|Houston players hold a team prayer before their game with Texas at Enron Field.(Jeff Shaw)|
Houston, TX -- The University of Houston baseball team scratched-out three runs and the Cougar bullpen made it stand up to record the team's first win of the season, a 3-2 decision over No. 20 ranked Texas in Saturday night's action in the Astros Collegiate Classic at Enron Field.
Houston scored one run in the first, fourth and fifth innings for starting pitcher Bryan Harris who worked a career long 5.0 innings. Three members of the UH bullpen then combined to hold Texas to a run on six hits in the final four frames to seal the squad's first win of the season.
Texas put two men on base in the bottom of the ninth innning with a pair of singles but Houston true freshman Brad Sullivan finally closed the door to earn a save in his collegaite debut. The Longhorns also had scoring threats in the seventh and eighth but junior Matt Hooper silenced both rallies with inning-ending strikeouts.
Offensivly, junior left-fielder Josh Snook paced UH with a pair of hits and an RBI. Sophomore Chris Snyder doubled-in a run to open the scoring in the top of the first and then later scored in the fourth. In the fifth true freshman Michael Bourn manufactured a run by drawing a walk, stealing second and third and then scoring on a ground out. Houston had added what proved to be the winning run without recording a hit in the inning.
The Cougars improved to 1-1 with Harris earning his first win. The sophomore from Pearland scattered two hits and did not allow an earned run. Texas fell to 0-3 to start the 2001 season.
Action in the Astros Classic continues on Sunday, February 4. Houston meets Texas Tech at 12 noon at Enron Field.
College Baseball Linescore Houston 100 110 000 -- 3 7 2 Texas 000 101 000 -- 2 8 0 Bryan Harris Keith Whatley (6), Matt Hooper (7), Brad Sullivan (9) and Chris Snyder; Gerrit Simpson, Kevin Frizzell (7), Albert Montes (7) and Sam Anderson. WP- Harris (1-0). LP - Simpson (0-1). Save- Sullivan (1). 2B- UH: Snyder; UT: Anderson, Hubele. 3B- none. HR- none. Time- 2:50. Att- 14,978. Team Records- Houston 1-1, Texas 0-2.