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Volume 68, Issue 137, Monday, April 21, 2003


Cougars rub the Billikens

By Stuart H. Clements
The Daily Cougar

A billiken is supposed to be a good luck charm. It didnit work for Saint Louis.

The Cougars made the most of their good luck by completing a three-game sweep of the Billikens on Sunday at Cougar Field.

Junior infielder Hyung Cho slides into base during the Cougarsi 4-1 win over Saint Louis on Sunday. Cho hit a home run as UH completed a three-game sweep and improved to 22-18.
The sweep extended the Cougar winning streak to four games. Houston improved to 22-18 (12-6 in Conference-USA), while the Billikens fell to 13-21, (3-15, C-USA).

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Head coach Rayner Noble decided to make a change in the pitching lineup for Sundayis game. Instead of Garrett Mock, junior Brian Henderson picked up his second start of the week and led Houston to a 4-1 win.

Henderson made his first appearance of the season as a starter Wednesday against No. 1 Rice and, as he did in that game, showed tremendous confidence on the mound Sunday.

The southpaw went 6.2 innings, giving up no earned runs on just four hits as he struck out four. The Billikens scored an unearned run off an error.

"I just think that Garrettis been a little too inconsistent for us on the weekend and Hendersonis been throwing the ball very well," Noble said. "Stability factor is why weire moving Mock to the weekday games for right now."

Henderson earned his second win of the week, improving to 4-2 this season and possesses a 1.45 ERA.

Junior Gene Flores closed on the mound Sunday. Flores pitched the last inning to pick up his first save on the season.

The Cougar offense stood solidly through the weekend. Houston out-hit Saint Louis over the weekend 30-15 and outscored the Billikens 20-8.

On Sunday, Houston was first on the scoreboard with one run in the fourth inning from junior Hyung Cho, who hit his ninth home run to put Cougars up 1-0.

Junior Nick Bott added his second home run of the season in the fifth to extend the lead 2-0.

"(The offense) did OK," Noble said. "We still had opportunities, some situational hitting that we didnit take care of, especially in this ballgame today, but overall I thought it was good. I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of their mistakes and driving in the runs when they were out there."

Saturdayis game had some odd twists, but the Cougars still made it their ballgame, winning 8-5. The offense launched ahead early with one run immediately in the first inning, and then added three in the second.

The Billikens worked to tie the game with four runs in the third, but Houston reclaimed the lead with two in the fourth. Saint Louis cut the lead again in the sixth with a run, but the Cougars answered with one in the same frame and added one in the eighth.

Fridayis 8-2 win over Saint Louis was dominated by one person -- junior pitcher Brad Sullivan.

The right-handed superstar was unstoppable on the mound. Sullivan went eight innings against the Billikens and held them to two runs to move to 5-4 on the season with a 2.10 ERA.

Sullivan tied the UH single-game record for strikeouts with 16. The record was one that he set himself against Memphis on April 12, 2002.

Sullivan was complemented by an offense that pounded eight runs against the Billikens for the win.

Houston will travel to San Marcos to face Southwest Texas State on Tuesday.

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