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Houstonian 1995
The Playing Fields
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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1995 - The Playing Fields. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5572.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1995 - The Playing Fields. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5572

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Transcript The Houston Cougars baseball team started the 1995 season with a new coach, new players and a beautiful new field Unfortunately, nothing was new about the performance of the team as the Cougars posted a rather unremarkable 26-29 record. Yet, despite the losing season, the 1995 team established a foundation to build a future outstanding baseball program. Head Coach Rayner Noble, a former Cougar All-American, took a new team on the field as only 16 players returned from the previous year. The head coach immediately changed the attitudes of his players, as a different competitve desire was instilled in the players. The team was anchored by the corners on the diamond as firstbaseman Carlos Perez and thirdbaseman Tom Maleski turned in outstanding season perfromances. Perez managed a .305 average for the year and tied Maleski for the team high in homeruns with six. He also contributed on defense with a staggering .982 fielding percentage, commiting only eight errors on the season. Maleski was the charasmatic leader on the team and constantly provided the motivation to help carry his teammates through the long up and down season. A strong .327 average and 17 doubles marked Maleski's year while starting in every game except one at third. Among the newcomers, Stephen F. Austin transfer Jason Farrow seemed to do it all this year. Farrow found himself playing rightfield, pitching, and pulling most of the offensive duty of being the team's designated hitter. Farrow led the team in batting average (.330), saves (7) wins (4) and runs batted in with 37. Secondbaseman Ray Trevino and Shortstop Jason Smiga also contributed heavily as Smiga had 14 doubles and a big .358 slugging percentage despite his small 5'8" frame. Commiting only three errors on the season kept Trevino in the lineup most of the season as his defense was too valuable for Coach Noble to replace him with a better offensive player. Injuries definetly took their toll on the team in 1995 as pitcher Bo Hernandez was sidelined most of the season, as was starting centerfielder Geoffrey Tomlinson who played in 30 games before stepping out midseason with a leg injury. The highlight of the year was the opening of the new Cougar Field built largely on the grant from John and Rebecca Moores who donated 32 million dollars to UH athletics. The beautiful new stadium showcased the young Cougars and contributed to a heavy recrutiting effort to bring the best to UH. The night the Cougars opened the new field, the team provided the best win of the season as pinchhitter Dustin Carr hit an extra innings homerun to beat Lamar 5-4 before a capacity crowd. The team also beat No. 1 ranked Louisiana State in Baton Rouge last February when few people gave the Cougars much of a chance to win. Coach Noble added a major league assistant coach this year when former Cougar and Cy Young winner Doug Drabek helped the pitching staff while the baseball strike kept him from playing for the Houston Astros. The 1995 Cougars baseball season will be remembered as a rebuilding year. A new coach, new players, new uniforms, a new field all marked a transition to the current era of baseball for UH. Coach Noble fielded a 1995 team that had more losses than victories, but his team never lost their competitve spirit and paved the way for a winning attitude for years to come. -Richard C. Kroger Houstonian 1995 120