Pirates Among C-USA Players To Visit Houston Hospital

HOUSTON, Texas - Conference USA baseball players spent part of Tuesday afternoon at Texas Children's Hospital as part of C-USA's continued efforts to become the best Division I-A collegiate conference in athletics, academics and in the community.

Fifteen student-athletes participated in the event that included playing games and talking to the kids. It was a nice way to wrap up a practice day before the 2010 Conference USA Baseball Championship got underway on Wednesday, May 26.

Players from tournament host University of Houston, along with three players each from East Carolina, Marshall, Memphis and Southern Miss put smiles on the children's faces, while getting a few smiles of their own in return. The student-athletes distributed t-shirts, water bottles and other gifts as they visited with patients.

East Carolina junior Seth Maness, the 2010 C-USA Pitcher of the Year, made the visit along with fellow All-Conference USA first-team selections in teammate Kyle Roller, Marshall catcher Victor Gomez and Southern Miss pitchers Todd McInnis and Collin Cargill. Pirate outfielder Austin Homan was joined by the Houston trio of Dakota Dill, Taylor White and Mo Wiley; Marshall's Ryan Kiel and Chris Norton; Ryan Holland, Jonathan Jones and Dane Sharp of Memphis; and Southern Miss senior pictcher Cody Schlagel.

Texas Children's Hospital is an internationally recognized full-care pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. One of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States, Texas Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing the finest possible pediatric patient care, education and research.

Texas Children's is ranked among the Top 10 children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthrough developments in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, asthma, HIV, premature babies, and cardiogenic and attention-related disorders.

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