March 10, 2002
LAFAYETTE, La. - Chris Snyder blasted a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning as the University of Houston baseball team took a 9-8 win over No. 27 Louisiana-Lafayette at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series.
The Cougars (12-4) swept the Cajuns and won their seventh straight game in their final, non-conference weekend series of the year. UH opens its Conference USA season this weekend at UAB, starting with a 7 p.m. game Friday.
After hitting only six home runs as a team entering the game, the Cougars exploded with power as UH blasted five home runs Sunday. Brett Cooley led the offensive attack with five RBIs and two home runs, including a grand-slam home run in the fourth inning that gave the Cougars an 8-2 lead.
It was the first grand slam by a Cougar hitter since Chris Klosterman blasted one against Texas-Arlington at the NCAA Regional at Reckling Park on May 26, 2001.
Jesse Crain and Hyung Cho also launched their second home runs of the year with Crain blasting his second straight in as many games. Cho also extended his hitting streak to a new Cougar season-best nine games.
UH jumped out to an 8-3 lead after the first four innings but saw the Cajuns chip away over the next three innings and eventually tie the game in the bottom of the seventh on Scott Carboni's RBI-single. That set the stage for Snyder's late heroics.
Cougar reliever Matt Hooper collected the win after throwing 0.2 innings. Crain came out of the field to throw 2.0 innings of hitless relief with four strikeouts on the way to his team-best-tying third save of the year. The Boulder, Colo., native also ran his consecutive inning scoreless streak to 11.0 innings.
UL Lafayette reliever Andy Gros dropped to 2-1 after allowing six hits and two runs in 6.0 innings.