2001 All-Conference USA Second Team
2001 Team USA National Team member
All-America candidate...Has impressed scouts and coaches alike...Will be looked to for leadership both on and off the field.
Played catcher for Team USA and helpe dled the national team to a 21-7-1 record...Appeared in 20 games, starting 18 of those... Sparked a 4-3 win over Taiwan in late July with a late-inning triple....Ended season with a double, triple, home run and nine RBIs... Finished second on the team with 13 walks and was 2-of-3 on the basepaths.
One of just two Cougars to start all 59 games, including 56 at catcher, twice at DH and once at first base... Led team in home runs (13), hits (67), doubles (13), RBI (53), total bases (119), slugging percentage (.561), on-base percentage (.437) and getting hit by a pitch (11)... Ranked second on the team in average (.316) and walks (37)... Ended season on a 14-for-38 (.368) streak with five walks, four doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs... Batted .396 against Conference USA foes with a .596 slugging percentage... Had almost the same number of home runs (6) as strikeouts (10) in C-USA games... Only Cougar with the same number of strikeouts (37) as walks (37)... Had two or more hits in a game a team-best 18 times... Drove in two or more runs in a game a team-best 14 times... Was 27-of-86 (.314) with two outs... Drove in a career-high five runs at No. 1 Rice (Feb. 21)... Slugged a career-best three hits that day against the Owls... Also had a career-best three hits against Southern Miss (March 17) to start a career-best 10-game hitting streak, the fourth longest on the team... Blasted two home runs at Cincinnati (March 30)... Batted ..351 with runners on base and ..407 when leading off an inning... Threw out 22 runners attempting to steal... Stole four bases and was caught only once... Named to the All-Series Team for UH’s annual five games against crosstown rival Rice.
Completed successful rookie season of Division I baseball as the understudy at catcher to Second Team All-American and Major League draft pick Jarrod Bitter...appeared in 29 games with 16 starts (15 catcher, 1 designated hitter)...10 of the 16 starts were against Conference USA competition and one was in the Championship Final of the C-USA Tournament...tied for the team lead in games played as a defensive sub (13)...helped the Cougars win the C-USA regular season title, first by relieving Bitter with regular days off and second by batting .389 and playing error-free behind the plate in a total of 15 league games...C-USA slugging percentage was a lofty .611...batted .266 in 64 at bats for all games played, the most at bats by any freshman on the No. 11 ranked team in America...clubbed a career-high three or more hits in a game three times... went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI in the road-start at UAB... recorded 18 defensive assists in that game at UAB, the second-highest single-game total by a Cougar in the last 22 years...solid defensive receiver, allowing only one passed ball and throwing out three runners attempting to steal in 15 starts...did an excellent job of handling the pitching staff as a true freshman...the team’s record was 11-4, the UH staff ERA was a composite 2.90 and the opponents’ batting average was an austere .234 in Snyder’s 136.2 innings as the starting backstop...Cougar hurlers averaged 7.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with Snyder providing the target and only 6.3 K’s at other times...hit .347 (17-for-49) and led the team in doubles (6) when he started behind the plate...also liked hitting on the road, maintaining a .308 average in hostile settings.
Was selected in the 43rd round of the 1999 major league baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners...First Team All-Greater Houston honoree by the Houston Chronicle as a senior...three-year starter at Spring Woods High School who helped lead the Tigers to the region quarterfinals of the 1999 state playoffs...Spring Woods won over 83 percent of their games (100-21) in his tenure on the varsity...was voted the Most Valuable Player of District 21-5A after hitting .493 with six doubles, 11 home runs and a 5A area-leading 51 RBI in the regular season...was named the Co-MVP of District 19-5A as a junior in 1998...established the school’s new home run record in a game (2) and single-season (11)...selected to the 1999 Texas 5A All-Star squad...coached in baseball by Charlie Maiorana...teammate of current Cougar Keith Ahrens...outstanding student who graduated in the Top 15 percent of his class...was also recruited by Baylor and Texas A&M.
Born on February 12, 1981, in Houston...parents are Randall and Karen Snyder...exercise science major...favorite hobbies include playing golf and fishing...chose to attend Houston because of the “great coaches, great program and great facilities.”