March 1, 2003
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team provided some offense for junior righthander Brad Sullivan, and the formula proved to be an instant success for the Cougars during an 8-0 win Saturday over Louisiana-Lafayette at Cougar Field.
Sullivan, who had lost his first three starts of the season, pitched eight strong innings with a UH season-best-tying 11 strikeouts. The Nederland, Texas, native allowed only two hits and two walks during his season-long outing and did not allow a runner to reach second base.
Meanwhile, the Cougar offense broke out of its slump with a season-best eight runs on 10 hits and scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, including a three-spot in its first at-bat. Junior first baseman Thanos Papavasiliou went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run and has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
Cajun starter Austin Faught dropped to 1-2 after giving up five hits and four runs with one strikeout in only 1.2 innings of work.
The series wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cougar Field. UH sophomore righthander Garrett Mock (0-2, 3.97) is scheduled to start for the Cougars and will be opposed by Cajun righthander Jordy Templet (1-1, 0.98). Fans can catch the action over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com. Fans can also catch the action batter-by-batter by clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the "Daily Calendar" at the bottom of the main page.
UH struck for the game's first runs in its first at-bat. Cho reached on a one-out double to right center and moved to third on an infield groundout. From there, the Toronto, Canada native came around to score when Papavasiliou laced a single up the middle.
Cole Bruce followed with another single through the right side, and Roberts plated both Papavasiliou and Bruce with a single through the right side.
In the second inning, Brett Logan was hit by a pitch to lead off and moved to second base on a sacrifice from Gabe Lucas, Following Cho's second hit of the day, Stuart Musslewhite plated Logan on a safety squeeze for a 4-0 UH lead.
Roberts moved all the way to second base on a Cajun infield error to lead off the third inning and moved up one base on a balk from Cajun reliever Kraig Schambough. Matt Farrington then scored Roberts on a suicide squeeze.
In the fourth inning, Musslewhite blasted a two-out triple to left field and scored on Papavasiliou's RBI single through the right side of the infield.
UH added to its lead in the fifth inning with another run. Roberts led off with a walk and moved to second base following Sam Mitchell's infield single. Following an infield groundout and a walk to load the bases, Lucas lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Roberts.
The Cougars capped the scoring for the day in the eighth inning with another run. Cho reached on a Cajun infield error to lead off, moved to second on a groundout and advanced to third on a balk by reliever Dan Reed. Papavasiliou then laced his fourth hit of the day through the right side of a drawn-in Cajun infield for the final run of the day.