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Volume 68, Isuue 80, Thursday, January 23, 2003


UH is early No. 1 in C-USA

Cougar Sports Services

Itis been a preseason filled with top 11 rankings and on Wednesday, the Cougar baseball team received its biggest accolade to date, this time from Conference USA.

C-USA coaches picked the Cougars as the No. 1 team in the conference. They were a near-unanimous choice; the Southern Miss Golden Eagles were the only other conference team to receive a first-place vote. Tulane was No. 2, followed by Southern Miss, South Florida, East Carolina, Louisville, Texas Christian, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Memphis, Saint Louis and Alabama-Birmingham.

Junior pitcher Brad Sullivan and junior third baseman/shortstop Hyung Cho were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Sullivan was also picked as the conferenceis Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Sullivan racked up a 13-1 record with a 1.82 ERA and 157 strikeouts last season. He was a consensus First-Team All-American and was the C-USA Pitcher of the Year in 2002. Cho was injured for much of the 2002 season, but his defensive skills are expected to be key to the Cougarsi hopes for another C-USA Championship.

UH begins the season at the Battle of the Beach in Malibu, Calif., from Feb. 7-9. The Cougars will face California-Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Washington.

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