July 26, 2001
Chris Snyder, a junior on the Cougar baseball team who is playing with the United States National Team this summer, was a catalyst in Team USA's 4-3 win over Taiwan in the second game of a double-header played on Thursday, July 26, in Lakewood, New Jersey. Snyder's bat has been heating up as of late, but Team USA's summer tour is winding down with its final two games against international competition this weekend.
Team USA dropped the opening game of Thursday's double-header 3-,1 but the Americans battled back in the nightcap. With the game tied 2-2, Snyder led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple into the gap of Energy Park. Team USA outfielder Sam Fuld, a sophomore at Stanford, followed with a clutch double that that scored Snyder and knocked Taiwanese starter Chih Chia Chang out of the game. After a sacrifice bunt got Fuld to third, he was able to plate the go-ahead run on Carlos Quentin's sacrifice fly, by barely sneaking around a tag attempt on the throw home.
Snyder has started 17 of Team USA's 27 games this summer, a tour that earlier included a trip to Japan. The standout from nearby Spring Woods High School has contributed to the national team as a catcher and designated hitter. His triple Thursday gives him a double, triple, and home run for the national team. He has also driven in nine runs, scored seven times and stole two bases while representing his country in international competitions.
The 2001 USA Baseball National Team Red, White and Blue Tour comes to a conclusion with a Friday afternoon doubleheader in Trenton, New Jersey, beginning at 12:00 noon. Team USA and Taiwan play for the final time this summer, with both games again scheduled to go seven innings.
For a roster, statistics and boxscores of the 2001 USA Baseball National Team, go to www.usabaseball.com.