March 24, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - Six starters racked up at least two hits each as the seventh-ranked University of Houston baseball team pounded out 16 hits in taking an 11-3 win over No. 35 Tulane in the finale of a Conference USA three-game series.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 18-7 overall and 5-1 C-USA while Tulane dropped to 13-12 overall and 1-5 in league play. In addition, UH became the first team in C-USA history to sweep the Green Wave and extended its C-USA home winning streak to 22 games.
UH starter Gene Flores improved to 2-2 this season after scattering six hits and three innings in 7.0 innings with eight strikeouts. Tulane starter Beau Richardson dropped to 1-2 after giving up two runs and four hits in 2.0 innings.
For the first time in the series, Tulane grabbed the lead in the first inning on James Jurries' RBI-single. However, that would be the last time that the Green Wave owned the upper hand in the game. The Cougars struck for two runs in the second inning on Michael Bourn's RBI-single and a Tulane error in the infield and never looked back
In the fifth inning, Cooley led off with a triple in the right center gap and scored on Mitchell's RBI-single to right field. Mitchell eventually scored later in the inning on Gabe Lucas' infield groundout.
Tulane cut the lead back to one run in the sixth inning when Jurries blasted a two-run home run to left center for a 4-3 UH lead. But the Cougars struck for four unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. Crain started the scoring with a two-out, two-run single, and Stuart Musslewhite followed with a two-RBI single of his own to left field to push the Cougar lead to 8-3.
In the seventh inning, Scalise's infield single plated Bourn for a 9-3 UH lead. One inning later, Snyder and Cooley laced back-to-back doubles for one run, and Thanos Papavasiliou laced a pinch-hit RBI-single to right field for the final margin of victory.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday as they play host to Fresno State at Cougar Field. From there, the team heads east to meet C-USA rival in a three-game series, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday.