Tuesday, April 16th, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 131



UH sweeps weekly C-USA honors

Cougar Sports Services

Two of Houston Baseball's most talented players swept the Conference USA weekly awards Monday. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Brad Sullivan
was honored as Pitcher of the Week, while junior outfielder and first baseman Brett Cooley was named Hitter of the Week.

Sullivan was also selected as one of four National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.

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Junior first baseman Brett Cooley was named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week after going 12-17 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

It was the second time this season that Sullivan has earned pitching awards from both C-USA and Collegiate Baseball. The award was Cooley's first
of the regular season.

In the first game of the Cougars' series against Memphis, held Friday, Sullivan set a new school single-game record with 16 strikeouts in seven
innings. He struck out at least two batters each inning and allowed only two Memphis hits out of the infield. The Cougars won the game 15-1.

Sullivan's performance Friday eclipsed his previous best, 15 strikeouts, which he tied earlier this year against Tulane. Kyle Crowell met the record of
15 strikeouts March 31, 2000, against Alabama-Birmingham and Wayne Hill set the record back on April 1, 1968, against Pershing.

Sullivan, a Nederland native, also won his career-best sixth straight game to improve to 6-0. He lowered his ERA to 1.68, the lowest on the team and in
C-USA. Sullivan also raised his strikeout total to 91 in 64.1 innings.

The Cougars set another conference strikeout record Friday and then matched it Sunday. The pitching staff threw a combined 19 strikeouts each day,
and tallied 47 strikeouts over the weekend.

Cooley has been phenomenal as well, batting .706 (12-for-17) in four games last week. He hit five doubles and three home runs and brought in nine
RBI. He amassed a 1.529 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base percentage and was errorless in 22 total chances at first base and in right field.

Cooley went 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI in the Cougars' first game against Memphis. He earned three hits in both subsequent games Saturday
and Sunday.

Cooley, a Round Rock native, saw his batting average rise 51 points to its current .319 mark, and he continues to lead the team with 10 home runs, 12
doubles and 31 RBIs. His home run total ties for second place in C-USA.

The Cougars collectively hit better than in recent outings last weekend, raising the team batting average 10 points to .307. 

Cooley, Sullivan and the rest of UH Baseball will face cross-town rival Rice at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Reckling Park in the fifth and final game of the Silver
Glove Series.

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