Baseball team is tops
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
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
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
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
Cooley also has a personal-best nine-game
hitting streak and batted .706 last weekend to improve his batting average
Sophomore Michael Bourn continues to show
consistency in batting with a .314 batting average and leads in stolen
bases with 18 out of 24
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.