Baseball Falls 15-1 At Houston
April 12, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - Memphis suffered its worst loss of the season tonight, a 15-1 loss to No. 7 Houston at Cougar Field in Houston, Texas.
Junior first baseman Andy Gesell scored the lone Tiger run on a solo home run in the top of the fifth, as only three Memphis players hit safely. Houston right-hander Brad Sullivan struck out a school record 16 Memphis batters and three Cougar pitchers combined to strike out 19 hitters to break their own Conference USA record for strikeouts in a game by a team.
Houston pitchers combined to strikeout 18 against UAB on March 31, 2000 and Sullivan topped his own school record of 15 set earlier this season against Tulane.
With the loss, freshman Michael Novarese falls to 2-3 in his first friday night conference start. Junior Nick Rogers, senior Gabe Council and sophomore Michael Lewis combined for 5.2 innings of relief, as Tiger pitching allowed 15 runs (14 earned) on 16 hits.
The 14-run decision is Memphis' worst conference defeat since a 20-5 loss against Houston in 1999. The Tigers have dropped seven-straight to the Cougars and are now just 2-15 all-time against Houston.
With his solo home run, Gesell extended a four-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 14-straight. Freshman centerfielder Jordan Hart singled for hit second collegiate base hit in as many contests.
Memphis (12-18, 6-7) is back in action tomorrow night, when it takes on Houston in the second game of a three-game C-USA series at Cougar Field at 7 p.m.