March 28, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Hyung Cho and Thanos Papavasiliou blasted back-to-back, two-RBI doubles in the fourth inning to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 5-2 win over TCU on Friday in the first game of a Conference USA series at Lupton Stadium.
Junior righthander Brad Sullivan recorded his fourth straight win and improved to 4-3 after throwing 12 strikeouts with only two runs off six hits in seven innings of work. It was Sullivan's fourth consecutive start with at least 10 strikeouts and gave the Nederland, Texas, native a new UH career record with nine 10+-strikeout games.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 13-13 overall and 5-2 in C-USA play. It was the first time since March 2 that the Cougars hit the .500 mark as a team. TCU dropped to 17-12 overall, 5-2 in C-USA action.
The series continues at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Junior southpaw Danny Zell (6-1, 1.71) is slated to take the hill for the Cougars with junior righthander Clayton Jerome (4-1,3.00) scheduled to start for TCU.
Fans can catch the action on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before first pitch. For live stats with batter-by-batter action, fans can also visit the UH web site at www.UHcougars.com and click on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.
Papavasiliou went 2-for-5 with two RBIs to extend his hitting streak to nine games and lead the Cougar offense, which outhit the Horned Frogs 8-6. Brian Martin went 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and solo home run, while Cho extended his hitting streak to seven games. Although he saw his six-game streak with at least two hits snapped, freshman center fielder Travis Tully extended his hitting streak to seven straight games with a single in the third inning.
UH reliever Ryan Wagner earned his team-best fifth save of the year after throwing two perfect innings of relief.
TCU starter Robbie Findlay dropped to 1-1 after giving up five runs off five hits in six innings.
TCU's Jake Duncan went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs to lead the Horned Frogs.
The Cougars struck for the game's first runs with four runs in the third inning. Brett Logan reached on fielder's choice and moved into scoring position on Tully's single to right field. After a walk to Gabe Lucas loaded the bases, Cho blasted a double over the head of TCU left fielder Chris Meeks to score Logan and Tully. Papavasiliou then followed with another two-run double to right center to plate Lucas and Cho.
TCU got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Duncan laced an RBI-single up the middle to score Will Lewis, who reached base on a dropped third strike to lead off the frame.
However, the Cougars answered with a run of its own in the next half inning when Martin blasted a 1-0 offering from Findlay over the center field wall. It was the Texas City, Texas, native's first career homer.
In the fifth inning, Duncan blasted a solo home run over the center field wall to pull the Horned Frogs to within 5-2. However, that would be as close as TCU would get for the rest of the game.