June 19, 2001
Tucson, Arizona - University of Houston sophomore Chris Snyder, the starting catcher for the Cougar baseball team, was one just 22 collegiate players from across the country selected to play for the United States National Team this summer USA Baseball announced from its headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, on Tuesday, June 19.
Snyder, a Houston native and graduate of nearby Spring Woods High School, was invited to the Team USA tryout camp after batting .316 for the Cougars last spring while leading the team in home runs, hits, RBI, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Defensively he threw out 22 runners attempting to steal a base and he provided the leadership for a young UH pitching staff that had as many as four freshmen start a a combined 43 of the team's 59 games.
Following an exhibition game against professional players from the Chicago Cubs organization on Monday night (June 18), where Snyder reached base and scored in a 5-1 Team USA win, he was notified he was one one of just three catchers to make the country's 2001 national team. He will now represent the United States in international competitions this summer, including an overseas series against the national team of Japan. A complete list of the 2001 Team USA summer schedule is available at www.usabaseball.com.
Snyder joins former UH pitchers Kyle Crowell and Shane Nance as recent selections to the national team. Nance was a two-time selection in the summers of 1998 and 1999. Crowell played for Team USA in 1999. The full 2001 roster is shown below.
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