UH sweeps weekly C-USA
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
Sullivan was also selected as one of four
National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar
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,
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
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
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