UH to faces C-USA rival
By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff
The No. 7 Houston baseball team will take
Cougar field at 7 p.m. today for the first match of a three-game Conference
USA series against No.
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Sophomore Hyung Cho slides
into second base. Cho has a 15-game hitting streak, a personal best and
a team best this season.
The series continues with a game Saturday,
also at 7 p.m., and will conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday. All games are home
The Cougars have been in a bit of a slump
this week after their 10-game winning streak was snapped by Alabama-Birmingham
after which they lost two to No. 4 Rice
on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Cougars' current three-game losing
streak is the longest of the season.
"It'd be real nice for the tide to turn
because we've had real tough luck at the plate the last couple of nights,"
head coach Rayner Noble said.
"Hopefully it'll change."
The Green Wave is the defending 2001 C-USA
champion, and has placed second or better in the conference the past five
seasons. Houston is
the only other team to have accomplished
Tulane has a historical edge on the Cougars,
having taken the series the last three seasons.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Brad Sullivan
will start the first game of the Tulane series. Sullivan has a 4-0 record
Sullivan has maintained an outstanding
1.26 ERA and racked up 44 strikeouts in 35 and two-thirds innings.
Senior Keith Whatley will take the hill
Saturday for the Cougars. The southpaw possesses the most wins of any C-USA
pitcher this season with
a 5-1 record. Whatley has a 3.78 ERA.
Sophomore Gene Flores will finish up the
series Sunday. Flores trails his fellow weekend warriors with a 1-2 record
and a 6.00 ERA, but should
revert back to his form of last year,
when he was outstanding.
Sophomore Hyung Cho has developed a 15-game
hitting streak that he hopes to continue this weekend. The streak is Cho's
personal best, and
a season best for the team.
Cho is the first Cougar to have a 15-game
hitting streak in two years.
Junior Jesse Crain is among Houston's leaders
in batting and fielding, and is also a fabulous pitcher.
As a pitcher, Crain has held on to a perfect
0.00 ERA; as a batter, he is hitting .333 this season with three home runs
and 14 RBIs.
Tulane junior Nick Bourgeois will be the
starting pitcher for Friday's game. Bourgeois has a 3-0 record and 2.58
ERA this year.
The Green Wave's James Jurries will lead
the team's offense with a .437 batting average, six home runs and 24 RBIs.