April 20, 2003
HOUSTON - Hyung Cho and Nick Bott each blasted home runs for an early lead, and pitcher Brian Henderson did the rest as the University of Houston baseball team took a 4-1 win over Saint Louis on Sunday in the finale of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
Henderson, who collected the win in Wednesday's 5-1 win over No. 1 Rice, earned his second win of the week in his first career C-USA start. The Sugar Land, Texas native allowed only one unearned run off four hits in a career-best 6.2 innings of work on the way to his fourth straight win and improved to 4-2 this season.
Cho, who finished the day 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, gave the Cougars the first run of the game with a solo shot in the fourth inning. It was his team-leading ninth of the season. One inning later, Bott blasted an 0-1 offering from SLU starter Corey Lawson over the left field wall for his second homer in 2002.
UH (22-18, 12-6 C-USA) won its fourth straight game and for the 14th time in its last 19 outings. The Cougars also recorded their 29th sweep in 61 C-USA series and extended their winning streak over the Billikens to 18 straight games.
UH reliever Gene Flores threw a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Lawson collected the loss and dropped to 2-6 after allowing four runs off nine hits with one strikeout in eight innings.
Michael Bourn posted his fourth straight multi-hit game by batting 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.
After Cho's and Bott's homers, SLU (13-21, 3-15 C-USA) took advantage of two hits, two UH errors and Andrew Slania's RBI-single to cut the Cougar lead in half.
However, the Cougars iced the game with two runs in the bottom of the frame. After Cole Bruce led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to third on a pair of groundouts, Bourn plated Bruce with a single into right field. Bourn then stole second base and came around on Travis Tully's RBI-single to right field.
The Cougars return to action at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday as they face Southwest Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. Earlier this month, UH took a 14-6 win over the Bobcats at Cougar Field.
Fans can catch the action at KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before the first pitch. Fans can also catch the action batter-by-batter by visiting www.UHcougars.com and clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.