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Houston cops crown;
ECU paired against TCU

Final regulars season standings..
C-USA Tournament Brackets (PDF)..

From C-USA Reports

Houston swept a doubleheader from Texas Christian Saturday to capture its third regular season Conference USA title in the last four years.

The No. 10-ranked Cougars will be the No. 1 seed at the 2002 Conference USA Tournament, which begins Tuesday in Kinston. Houston finished with a 22-7 record in C-USA play, matching the conference record for wins in league play.

The Cougars (41-14) will face Saint Louis (22-28) in the tournament’s first game at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The Billikens earned the final spot in the conference tournament with their 2-1 showdown win in the first game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati on Saturday, eliminating the Bearcats.

Houston features one of the top pitchers in college baseball in Brad Sullivan and has a balanced offensive attack that is led by juniors Chris Snyder and Brett Cooley.

Saint Louis, which has won seven of its last 10 games, is led by junior pitcher Corey Lawson, who threw a league-high nine complete games. Houston won both regular season meetings between the teams.

Tuesday’s other game has No. 4 seed Southern Miss taking on No. 5 seed and defending tournament champion Tulane at 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Eagles (18-11, 35-20) have increased their win total by eight games from the 2001 season and feature one of the top pitchers in Conference USA in junior lefthander Shea Douglas, along with outfielder Jeff Cook.

Tulane (17-13, 33-23) has won seven of its last 10 games, including a three-game sweep of Southern Miss this past weekend. The Green Wave are led senior second baseman James Jurries, who ranks in the top 10 of nine career categories in Conference USA.

Three games are one the schedule for Wednesday, beginning with No. 2 seed Louisville squaring off with No. 7 seed South Florida at 12:30 p.m.

The Cardinals (39-14) have set new school records for conference victories in a season (21) and overall victories (39). Sophomore outfielder Mark Jurich is a key contributor to an improved U of L offense.

South Florida features a pair of exciting freshman in third baseman Jeff Baisley and catcher Devin Ivany.

Louisville will be seeking some revenge after the Bulls swept the Cardinals during their regular season series in Tampa in late March.

The second game of the day will be played at 4:00 p.m., and it will match the loser of the Houston-Saint Louis game against the loser of the Southern Miss-Tulane match up in an elimination game.

Wednesday’s action concludes when No. 3 seed TCU (19-11, 29-27) takes on No. 6 seed East Carolina (16-13-1, 37-18-1), with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Horned Frogs are led by junior outfielder Terry Trofholz, who is on pace to set a new league record for best batting average in a season.

East Carolina, the host school of the tournament, is led by freshman sensation Darrly Lawhorn.

TCU won all three games against ECU in a series that was played in Greenville in March.

The championship game of the tournament on Sunday, May 26, will be televised by affiliates of the C-USA TV Network.

The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Tulane defeated South Florida in the championship game to earn last year’s title.

Conference USA Baseball
Final Regular Season Standings

From Staff and C-USA reports

Through 05/18:     ---Conference---   ----Overall-----
                   ----------------   ----------------
Team                W   L   T   Pct    W   L   T   Pct
Houston*           22   7   0  .759   41  14   0  .745
Louisville*        21   9   0  .700   39  14   0  .736
Texas Christian*   19  11   0  .633   29  27   0  .518
Southern Miss*     18  11   0  .621   35  20   0  .636
Tulane*            17  13   0  .567   33  23   0  .589
East Carolina*     16  13   1  .550   37  18   1  .670
South Florida*     16  14   0  .533   31  25   0  .554
Saint Louis*       11  17   0  .393   22  28   0  .440
Cincinnati         10  17   1  .375   26  29   1  .473
Memphis            10  20   0  .333   20  31   0  .392
Charlotte           9  21   0  .300   19  35   0  .352
UAB                 7  23   0  .233   16  40   0  .286

Note: Asterisk (*) denotes team which is one of the eight which qualified for the Conference USA Tournament, May 21-26, at Kinston's Grainger Stadium.


Saturday's Scores:

LOUISVILLE 7, East Carolina 0
SAINT LOUIS 2, Cincinnati 1
Cincinnati 3, SAINT LOUIS 0
Louisville 7, East Carolina 0
Memphis 7, CHARLOTTE 5
Cincinnati 3, Saint Louis 0
UAB 4, South Florida 3
Saint Louis 2, Cincinnati 1
Tulane 7, Southern Miss 4
Houston 4, Texas Christian 2
Houston 6, Texas Christian 1


02/23/2007 01:19 PM

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