Feb. 15, 2002
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Brad Sullivan and Nathan Mitchell combined to throw the first two-hitter by the University of Houston baseball team in nearly two years as the Cougars took a 3-0 win Friday over Texas Tech during the first day of the Lone Star Classic at Dell Diamond.
Sullivan (1-0) collected his first decision of the year and has not allowed an earned run in his first 11.1 innings this season. After giving up a leadoff single, Sullivan did not allow a hit over the next six innings and added four strikeouts in the win.
In the seventh, Mitchell entered the contest and picked up exactly where Sullivan left off. He finished with three strikeouts and allowed only one more hit in the ninth inning on the way to his first save of the year.
It was UH's first shutout since a 1-0 win against Conference USA rival UAB on April 4, 2001, and the first two-hitter since Duncan McAdoo and Greg Runser combined to accomplish the feat at Saint Louis on April 30, 2000.
TTU starter Chris Phillips collected his first loss of the season to fall to 2-1 and lost his first in 10 career complete games.
The heart of the Cougar batting lineup - Brett Cooley, Chris Snyder and Jesse Crain -- lived up to expectations, rapping out four of the team's seven hits with a double, two runs and an RBI. Junior catcher Chris Snyder went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run to lead the offense.
The Cougars took an early lead in the second inning with a pair of runs. Snyder and Jesse Crain each tallied singles before Keith Whatley's fielder's choice put runners on first and third with two outs.
Stuart Musslewhite then laced a single to right field to score Snyder and again put runners on the corners. On a double steal attempt, Musslewhite then got caught in a rundown and was tagged out between first and second bases but not before Whatley reached home for a 2-0 UH lead.
In the fourth inning, the heart of the Cougar lineup struck again. Brett Cooley blasted a double off the base of the right field wall to start the rally and scored on Snyder's single to center field.
The Cougars wrap up their stay at the tournament at 4 p.m. Saturday when they meet host Southwest Texas State.