Friday, April 6, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 127



Cougars ready to put out Blazers

By Derrick Hinton
Daily Cougar Staff

After missing out on an opportunity to prove itself against a top-ranked team, the Cougar baseball team will try to get over .500 by welcoming Conference USA rival Alabama-Birmingham for a three-game series this weekend at Cougar Field.

The Coogs, who have been below .500 since beating San Diego State on Feb. 10, should be ready to flex their muscles against a team that is struggling through conference with a 3-6 record.

Gabe Lucas is part of a quickly improving field of talented freshmen for Cougar baseball.

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The Blazers may have an overall record of 17-12, but they clearly cannot match the talent of Houston.

UH will start its freshmen triplets of Brad Sullivan (2-5), Austin Faught (2-4) and Gene Flores (3-3) on the mound. The three have been stellar the past three weekends despite their misleading records. They have notched six of their seven combined wins during that three-week span with only one loss to Sullivan.

UAB is 137th in RPI and Houston is 12-4 against teams outside the top 50. This is the first team the Cougars have played with an RPI lower than 100 (Texas A&M).

Even with the loss to No. 9 Baylor, the Cougars are still 10-2 for their last 12 games and have made a tremendous surge in recent weeks.

This weekend's games will follow the usual pattern with a Friday start at 7 p.m. and first pitch at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Grill on the Hill will take place before Saturday's game. The annual event will feature barbecue prepared on a large grill by UH women's head basketball coach Joe Curl.

UH head football coach Dana Dimel might also show up for the free event, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until the first pitch of the Cougar-UAB baseball game.

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