Snyder Leads Baseball to Series Win over Cincinnati
April 21, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - Chris Snyder went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs as the University of Houston baseball team took a 10-1 win over Cincinnati on Sunday in the finale of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
Snyder's performance was part of a steady offensive effort Sunday by the Cougars who pounded out 16 hits with three for extra bases against the Bearcats. In addition to Snyder, Michael Bourn went 4-for-5 with two runs, two stolen bases and an RBI while Stuart Musslewhite went 4-for-5 with three runs to pace the UH attack.
Keith Whatley also went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and tied a school single-game record with two sacrifice flies in the game.
While the Cougar bats were hot, UH starter Austin Faught kept Cincinnati off the scoreboard.
Faught, who improved to 1-2 this season with the win, allowed only two hits through the game's first six innings while tying his career high with 10 strikeouts. UC starter B.J. Borsa, who earned the win in relief on Saturday, dropped to 5-6 after giving up three hits and three runs in only one inning of work.
With the win, the Cougars (29-12, 13-5 C-USA) claimed the series victory after falling 11-10 in 12 innings to the Bearcats on Saturday night. UH also equaled its win total from all of 2001 when it compiled a 29-30 record and remained atop the league standings in a tie with Louisville, which swept Charlotte.
As they did in the first game, the Cougars jumped ahead of the Bearcats early and never looked back. After scoring a run in their first at-bat on Brett Cooley's RBI-double, UH put the game away with a six-spot in the second inning. Hyung Cho and Bourn recorded RBI singles and UH took advantage of a balk by UC starter B.J. Borsa to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Whatley lifted a sacrifice fly to score Musslewhite, and Snyder's first homer of the game - a two-run shot to left field - gave UH a 7-0 lead.
That would be all the run support that Faught would need. Gene Flores threw two perfect innings of relief to seal the win for the Cougars.
The Cougars added single runs in the fifth and seventh inning on Snyder's second homer of the day and another sacrifice fly from Whatley.
UH returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday as it plays host to Sam Houston State at Cougar Field.