The Houston Cougars closed out their 2014 baseball season by advancing to the NCAA Super Regional, but were unable to continue the momentum that carried them throughout the season, as they dropped two games to the Texas Longhorns on June 5-6, 2014 at Disch-Falk Field in Austin.
The Cougars came into the Super Regional as the number 15 team in the country, according to Baseball America, and faced the number 21 Texas Longhorns.
The former Southwest Conference rivals had played one time previously in 2014, on March 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, as part of the Houston College Classic Tournament.
The Longhorns came out victorious in that game by the score of 3-2.
In Friday’s game, the Cougars fell behind early in the game, trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Houston scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, but is was not enough to overcome the Longhorns’ lead and dropped game one of the Super Regional by the score of 4-2.
Coming back for game two in the best of three series, Texas put four runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Cougars were unable to respond.
Texas took the game by the score of 4-0; punching their ticket to the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Houston finished their season with a 48-18 record, tying their record for most wins in program which their established in 2000 and repeated in 2002.
When the 2015 season rolls around next February, the Cougars will be without the help of nine senior who finished their college careers in Austin.
Landon Appling, Chase Wellbrock, Tyler Ford, Caleb Barker, Casey Grayson, Frankie Ratcliff, Jacob Lueneburg, Daniel Smith and Aaron Stewart will depart the Cougars for the next step in the baseball careers.
Houston head coach Todd Whitting shared his thoughts with the media in the post-game press conference and via released statement to the press:
“Well I’m extremely proud of my players, my senior class, especially these two guys right here (Landon Appling and Chase Wellbrock). They’re the only two that have been with me all four years since I came back home to the University of Houston. It’s a great day for us and also a sad day for us. We were so close to going to the ultimate goal, which is playing in Omaha.”
The Cougars finished the season by winning the American Athletic Conference Tournament and the NCAA Regional by coming from behind to defeat LSU in two must-win games.