Baseball Pounds No. 3 LSU, 11-3

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    Feb. 22, 2002

    HOUSTON, Texas - After seeing its bats come alive Wednesday against Baylor, the University of Houston baseball team continued its recent offensive surge Friday with an 11-3 win over No. 3 LSU to open a three-game series at Cougar Field.

    The series continues Saturday with another 7 p.m. game at Cougar Field and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    Every Cougar starter had at least one hit in the game as UH pounded out a season-best 18 hits against the Tigers, who were making their first ever visit to Cougar Field. Third baseman Jesse Crain went 4-for-5 with four runs to pace the Cougar offense, while outfielders Anthony Scalise and Michael Bourn tied personal bests with three hits each.

    The runs were more than enough for UH starter Brad Sullivan who collected his second straight win to improve to 2-0. The Nederland, Texas, native tied his career best of nine strikeouts for the fifth time and the second time this season.

    After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the game's first three innings, Houston saw its lead dwindle to 5-3 after the next three frames before breaking the game open in the seventh inning. Scalise led the way with a slicing double down the right field line that scored two runs, while Bourn and pinch hitter Cole Bruce added RBI singles to cap the rally and give UH a commanding 9-3 lead.

    One inning later, UH put the game out of reach on Brett Cooley's RBI double and Scalise's third hit of the night, an RBI single to right field.

    LSU starter Bo Pettit fell to 1-1 after giving up 10 hits and five runs in 6.0 innings



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