May 15, 2001
New Orleans, LA -- University of Houston freshman right-handed pitcher Brad Sullivan was named First Team All-Conference USA on the eve of the team's opening game at the 2001 C-USA championship tournament Tuesday, May 15, in New Orleans, La.
Sullivan led all C-USA pitchers in league ERA (1.96) and wins (6) while often facing the opponent's top pitcher in Friday night's opening game of weekend series. The native of Nederland, Texas, was one of just two true freshmen named First Team All C-USA. He was also one of five Cougars named to the conference's all-freshman team. Three UH players, freshmen Michael Bourn and Austin Faught and sophomore Chris Snyder, were all named to the C-USA second team.
Snyder was the second team catcher after leading UH in hitting (.327), hits (64), home runs (12), RBI (51), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.577). Bourn was the only freshman in the country ranked among the Top 20 in the nation for steals (34). He batted .333 in C-USA games and started 54 times in centerfield. Faught is a left-hander from Jersey Village who was twice named the C-USA Pitcher of the Week. He compiled a 5-2 league record and 3.81 ERA.
Sullivan, Faught and Bourn were three of the five Cougars on the 12-member all-freshman team. Right-handed pitcher Gene Flores and third baseman Hyung Cho completed rookie quintet to earn conference accolades. Cho batted a team-leading .362 with a team-best nine doubles in 23 conference starts. Fresh off a complete game win at South Florida on Sunday, Flores compiled a 2.17 ERA and 4-1 record in conference action.
Houston, 29-26 overall, is the No. 2 seed of the tournament which begins on Wednesday. The Cougars will face No. 7 seed Southern Miss at 9:00 a.m. in the tourney's opening game. The contest will be broadcast live around the world on the internet at www.tsrnsports.com.