Monday, March 25, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 115



Cougar Baseball sweeps Tulane in weekend series

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The No. 7 Houston baseball team made waves this weekend with a three-game sweep of Tulane on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Sophomore Sam Mitchell slides into home during Sunday's win over Tulane.

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Sophomore Sam Mitchell slides into home during Sunday's win over Tulane.

Houston advanced to 18-7 overall, 5-1 in Conference USA, and Tulane dropped to 13-12 overall and just 1-5 in league play.

The Cougars allowed only four runs by the opposition, outmatching the Green Wave. UH won all three games by eight runs or more.

The Cougar offense dominated the weekend, out-hitting the Green Wave 37 to 19 over the weekend, and outscoring the team 30-4.

"We came out swinging the bat," junior first baseman Brett Cooley said. "We were seeing a lot of good pitches to hit, and we were being patient,
and we were driving the ball all over the field."

Sophomore Gene Flores took the hill on Sunday and picked up the win to improve his record to 2-2. In seven innings, Flores had eight strikeouts
and allowed only three runs.

Sophomore Austin Faught entered the game for an inning of relief before senior Matt Hooper came in to close out the game.

Tulane took an early lead in Sunday's game when shortstop James Jurries drove in a run in the first inning.

The Cougars responded with two runs in the second inning, and Tulane trailed the rest of the game.

Houston continued with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth that weren't answered until the top of the sixth, when Jurries pounded a
two-run homer to narrow the gap.

Jurries' home run was the last time Tulane would score. The Cougars came back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, one in the seventh
and two in the eighth, making the final score 11-3.

Cooley contributed two runs to Sunday's game, once after he led off the inning with a triple to right field and later when he and junior Chris
Snyder hit back-to-back doubles.

Senior Keith Whatley was the starter on the mound in Saturday's game. The southpaw had a 1.29 ERA in the game to improve his overall ERA to
3.35. Whatley pitched seven innings for the win, improving his record to 6-1.

Senior Nathan Mitchell came in for relief, and junior Jesse Crain closed the game. Crain allowed no hits in 12 pitches and faced just three
batters ending the game. Crain has a 0.00 ERA this season.

Crain, Cooley and Snyder each had two runs apiece to lead the Cougars to an 11-1 victory on Saturday.

Friday's game belonged to sophomore pitcher Brad Sullivan, who pitched a nine-inning shutout with 15 strikeouts to improve his ERA to 1.01.
Sullivan allowed only four hits in his nine innings on the mound Friday.

Cooley now leads the Cougars with five home runs. Friday, Cooley hit a three-run home run to help the Cougars take an 8-0 win over Tulane.
Cooley added a two-run home run Saturday to help the Cougar cause.

"We had great pitching this weekend from everybody. The bullpen was strong, the starters were strong, and that relaxes the hitters," Cooley said.

The Cougars will face Fresno State at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cougar Field before hitting the road for their next C-USA match-up against Southern
Mississippi this weekend.

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