Monday, April 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 135



Cougars take two of three from Bearcats

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

After splitting the first two games of the weekend's three-game series against Conference USA foe Cincinnati, No. 7 Houston roared back on
Sunday to defeat the Bearcats, 10-1. 

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Sophomore pitcher Brad Sullivan recorded 12 strikeouts in eight innings Friday to get the win against Cincinnati.

The Cougars advanced to 29-12 overall, 13-5 in C-USA, while the Bearcats fell to 17-21-1 overall and only 5-12-1 in conference. 

With the series win, Houston will stay on top of the league tied with Louisville, which made a three-game sweep of Charlotte over the weekend.

Texas Christian had been tied with UH for No. 1, but after Tulane beat TCU three times, the Horned Frogs plunged to No. 4.

UH sophomore Austin Faught replaced sophomore Gene Flores as the Sunday starter. Faught, a southpaw who showed a lot of promise last
season but has slowly been working his way back into the game after a shoulder injury, went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits.

Faught tallied 10 strikeouts and got his first win, improving his record to 1-2 and lowering his ERA to 3.96.

Flores toed the rubber after Faught and faced only six batters in two innings, going three up and three down in both innings to finish the game.

Flores threw one strikeout and allowed no hits, runs or walks.

Houston led off with a run in the first to take a small lead over the Bearcats.

Sophomores Hyung Cho and Michael Bourn both had RBI singles, and Bearcat pitcher Matt Lasita helped with a run-scoring balk.

Freshman Stuart Musslewhite added a run with a sacrifice fly from senior Keith Whatley, and junior Chris Snyder pounded a two-run home run
over left field. 

The Cougars added six runs in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Houston added three more runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings, including a
second home run by Snyder, making the final score 10-1.

Saturday's game turned into a test of stamina, and Cincinnati outlasted the Cougars through 12 innings to win 11-10. 

Sophomore Danny Zell started on the mound, but only made it two and two-third innings. Zell gave up three runs on four hits with his ERA
ending at 2.52 before freshman Ryan Wagner replaced him. Wagner tallied six strikeouts, but allowed five runs on six hits.

Sophomore Brian Henderson, junior Jesse Crain and seniors Nathan Mitchell and Matt Hooper all toed the rubber Saturday night, with Hooper
recording his first loss of the season.

After Cincinnati had taken an early lead with one run, Houston answered with two runs, but the Bearcats refused to give up.

The Bearcats had a 6-2 advantage going into the fifth, but the Cougars turned it around and led 9-8 in the eighth. Crain couldn't keep an inherited
runner from scoring, and in the top of the 12th, the Bearcats took an 11-10 lead and held on for the win.

Sunday, sophomore starting pitcher Brad Sullivan improved to 7-0 with a 1.62 ERA, and tallied 12 strikeouts in eight innings, while the Cougar
offense worked its magic.

Houston took an 8-0 lead after the second, and added two runs in the sixth. Sullivan and Flores each gave up a run, making the final score 10-2.

The Cougars face Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cougar Field.

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