Three of the Cougars’ weekend games will be shifted to Thursday nights for television purposes.
Two of the three contests are away games — Sept. 29 at UTEP and Nov. 10 at Tulane — and the other is their Oct. 27 date with rival Rice.
“These date changes provide our football program another level of exposure with television and the prestige that comes with a national television audience,” UH Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said in a release.
“Our program has seen great advances in identity outside of the Houston area thanks to 20 games which have been televised either regionally or nationally over the past two years. We are honored that our team is considered such a strong product for our television partners.”
Youth in the Texas region will get a chance to learn from head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff this summer during a series of camps across the state.
The first seven camps are for students in grades 9-12, and the second, third and fourth camps are $30. The opening mini camp will be hosted at 1:30 p.m. June 5 on campus for a fee of $35.The second will be hosted at 2 p.m. June 6 at Lobo Stadium in Longview.
The third is the North Metroplex camp at noon on June 7 at Tommy Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. The following day’s camp will be at noon at the Ben Dial Complex Eagle Stadium in DeSoto. The road trip will end June 9 in Austin.
June 10 will be a specialists camp for punters, place kickers and deep snappers, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The fee is $130.
Sumlin and his staff will return to campus to host a camp June 12. For students in grades 2-8, UH offers a youth camp from June 13-15 for $180. The final mini camp is July 30 for players in grades 10-12.
The Cougars’ Tuesday game against Stephen F. Austin (28-12, 15-6 Southland Conference) was cancelled due to severe weather that struck the Nacogdoches area.
The game, scheduled for 3 p.m., will not be made up.
UH (20-21, 7-5 Conference USA) will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. tonight against Lamar (22-19, 9-12) in Beaumont for its final non-conference game. The last time the two teams met was April 6, a day after the Cougars’ 3-2 upset over No. 5 Texas A&M. Lamar brought UH back down to earth with a 5-2 victory.
The Cougars next conference series is a three-game set against Central Florida (26-15, 6-9) in Orlando beginning Friday.
The Cougars continued their string of successes, sweeping Marshall in a weekend series that helped the Cougars extended their winning streak to six.
Pitching and a well-executed offense powered the Cougars (24-12, 8-4 Conference USA), as they allowed the Thundering Herd (13-20, 1-8 C-USA) to score only three times for the series.
The series opened Friday with a double-header. The Cougars eked out a 3-2 comeback victory.
Down 2-1, the Cougars tied the game up in the seventh inning on an Angela Splitter pinch-hit home run and picked up the victory with a walkoff shot by Jennifer Klinkert.
The Cougars won the second game of the double-header with greater ease, pulling out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and finishing off the Herd 4-0 on the strength of a shutout by Donna Bourgeois.
Bourgeois only allowed three baserunners and struck out six.
The Cougars again jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the final game of the series Sunday. Amanda Crabtree went the distance for the Cougars, allowing one earned run and fanning a dozen to improve to 13-6 as UH won 4-1.
As a team, the Cougars are the league leaders in ERA for C-USA play at 0.82. Crabtree leads C-USA with 73 strikeouts in 38 innings. Bourgeois is second in C-USA play with an ERA of 0.32.
The Cougars opened conference play getting swept by UAB, but have since won eight of their last nine. They look to extend their success at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Houston Baptist.
The women’s team dominated the sprints and beat Prarie View by eight points to claim the title at the Humble ISD High School and College meet Saturday. They team had eight first-place performances.
Grecia Bolton won the 100-meter dash in 11.43 seconds; Tai’Shea Reese was the runner-up in 11.66 seconds. Kalyn Floyd won the gold in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 24.04 seconds, and Brittany Wallace was second with a 24.68-second split. The quarter mile was claimed by Whitney Harris with a 54.80-second finish. Ciera Johnson was the runner-up in the 400, with a 55.14-second finish. Amber Sellers was third with a 56.94-second performance. Both 4×100-meter relay teams and 4×400-meter relay teams won their respective events.
The men’s team placed second behind Prarie View with 157 points. There were seven first-place performances, with dominance in the throws and jumps.
The Cougars finished 15th in the Insperity Augusta State Invitational with a final score of 904.
The Cougars finished seven shots back of fourteenth place Washington in the 17-school field.
The Cougars did improve each round, shooting a 310 to open the tournament, whittling that down to 298 and closing with a 296.
Will Dusenbury placed highest for the Cougars, tying for forty-fifth. Dusenbury shot 223, seven-over.