March 8, 2003
HOUSTON - In another tight pitching duel, it was junior righthander Brad Sullivan and the University of Houston baseball team that came out on top with a 2-1 win over Northwestern State on Saturday in the second game of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
A day after the Cougars dropped a 2-0 decision to the Demons, Sullivan struck out a UH-season-best-tying 11 batters for the second consecutive start to improve to 2-3 and lower his ERA to 2.45 this season. It was the fifth complete game of the Nederland, Texas, native's career and his sixth 10+strikeout game, the second-highest mark in UH career history and only one away from the school record of seven, held by Bob Peters.
Sullivan struck out at least one batter in each of the first eight innings while scattering four hits and retired 21 of 23 batters midway through the contest.
NSU starter Aaron Gravis also went the distance, striking out five with six hits and only two runs in eight innings but collected the loss to fall to 3-2 this season.
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 NSU southpaw Zach Sanches (1-1, 1.23). Fans can catch the action at KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin at 12:45 p.m.
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.
After being held to only two hits in a game for the first time in eight years, the Cougars busted out of their offensive slump with six hits, including five in the first three innings. Junior third baseman Hyung Cho went 2-for-4 with a double and run to lead the way, while freshman second baseman Kevin Roberts batted 1-for-4 with a run, double and RBI.
The Cougars scored their first run of the series with a single run in the second inning. Roberts led off with a double down the left field and moved to third base after a perfect sacrifice bunt by Matt Farrington. After Adam Bluhm walked, Brett Logan plated Roberts with a single to left field for a 1-0 UH lead.
UH added to it lead one inning later with another run. Cho led off the frame with a double off the left center field wall and moved to third on an NSU error in the outfield. Roberts then grounded out to third base but not before Cho raced in from third base for a 2-0 Cougar lead.
NSU (11-6) got on the board in the sixth inning with a run of its own. Tigger Lyles started the rally with a double down the right field line and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Michael Palermo's infield groundout. However, that would be as close as the Demons would get the rest of the night, as Sullivan did not allow another Demon baserunner to reach second base.