Monday, April 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 128



UH sweeps UAB with two shutouts

By Derrick Hinton
Daily Cougar Staff

It's official.

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 game.

Sunday's game was a seesaw battle with three lead changes and a tie, which was broken in the 11th inning by a squeeze play.

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 RBI each.

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.

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