Friday, March 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 14


UH to faces C-USA rival Tulane

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.
35 Tulane.

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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 games.

The Cougars have been in a bit of a slump this week after their 10-game winning streak was snapped by Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday,
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 that feat.

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 this year.

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.

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