stuck to the fastball. "He's got a great change- up. He's staying with himself. He's focused now. I think he's going to have one of the best years of his life." Beech came to Houston from Navarro Junior College and said the experience there helped prepare him for the move up. "In high school I was young and wild, wilder than I am now," Beech said. "Two years of Navarro Junior College, working there (and) getting Everyone has to check their swing every once in a while, even Shane Buteaux. Oddly enough Houston's power-hitting pitcher didn't start off on the mound. He has spent most of his baseball career roaming through the outfield, but after a season like this one you can bet those days are over. Photo by Mark Sterkel You have to know when to hold 'em. Stefan Breeding comes to UH as a Second'Team All-Conference player from San Jac. While playing there he collected three homers, 17 doubles, and hit .350. Although he didn't see much playing time he did manage to steal seven bases and get 16 hits which drove in six runs. Photo by Christobal Perez 316 68) Maybe they won't notice the ball didn't leave the infield. J.J. Matzke struggled to keep his stats at last season level, but even though he wasn't giving an All-Star performance he was an assest at third base. Photo by Christobal Perez Try to hit this one. Brian Hamilton ended his Cougar baseball career with a 3-2 record and a 5 19 ERA. Cougar Field may have been considered a hitters park, but Hamilton allowed only one homer to be hit off of him all season. Photo by Mark Sterkel \ 1993-1994 Coog Competitors Returning Players Matt Beech, Brian Boyles, Shane Buteaux, Dustin Carr, Pat Cauley, Ricky Freeman, Mark Giesecke, Brian Hamilton, Mike Hatch, Chad Holland, J.J. Matzke, Michael Murphy, Carlos Perez, Chris Scott, Billy Waid Newcomers Chris Aguilar, Mark Barham, Kevin Boyd, Stefen Breeding, Chans Chapman, Jason Dixon, Brad Dornak, Ryan Elizondo, Chris Haggard, David Hamilton, Bo Hernandez, Ramy Ibrahim, Tom Maleski, Jeremy McClauhry, Anthony Mohler Daryl Renfrow, Kyle Rigsby, Jeff Schneider, Josh Stewart, Brad Towns, Rey Trevino, Ryan Walter, Tod Whitting, Nathan Wied, Mark Wingo Coaches Head Coach: Bragg Stockton Assistant Coaches: Mike Gardner and Russell Stockton Student Assistants: Joe Betters, Wade Williams, Jeff Wright Baseball Sports 6D3'7