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Volume 68, Issue 102, Monday, February 24, 2003


UH splits vs. LSU, Sully falls to 0-3

By Stuart H. Clements
The Daily Cougar

Itis a far cry from the 13-1 record and 157 strikeout 2002 season for Brad Sullivan. Just eight days removed from giving up five runs in a blowout loss to Baylor at the Astros College Classic, the junior took the mound again Sunday for the finale of UHis rain-shortened series against Louisiana State. This time out he scattered four runs over five and two-third innings in a 5-2 loss in Baton Rouge, La.

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Junior pitcher Brad Sullivan is winless in 2003 after giving up four runs in the Cougarsi 5-2 loss to Louisiana State on Sunday.

Sullivan is winless in three outings and has a 4.19 ERA. Itis the first time since the 2001 season the pitcher has lost three consecutive decisions. The Cougars, ranked as high as No. 7 in the preseason and No. 20 going into the LSU series, are 3-6.

The Tigers were working on a shutout until the top of the eighth, when the Cougars made an effort to come back, but LSUis 5-0 advantage proved too much.

Junior Gabe Lucas added a run in the top of the eighth, and junior Hyung Cho drove in another run for the RBI, making the final score 5-2.

While Sullivan has slipped this season, junior left-hander Danny Zell has suddenly become the Cougarsi most reliable starter. Zell improved to 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA after leading the Cougars to a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. He allowed just one earned run and struck out three batters in six innings.

Sophomore reliever Ryan Wagner came into the game in the seventh inning and struck out seven of the 10 hitters he faced, earning the save. Wagner has a 3.97 ERA and leads the team with 23 strikeouts.

The Cougars picked up four runs in the top of the sixth and then added two for good luck in the eighth to blow past LSU.

UH next begins a three-game series against Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. Friday at Cougar Field.

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