Oct. 3, 2012
HOUSTON — University of Houston Baseball will honor its 2002 Super Regional team on Saturday, October 27 during the home football game against UTEP. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. and the Cougar baseball greats will be honored as honorary captains prior to the football kickoff.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to welcome back the 2002 Cougar Baseball team,” head coach Todd Whitting said. “This team accomplished so much for our program and I’m thrilled to welcome them back to campus and recognize the success they had at Cougar Field.”
The 2002 squad is one to remember as the Cougars finished the season with a 48-17 record and a 22-7 Conference USA mark to capture the program’s seventh conference regular-season title. The team wrapped up the year as the No. 9 team in the nation, having 25 wins posted over Top 30 teams, including four straight en route to a perfect 3-0 sweep at the Mesa Regional with victories over No. 34 New Mexico State and two over No. 15 Arizona State.
The historic year was capped by the program’s 15th Regional appearance and second NCAA Regional Championship title with the other two years coming in 2000 and 2003. This team saw a phenomenal class reach high team marks as well as individual success at the national level as three players in Brad Sullivan, Chris Snyder, and Jesse Crain all earned All-America honors, along with Stuart Musslewhite as a Freshman All-America recipient.
Sullivan collected three National Player of the Week awards and went on to be named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year. Five players received All-C-USA honors that season, including former greats Michael Bourn, Jesse Crain, Sullivan, Brett Cooley, and Snyder.
Capping off a fantastic Cougar career, MLB stars Crain and Snyder were taken in the second round of the MLB Draft, while Cooley, Keith Whatley, and Nathan Mitchell all were drafted as well. Joining Crain and Snyder, currently on MLB active rosters from the 2002 squad, is Bourn, who was drafted a year later in 2003.
Whitting served as an assistant coach to the 2002 squad, along with current Sam Houston State head coach David Pierce, who was tabbed as the 2012 ABCA South Central ‘Regional Coach of the Year’.
TAILGATE INFORMATION FOR THE 2002 SQUAD
Whitting and staff encourage and invite the families of the 2002 squad to join the team for the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 27. Prior to the game, they will meet in the “H” Association Pavilion located on the West Side of Robertson Stadium. Tailgating will begin around 12:30 p.m. with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m. Cost to tailgate is $20 for the entire family, which also included your annual membership to the “H” Association. Game tickets and parking passes are available for $10 each. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Director of Baseball Operations Traci Cauley at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 15.
FALL SHOWCASE CAMP
Fall Showcase Camp set to be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., November 17-18, at Cougar Field for ages 14-18. Camp cost is $225. For more information and how to register, visit www.cougarbaseballcamp.com.
WINTER CAMP DATES SET
Houston Baseball has set its winter camp dates, which will take place at Cougar Field and Texas Premier Baseball Academy in Tomball during the months of December and January. For more information and to sign up, visit www.cougarbaseballcamp.com.
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