Friday, April 19, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 134


 
 









 
Baseball team is tops in conference

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

After a loss to No. 3 Rice, the No. 7 Houston baseball team sets its sights on a new goal to keep its position at the top of the Conference USA
standings.

After sweeping a three-game series against Memphis last weekend, the Cougars jumped to No. 1 in C-USA. Houston is 27-11 overall, 11-4 in
league play.

Currently, the Cougars are tied for No. 1 with Texas Christian, but this weekend may change all that.

The Horned Frogs face three games against Tulane the favorite in the preseason poll. The Green Wave hasn't finished lower than No. 2 in
conference for the last five seasons.

The Cougars face Cincinnati this weekend. Friday's contest will begin at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field. Houston has built a 25-game winning streak at
home against C-USA foes.

The Bearcats are 16-19-1 overall, 4-10-1 in conference, making them No. 10 in C-USA.

The pitching lineup for the Cougars is as it was last weekend, but with one change. Sophomores Brad Sullivan and Danny Zell will start on the
mound Friday and Saturday respectively, but Sunday's starter is yet to be determined.

Sullivan, this week's C-USA Pitcher of the Week, holds a 1.68 ERA and has tallied a 6-0 record with 91 strikeouts in 64 and one-third innings of
work.

The right-hander from Nederland had 16 strikeouts in just seven innings, setting a new UH record.

Zell has really stepped up a level from the start of the season. The southpaw has a 2.01 ERA and holds a 4-0 record after winning each of his
last four starts.

Cincinnati's starters on the hill will be Justin Minges, Chad Pennington and B.J. Borsa, respectively.

Juniors Jesse Crain and Brett Cooley lead the Cougar offense. Crain leads with the highest batting average of .340. Cooley has tallied 10 home
runs and 32 RBIs to lead the team in both categories.

Cooley also has a personal-best nine-game hitting streak and batted .706 last weekend to improve his batting average to .319.

Sophomore Michael Bourn continues to show consistency in batting with a .314 batting average and leads in stolen bases with 18 out of 24
attempts.

Brad Schultz leads the Bearcat offense with a .369 batting average, and Aaron Moll leads in home runs and RBIs with nine and 45 respectively.
 
 
 
 
 

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