March 23, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - Chris Snyder and Brett Cooley each went 2-for-3 to lead the seventh-ranked University of Houston baseball team to a convincing 11-1 win over No. 35 Tulane on Saturday in game two of a Conference USA three-game series.
Snyder added a double, two runs and a game-best three RBIs, while Cooley added two runs and two RBIs in the winning effort. Gabe Lucas also went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs as all nine Cougar starters recorded at least one hit in the game.
The Cougars (17-7, 4-1 C-USA) also received a solid pitching performance from Keith Whatley, who scattered six hits and only one run over 7.0 innings of to win his fifth straight game and improve to 6-1.
UH extends its C-USA home winning streak at Cougar Field to 21 straight games. It was also the biggest win for the Cougars over Tulane since March 15, 1998, when UH enjoyed a 16-4 win over the Green Wave.
The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday and can be heard live on KGBC Radio 1540 AM. In addition, fans can check out the action through the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc.
Sophomore righthander Gene Flores will start the series finale Sunday. This season, the Corpus Christi, Texas, native has posted a 1-2 record with 27 strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA in 30.0 innings. In his last outing, Flores allowed three hits and two runs in only 0.1 innings to collect the loss against No. 4 Rice on Wednesday.
With a win over Tulane on Sunday, the Cougars can do something that no team has ever done to the other in the all-time C-USA series since 1995 - sweep its rival.
Southpaw Beau Richardson (1-1, 5.46 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for Tulane on Sunday.
UH used a walk and three straight singles with two outs in the second inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Brett Cooley started the rally with a walk and moved to third base on Daron Bertillion's looping hit to right field. Michael Bourn then ripped a line drive shot off the leg of Aubrey, allowing Cooley to score. Gabe Lucas then ripped a single to right field, plating Bertillion.
In the third inning, two UH hits and two Tulane errors equaled four unearned runs for the Cougars. Chris Snyder blasted a two-run double to deep center field, and two batters, Cooley followed with a two-run home run - his team-leading fifth of the season - over the left center field wall.
Tulane (13-11, 1-5, C-USA) got on the board in the fifth inning on Jon Kaplan's RBI-single, but UH answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning on Snyder's looping single into shallow right field. The Green Wave's run snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak.
The Cougars then put the game out of reach in the eighth inning with four more runs, thanks to an RBI-single from Lucas, an RBI-double from Scalise, a wild pitch from Tulane reliever Dirk Hoagland and a Tulane error in the outfield.