On deck: Houston Baptist vs. Houston _lowres

Southland Conference photo by ERIK WILLIAMS -- Houston Baptist players celebrate their win over Sam Houston State in the Southland Conference championship game last Friday in Sugar Land, Texas. The Huskies face Houston at 7 p.m. Friday in the Houston reg

Houston Baptist (28-25) vs. Houston (42-18)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Cougar Field, Houston


TV: None



STARTING PITCHERS: HBU, Jr. LH Matthew McCullough (8-2, 2.55) vs. UH, So. RH Andrew Lantrip (8-2, 2.01)

WHAT TO WATCH: The Cougars were scalding hot entering the regional round, winning 19 of their final 23 games to earn the right to host the regional. Much of that success can be attributed to its pitching staff, which held opponents to two or fewer runs in 14 of those 23 games. One thing to be wary of: Houston lost three of the five games it played against teams in its own regional, including a 6-5 loss to the Cajuns and a 2-1 loss to Houston Baptist.