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Volume 68, Issue 109, Wedenesday, March 12, 2003


Coogs leave bats in Houston

By Stuart H. Clements
The Daily Cougar

In what must have seemed like déjà vu, the Houston baseball team dropped its second consecutive game to No. 8 Baylor 15-4 Tuesday at the Baylor Ballpark in Waco.

The last time Houston met Baylor was at the Minute Maid Park College Classic, where the Bears creamed the Cougars with a wide berth of 14-4, despite Houston starting superstar pitcher junior Brad Sullivan against Bayloris heavy bats.

In two games against the Baylor Bears, junior infielder Hyung Cho and the Cougars have been outscored 29-8. UH lost to the No. 8 Bears, 15-4, in Waco on Tuesday.

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The Cougars dropped to 7-10 with the loss to the Bears, while Baylor lifted its record to 15-5 and led the all-time series against Houston 81-56.

Similar to the first meeting this season, the Bears came out strong, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings.

Junior Gene Flores started the game and gave up six earned runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings. Floresi ERA jumped to 8.59 in his first loss of the season.

Again it was a night of pitching by committee for Houston with six pitchers after Flores stepping onto the mound.

Junior Brian Henderson came in for relief after Flores and went for one and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and struck out one, but the Bears still managed four unearned runs during Hendersonis tenure Tuesday.

Freshman Justin Vaclavik came in to start the bottom of the seventh against the Bears and managed to record his first out of the year.

The young southpaw completed his first third of an inning for the Cougars, though he was responsible for all five earned runs that topped off the Baylor scoring Tuesday, giving him a 189.00 ERA, the highest on the team.

Starting on the mound for Baylor was Mark McCormick, who held the Cougar offense to only three runs on five hits to record his first win of the season.

The trouble Tuesday for the Cougars was not necessarily pitching, but offense. Houston entered the match batting only .234 as a team and produced only six hits that amounted to four runs. Baylor had 19 hits for its 15 runs.

Juniors Hyung Cho and Thanos Papavisiliou, two of the Cougarsi three top hitters this season, went 0-for-3 at the plate, while junior Gabe Lucas moved into the top spot among Cougar hitters. Lucas went 2-for-4 at the plate, lifting his batting average to .354.

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