May 3, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - South Florida jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the first five-and-a-half innings and held off a furious Houston rally in taking a 10-9 win over the Cougars on Friday during the first game of a Conference USA series.
USF scored four runs in its first at-bat, added single runs in the second and third innings and scored two more runs in the sixth before the Cougars pulled to within 8-3 in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Scalise laced an RBI-single and Chris Snyder followed with a two-RBI single to start the UH comeback.
After the Bulls scored two more runs in the top of the seventh inning, UH pulled to within one with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Sam Mitchell started the rally with an RBI-single and Thanos Papavasiliou added a two-RBI single up the middle.
Snyder then struck again with another two-RBI single to cap the scoring in the inning. However, that would be as close as the Cougars would get for the rest of the night as USF relievers Joey Livingston, Steve Palinkas and John Gorham combined to retire the last eight UH batters.
USF starter Ryan Gloger improved to 4-2 with the win after allowing four hits and two runs in 5.2 innings. UH starter Brad Sullivan collected his first loss of the season after giving up eight hits and eight runs in 5.1 innings and dropped to 8-1.
The Cougars racked up 10 hits in the losing effort as the team posted double-digit hits for the eighth straight game. Chris Snyder went 2-for-5 with four RBIs to lead the Cougars and extend his hitting streak to a season-best and career-best-tying 10 straight games.
Scalise and Cole Bruce also went 2-for-5 for UH. Brett Cooley went 1-for-4 and singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to a UH season-best 17 straight games and has now hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games.
The series continues at 7 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cougar Field. Fans can hear all of the action on KGBC Radio 1540 AM or through the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc.