April 9, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - Chris Snyder went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and Brett Cooley blasted a three-run homer as the University of Houston baseball team took a 10-2 win over No. 18 Texas A&M on Tuesday at Cougar Field.
The Cougars (24-10), who won their third straight game over the Aggies, pounded out 13 hits in the game while holding Texas A&M to only two hits over the final five innings of play. UH also won its sixth straight game in the friendly confines of Cougar Field and has outscored its opponents 61-6 during that span.
Each of the first six hitters in the Cougar lineup racked up at least one hit in the game with each of the first five rapping out at least two hits. In addition to Cooley and Snyder, Anthony Scalise went 3-for-5 with a run while Michael Bourn added two runs in a 2-for-4 performance. Stuart Musslewhite also batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
With a set pitching rotation in place, UH starter Keith Whatley broke a two-game losing streak with four innings of four-hit ball to improve to 7-3. Texas A&M starter Kyle Parcus allowed eight hits and five runs in only three innings to collect the loss and fall to 2-3.
The Cougars, ranked No. 7 in the latest Baseball America poll, were strong in all three facets of the game, turning a season-high four double plays against the Aggies to kill scoring threats. It was the second-highest, single-game twin killing total in school history and the most since UH turned four at Tulane on April 15, 2001.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat. After beating out a ground-ball double play that would have ended the inning, Jesse Crain raced all the way from first on Chris Snyder's double down the left field line.
In the third inning, UH started with four straight hits to start the inning and added its first run on Crain's RBI-single. Cooley then blasted a three-run home run - his team-leading eight of the season - over the left center field wall for a 5-0 UH lead.
In the fifth, the Cougars expanded their advantage to 8-0, thanks to a wild pitch from Texas A&M reliever Todd Deininger and received two more runs on Musslewhite's two-RBI double. One inning later, Snyder plated Bourn with a sacrifice fly to right field and an Aggie infield error in the eighth inning gave UH its final run of the evening.
Texas A&M scored its only runs of the game in the eighth inning on Matt Alexander's RBI-triple and Rusty Meyer's RBI-single.
The Cougars continue their homestand this weekend as they play host to Conference USA rival Memphis. That series begins with 7 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m. Sunday.