Monday, April 1, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 120


 
 









 

Cougars down the Golden Eagles 2-1

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The No. 5 Houston baseball team went 2-1 in a three-game series against Conference USA rival Southern Mississippi this
weekend.

The two teams had been tied for second in the conference behind Louisville, which was undefeated until this weekend, when South
Florida swept the Cardinals in a three-game series.


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Junior Anthony Scalise hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the winning run against Southern Mississippi in Friday's game.

The Cougars improved to 21-8 overall, and jumped to No. 1 in the conference with a 7-2 record. Southern Miss dropped to 18-10, 6-3
in the league, which puts the Golden Eagles in a five-way tie for No. 2 in the league.

Sophomore Gene Flores was the starting pitcher Sunday and went three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs.

Seniors Nathan Mitchell and Matt Hooper followed, giving up a run apiece. Junior Danny Zell took the hill for one-third of an inning to
close out the eighth, facing only one batter.

Senior Jesse Crain closed on the mound for the Cougars and pitched five innings, his longest stretch this season. Crain held on for
his second win of the weekend, improving his record to 4-0 and maintaining a perfect 0.00 ERA.

Southern Miss led off with two runs in the bottom of the first and followed with a third run in the second.

The Cougars didn't catch up until the fourth inning, when they scored three runs to tie the score, but the Golden Eagles responded
with a run of their own.

USM then extended its lead in the fifth with another run, but Houston jumped back into the lead with three runs in the eighth.

The Golden Eagles sent the game into extra innings, scoring their final run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 6-6.

Junior Brett Cooley hit a sacrifice groundout in the top of the 13th inning to drive in Crain, who then took the mound and finished off
the Golden Eagles for the 7-6 win.

Senior Keith Whatley was the starter for Saturday's game. The southpaw gave up six runs in three and two-thirds innings for the loss
and dropped to 6-2. After starting 6-0, Whatley has dropped his last two decisions.

Sophomore Austin Faught and freshman Ryan Wagner each pitched one and one-third innings. The Golden Eagles went scoreless
against the two relievers and only had one hit.

Sophomore Brian Henderson came out of the bullpen and gave up two runs in one inning, and junior Bryan Harris finished out the
game with two-thirds of an inning.

The Cougars opened the scoring in the second inning with senior Daron Bertillion hitting a two-RBI single to plate junior Brett
Cooley and sophomore Hyung Cho.

The Golden Eagles answered in the bottom of the second with one run to cut Houston's lead in half.

In the bottom of the third, Southern Miss jumped into the lead with three runs, but the Cougars fought back in the top of the fourth.

Crain singled to the infield and junior Chris Snyder batted both of them in with a powerful two-run home run to left field, tying the
game at 4.

The Golden Eagles refused to give up and responded with two runs of their own in the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, USM sealed its victory, adding two more runs to make the final score 8-4.

Sophomore superstar Brad Sullivan took the hill to begin Friday's game. Sullivan added nine strikeouts to his season total in six and
one-third innings and held the Golden Eagles to just two runs.

Sullivan has a 1.24 ERA but didn't pick up the win Friday. The game went 10 innings, with the Cougars not taking the lead until the
top of the 10th.

Faught pitched one-third of an inning to relieve Sullivan and was followed by Mitchell, who went two innings, allowing only one run.
Crain closed out the game to earn his third win of the season.

The Cougars struck first in the second inning with one run. Snyder doubled to right center field, and two batters later, Cho hit a
sacrifice fly to plate Snyder and pick up the RBI.

Southern Miss answered the Cougars with a run of their own in the bottom of the second. Golden Eagle Griff Israel hit a home run
over left-center field to tie the game before the Cougars closed out the inning.

Houston took the lead again in the top of the fifth when sophomore Gabe Lucas doubled and was driven home on a triple from junior
Anthony Scalise, which was dropped by USM's right fielder Clint Stoy.

Stoy saved face in the bottom of the sixth with a double to left-center field, plating teammate Jeff Cook to pick up an RBI.

The Cougars managed a run in the top of the 10th to take a slim lead, and Crain survived the bottom of the inning. Houston won 3-2.

Houston returns to Cougar Field at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the fourth game of the Silver Glove series against cross-town rival No. 3 Rice.

The Owls won the series after taking the first three games of the five-game series, but two victories over Rice would help the
Cougars in the national polls.
 
 
 
 
 

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