UH sweeps UAB with two
By Derrick Hinton
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH baseball team has rallied 13-2 over
its last 15 games to pull one game over .500 at 19-18 from a 6-16 record
on March 13. By sweeping Alabama-Birmingham this weekend, the Cougars also
maintain their strong lead in Conference USA, leading South Florida and
Tulane by three games.
Houston squeaked by UAB with a 1-0 win
on Friday, dominated on Saturday to the tune of 9-0 and squeaked by again
on Sunday, 4-3. Those who witnessed this weekend's series definitely got
their money's worth as 11- and 12-inning affairs book-ended Saturday's
Sunday's game was a seesaw battle with
three lead changes and a tie, which was broken in the 11th inning by a
Freshman pitcher Austin Faught
threw his second complete game shutout in Game 2 of the Cougars three-game
series sweep of Alabama-Birmingham.
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Freshman Sam Mitchell led off the inning
with a double. After a sacrifice bunt allowed him to get to third, junior
Chris Klosterman laid down a perfect bunt, scoring Mitchell. The play gave
Houston the 4-3 win.
Saturday's game was dominated by freshman
starting pitcher Austin Faught, who threw a one-hit complete game shutout,
his second of his career. The Coogs gave Faught ample run support, crossing
the plate nine times. Sophomore Chris Snyder and freshman Hyung Cho were
the offensive stars of the game, combining to go five-for-nine with two
Friday's game was an epic pitcher's duel.
Freshman Brad Sullivan and UAB starter Joe Yarbrough both pitched eight
shutout innings, with Sullivan notching nine Ks to only one walk. The game
carried into extra innings with junior Nathan Mitchell scoring the winning
run in the 12th. Mitchell also pitched superb relief, going 3 1/3 innings
with five strikeouts.
The Blazers drop to 17-15 overall with
a 3-9 record in conference. UAB is officially in the C-USA cellar despite
great pitching. The Cougars should feel fortunate to come out of the weekend
unscathed, as they could have easily lost two of the three games.
UH will next travel to College Station
to take on Texas A&M before visiting conference rival Tulane on Friday.