May 10, 2002
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brad Sullivan struck out 11 batters in 7.1 innings of work to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 9-1 win over Charlotte on Friday in the opener of a three-game Conference USA series at Phillips Field.
Sullivan retired the first 17 batters that he faced and allowed the Charlotte offense only three hits and one run to improve to 9-1. The Nederland, Texas, native also set a new UH single season record with 125 strikeouts, topping the old mark of 119 set by Shane Nance in 1999.
Meanwhile, the Cougar offense pounded out 14 hits, including four doubles, and jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Charlotte got on the scoreboard. All but one starter recorded a hit in the game, and Jesse Crain went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs to lead the way.
Thanos Papavasiliou went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs, while Hyung Cho went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Brett Cooley also extended his hitting streak to a UH season-best 20 straight games with a sharp single in the second inning and finished the game 1-for-4 with two runs.
The series continues at 1 p.m. (CDT) Saturday before wrapping up at 11 a.m. (CDT) Sunday. Sunday's game time was moved up one hour from the original schedule earlier in the week due to the Cougar traveling arrangements. Fans can catch the action on KGBC Radio 1540 AM or through the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc.
The Cougars struck for the game's first runs with a pair in the second inning. Cooley led off with a sharp single up the middle and moved into scoring position following Papavasiliou's sacrifice bunt. Crain blasted a double to deep center field and score Cooley and scored one batter later on Sam Mitchell's RBI-single to center field.
Papavasiliou led off the fourth inning with a double off the center field wall and eventually scored on Cho's double in the left center gap for a 3-0 UH lead. In the sixth, the Cougars struck again with two more runs on RBI singles from Papavasiliou and Cho.
The 49ers made their mark on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with a run on three hits. Brian Bowman ended Sullivan's no-hit bid with a single through the right side and moved to third base on two Sullivan wild pitches. Adam Willard then gave Charlotte its first run of the game with a perfectly-placed bunt single down the third base that scored Bowman.
UH put the game away in the ninth inning with four more runs. Keith Ahrens scored on a Charlotte infield error and Chris Snyder lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Bourn. Gabe Lucas' bunt single down the first base line scored Anthony Scalise, and Crain's RBI-single to left field plated Cooley to cap the scoring.