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ElViento: So I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with this site, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

I’m planning to have one weekly update, with links to applicable UH-related posts from SB Nation, as well as links and commentary on any other Cougar news items of the week. Then, a top-five list that’s completely unrelated, just for giggles.  So it’ll look something like this:

This Week On SB Nation Houston (7/1)

“Just Trust Me” – Feature on Mack Rhoades’ first year at UH

Karma delivered by former Cougar Rob Johnson

Sporting News gives Keeum back-handed compliment

Around The Web

Houston Cougar volleyball announces its 2010 schedule… First-year coach Molly Alvey isn’t ducking anybody. The Coogs will play TCU, UT-Austin, Florida State, Oklahoma and Tennessee among others.

Recent Astro draftee, and former Cougar Chris Wallace is tearing the cover off the ball with Greeneville. He homered three times in his first seven games as a professional.

And at last check, Blake Kelso was hitting .333 for the Vermont Lake Monsters (yes, that’s the real team name) in the Washington Nationals system.

Unrelated Top Five – Songs About Heaven Or Hell

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven

AC/DC – Hell’s Bells

OPM – Heaven is a Halfpipe

The Clash – Straight to Hell

Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven

P.S.

I’m now actively looking for more writers to have a better variety of opinions ’round here. If you want to sound off, use the ‘Contact Us’ tab to shoot me off an e-mail. Thanks.

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SarCoog: Recently, former Cougar pitchers like Donnie Joseph and Wes Musick have made their professional debuts. But let’s not forget that there are guys on the current roster who will be back next year that are seeing summer action.

On the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, Blake Kelso is still the every day starter at 2nd base and is batting .304 (3rd on team) with 6 RBI and team-highs in walks (9) and stolen bases (8). This past week Kelso had 2 hits against Orleans (6/26) and Falmouth (6/28 game 2), while driving in 2 runs with a triple against Brewster (6/27). Jared Ray leads all Y-D starting pitchers with his 1.20 ERA in 3 appearances (3 starts) and 15.0 innings pitched (2nd on team). Most recently Ray threw 6.0 innings against Orleans (6/26) in which he gave up no earned runs (1 unearned) and struck out 5. On the season Ray has struck out 14, only walked 5 and has thrown no wild pitches (a big issue for Cougar pitchers in ’08). Michael Goodnight made his 2nd appearance last Wednesday, coming in during the 1st inning and giving Y-D 5.1 innings of 1-run ball, in which he surrendered only 2 hits but walked 4. So far Goodnight has thrown 11.1 innings total, while walking 8 and striking out 9 in that time.

kelso at capeKelso squares away for the Y-D Red Sox (courtesy of Aaron Burns)

After a brutal start playing for the Bourne Braves, Chris Wallace has put his 1 for 10 slump in the rear view mirror. In the past week Wallace has gone a combined 9 for 16 and pulled his average up to .231 for the year. He also hit his first home run of the season: a 2-run bomb against Harwich (6/28), to help put Bourne on top in a 6-3 win.  One of the other highlights from the past week was a game-tying RBI single against Cotuit (6/29) in what would end up being a 2-1 Bourne win. Hopefully ‘Wally’ has put the slump of the previous couple weeks behind him for good.

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SarCoog: I know there isn’t much to talk about at this time of the year when it comes to University of Houston sports. But we at Scott & Holman will be keeping a weekly update on the activity of the four Cougars playing in the prestigious wood-bat Cape Cod League.

blake kelsoBlake Kelso

Although his original status is that of a “temporary” player, I have little doubt that Cougar  junior shortstop Blake Kelso will be sticking around for a while with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Currently, Kelso is tied for 2nd on his team with a .345 average while leading Y-D in stolen bases (4) and walks (6). He’s seen action in all 8 games, while starting 6 at 2nd base and the remaining 2 at shortstop. Arguably his best so far was a 3-3, 2 BB and 2 RBI showing against Harwich (June 16).  On the mound, junior RHP Jared Ray has turned in two sterling peformances, including his most recent start against Wareham (June 19) where he threw 4.0 innings of shutout, 1-hit ball and didn’t issue a single walk. Ray currently has a 2.00 ERA and no record, while striking out 9 and walking 3 in 9.0 innings total (2 starts). The other Cougar hurler on the Y-D roster, sophomore RHP Michael Goodnight,threw 6.0 innings in his first appearance vs. Harwich (June 16), allowing no earned runs (3 unearned), only 3 hits and striking out 6.

On the Bourne Braves, senior catcher Chris Wallace has struggled early on and has a .100 average, with only 1 hit in his 10 at-bats so far. To Wally’s credit I’m sure it’s much more difficult to the ‘Cape adjust when you’re not only handling the duties of a catcher, but having to also hit with a wood bat. So far Wallace has seen action in 5 of Bourne’s 6 games.

One final note: look for updates on the professional debut and subsequent performance of former Cougar lefty and S&H favorite Donnie Joseph as he’s joined the Billings Mustangs (the Cincinnati Reds’ Rookie Ball affiliate). The Mustangs will begin their season tomorrow night against the Great Falls Voyagers. Go DJ!

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SarCoog: Although we (mainly Bobb-O) at S&H broke the story of University of Houston junior pitcher Jared Ray pitching in the prestigious summer Cape Cod League, it was made official on the team rosters today.

Ray, along with sophomore pitcher Michael Goodnight and junior shortstop Blake Kelso will be playing this summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis (YD) Red Sox. Currenly on the YD Roster Ray and Goodnight are classified as LOC (committed players) and Kelso is a TMP (temporary player). Although I believe the Cougars’ spark-plug shortstop has enough talent to stay with and contribute to YD. The YD Sox have won the Cape Cod League championship in 2004, 2006 and 2007 with notable recent alums such as Jason Castro (Stanford/Houston Astros) and Buster Posey (Florida State/San Francisco Giants). Here’s how these Cougars have faired in the first few games:

Kelso currently has a .333 average with 4 hits and a walk in 12 at-bats, along with 2 RBI and has played in 3 games (2 at SS, 1 at 2B). Ray has started 1 game and in 5.0 innings gave up on 2 earned runs on 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6. Goodnight has not seen any action up to this point.

bourne braves

Also, on the Bourne Braves’ roster is the Cougars’ senior catcher: Chris Wallace. I’ll be interested to see how ‘Wally’ keeps progressing after the horrific facial injury he suffered at the beginning of this past baseball season. Granted, he did play a good number of games last season, but I’d imagine his hitting and general play will improve as he recovers more from the injury. Currently he is hitting .167 with 1 hit and a walk in 6 at-bats, along with 1 run scored.

Keep reading S&H for weekly updates on how Ray, Kelso, Goodnight and Wallace are doing at the Cape!

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