Published 11:31 am, Thursday, May 31, 2018
As the University of Houston prepares to open baseball postseason play, Aaron Fletcher has extra motivation.
Fletcher, the Cougars’ top pitcher this season, is coming off his worst outing of the year in the American Athletic Conference tournament. The lefthander allowed six runs and eight hits in 1 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season, in a loss to Tulane in the tournament opener.
Fletcher, the AAC’s pitcher of the year, will enter this weekend’s Chapel Hill Regional on 10- or 11-days’ rest depending on when he pitches either Friday against Purdue or Saturday against North Carolina or North Carolina A&T.
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“When you deal with competitive people failure tends to motivate them, and that’s Fletcher,” UH coach Todd Whitting said. “He’s a very competitive kid. He’s not going to feel sorry for himself. He’s been working extremely hard this week, not that he hasn’t all year. He’s not happy with his last outing. I fully expect him to be really, really good when he pitches this weekend.”