Houston snaps Tiger win streak, 11-3

The University of Houston baseball team continued its roll of defeating ranked opponents Friday night by dismantling LSU, 11-3, at Cougar Field in Houston. The Cougars (4-4) used excellent pitching and capitalized on poor Tiger play to snap LSU's four-game win streak dating to one week ago. Last week, UH downed No. 17 Baylor, slapping out 14 hits in a 10-4 win.

Every Houston starter recorded a hit in the game, and the Cougars recorded a season-best 18 hits against LSU. Leading the onslaught was third baseman Jesse Crain, who went 4-for-5 with four runs, while outfielders Anthony Scalise and Michael Bourn tied individual records with three hits each.

No. 3 LSU (7-2), the seventh ranked team Houston has played in eight games, was confounded by Cougar starting pitcher Brad Sullivan, who kept Tiger batters off-balance with wicked breaking pitches in all areas of the strike zone. The sophomore right-hander struck out nine (tying a career best) in five innings of work, allowing only two runs on four hits while walking five. Coming into the game, Sullivan had not allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings and opponents managed only a .088 batting average against him.

Sullivan (W, 2-0) opened the game with a called strikeout of shortstop J.C. Holt, one of the many left-handed hitters inserted into the lineup by LSU coach Smoke Laval to face the crafty righty on the mound. Wally Pontiff followed with a single to the right-field gap, but the next seven Tigers sat down in order.

LSU starter Bo Pettit (L, 1-1) struggled on the night, giving up ten hits and five runs over six innings, walking three and striking out three.

Houston raced out to a 4-0 lead early in the game, but the Tigers were able to cut the lead to 5-3 over the middle three innings. LSU's first runs came in the top of the third, when left fielder Matt Heath drew a two-out walk and scored on catcher Chris Phillips' double to left. Right fielder Sean Barker singled to open the fifth inning, swiped second and took third on DH Dustin Hahn's groundout. Barker came home on one of the game's three balks to bring LSU within 4-2.

The Cougars added an unearned run in the bottom of the inning on a single and a pair of costly throwing errors by Holt.

Heath scored again in the sixth after legging out a double, stealing a base and coming home on a Phillips groundout to make the score 5-3, but that's as close as LSU would get for the remainder of the game.

Houston broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning, blasting Tiger reliever Lukas Guidroz for three runs on a pair of doubles and a walk for a 9-3 Cougar lead. In the eighth, UH struck for a pair of runs on LSU pitcher David Miller to ice the game.

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