Wendesday, March 27, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 117



Cougars shut out the Bulldogs

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The No. 5 Houston baseball team knocked the spit out of Fresno State on Tuesday night with an 11-0 combined shutout that improved the
Cougars' record to 19-7.

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Freshman Stuart Musslewhite scored two runs and had three RBIs in Houston's 11-0 win over Fresno State.

Houston is building a new winning streak with its four consecutive victories since Friday.

The Cougars sent seven pitchers to the mound, and held the Bulldogs to only seven hits while racking up 16 hits and 11 runs of their own,
including five runs that came in the first inning on just four hits.

"I think we came out and played intense, but yet at the same time played relaxed baseball," head coach Rayner Noble said. "It's always nice
to jump out with five (runs) in the first. That really helps ease any kind of tension that there could be."

Junior Danny Zell was the starter on the mound for the Cougars, and pitched two innings with two hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Zell picked up the win, making it the first decision of his career at UH. Zell's ERA improved to 4.00.

Sophomore Austin Faught took the hill to replace Zell. Faught gave up only one hit in his two innings on the mound, and went three up and
three down in the third inning. A double play took Houston out of the inning. Faught only faced six batters, and now has a 3.93 ERA.

Freshman Ryan Wagner pitched the next inning and went three up and three down with one strikeout to improve his ERA to 4.00, and was
followed by freshman Taylor Gartz in the sixth inning. Gartz, who has a 5.40 ERA, gave up two hits to the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Brian Henderson stepped onto the mound for the seventh inning and demonstrated how much he has improved since the
beginning of the season.

The Bulldogs got their final two hits off Henderson and also loaded the bases, but that's as sweet as it got for Fresno State. Junior Brett
Cooley caught a short fly ball to take Houston out of the inning.

Juniors Bryan Harris and Jesse Crain pitched an inning apiece with Crain closing in the ninth. Harris had two strikeouts and Crain had one.
Each pitcher faced only three batters.

"Our pitchers all did a good job," Noble said.

Houston's offense was in fine fashion Tuesday. Stuart Musslewhite nearly completed the cycle: He got a single, a double and a triple to
score two runs and three RBIs, lacking only a home run.

Chris Snyder helped Musslewhite out with a home run of his own to left field, and went 1-for-2 at the plate.

The Cougars hit the road this weekend to face Conference USA foe Southern Mississippi. Houston and the Golden Eagles are both currently
5-1 in conference play.

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