March 16, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior southpaw Keith Whatley tied a career high with seven strikeouts in leading the eighth-ranked University of Houston baseball team to a 5-1 win over UAB in game two of a Conference USA three-game series.
Whatley improved to 5-1 this season and recorded his fourth straight win after tossing a career-best 8.0 innings with six hits and only one run and three walks.
Due to possible wet weather in the Birmingham area and the UH travel plans, Sunday's game time has been moved up one hour to noon. Fans can hear the action on KGBC Radio 1540 AM or through the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc.
Hyung Cho wasted little time in extending his hitting streak to 12 games and giving the Cougars an early lead with a two-run home run in the first inning. Stuart Musslewhite, Brett Cooley and Daron Bertillion each added two hits apiece for UH.
The score would stay that way for the next seven innings before UH struck for three runs in the eighth inning. Musslewhite and Cooley collected RBIs with back-to-back doubles and Bertillion's RBI-single capped the scoring to give the Cougars a comfortable 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the Blazers struck for their first run on Mark Garner's RBI-single, but that would be all the runs UAB would score for the rest of the day.
Garner led the UAB offense with three hits and an RBI, while Seth Rollin chipped in with two hits.
Sophomore righthander Gene Flores starts the series finale Sunday for the Cougars. This season, the Corpus Christi, Texas, native has posted a 1-0 record with 24 strikeouts and only six walks with a 5.18 ERA in 24.1 innings.
In his last appearance, he allowed eight hits and four runs with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings at No. 27 Louisiana-Lafayette but did not pick up the decision as the Cougars rallied late to take the win.
Senior Ross Dobbins is scheduled to start Sunday on the mound for UAB.