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
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
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
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
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
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
Head Coach: Bragg Stockton
Assistant Coaches: Mike Gardner and Russell
Student Assistants: Joe Betters, Wade Williams,