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Volume 68, Issue 117, Monday, March 24, 2003


UH makes clean sweep

Sullivan strikes out 13, bats explode for 42 runs

By Stuart H. Clements
The Daily Cougar

The offense that the Houston baseball team enjoyed during the 2002 season returned over the weekend as the Cougars swept a three-game series against Conference USA rival Cincinnati at Midland Field in Amelia, Ohio.

Junior pitcher Brad Sullivan struck out 13 batters in eight innings Friday. He gave up just two early runs on four hits to whittle his ERA down to 1.98.

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The Cougars had no less than 17 hits in each of the three games, and registered 20 hits in Sundayis 16-3 victory over the Bearcats.

With the series sweep, the Cougars improved to 11-13 overall with a 4-2 league record, while the Bearcats fell to 6-14 (1-5 in C-USA).

The Cougar offense tallied 20 hits to the Bearcatsi five in Sundayis game, despite ending the game after seven innings due to travel restrictions.

Sophomore Garrett Mock was the starting pitcher for the Cougars and picked up his second win to lift his record to 2-3 with a 4.37 ERA. The right-handed pitcher tallied seven strikeouts in his six innings on the mound during Sundayis game.

Junior Brian Henderson relieved Mock for the final inning, giving up no hits and striking out all three batters he faced. Henderson has a 2.63 ERA.

Junior Hyung Cho and freshman Matt Farrington both had team-leading three hits in Sundayis game. Cho went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs with his third home run of the season, while Farrington hit 3-for-3 and tied a UH single-game record with three doubles.

Every player in the Cougar lineup recorded at least one hit in Sundayis game.

The offense was as strong Saturday, as Houston tallied 17 hits on its way to a 13-6 win over Cincinnati.

Junior southpaw Danny Zell won his sixth decision of the year, moving to 6-1 on the season with a 1.71 ERA. Zell pitched six innings to pick up the win and gave up only two runs on five hits, both runs coming from solo home runs.

Junior Gabe Lucas and Cho both picked up home runs in Saturdayis game. Cho was 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, while Lucas went 3-for-4, tallying two runs and three RBI.

Junior Sam Mitchell entered the game as a pinch hitter and was 2-for-2 with one run and two RBI to help the Cougars win Saturday.

Although the offense was spectacular throughout the weekend, Friday games are about one player: junior right-handed pitcher Brad Sullivan.

After an ominous start this season where Sullivan lost his first three decisions, the Cougar pitcher has come back to compile a 1.98 ERA with a 3-3 record and a team-leading 67 strikeouts.

The Nederland native went for eight innings Friday and gave up only two earned runs on four hits, while striking out 13 batters in a 13-2 win.

In his last three outings, Sullivan has been spot on, compiling two wins and one no decision with 36 strikeouts in 27 innings on the mound. On March 8, Sullivan recorded the fifth complete game of his career against Northwestern State, and hasnit let up since.

On offense, six Cougars tallied extra base hits Friday. Juniors Cole Bruce and Thanos Papavisiliou, sophomore Stuart Musslewhite, freshman Travis Tully and Cho all hit doubles, while Lucas slammed a home run and went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

The Cougars will swing back into action when they face in-state rival Sam Houston State in Huntsville at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Sam Houston is 11-14 this season and will enter the game with a three-game losing streak.

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