Former Catcher Chris Snyder to Compete in 2007 National League Championship Series
Oct. 9, 2007
HOUSTON - Former University of Houston catcher Chris Snyder will compete in his first National League Championship Series, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Thursday.
Snyder, a member of the National League West Division champion and NL No. 1 seed Arizona Diamondbacks, will square off against the Colorado Rockies, the NL Wild Card at Arizona's Chase Field. All games during the 2007 NLCS will be shown live on TBS.
Snyder has been a regular in the Diamondbacks lineup during the regular season, batting .255 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs in 108 games.
During the NL Division Series, he appeared in all three games against the NL Central Division champion Chicago Cubs, rapping out a hit with a walk and two runs scored. He also played a key role defensively, calling pitches for an Arizona pitching staff that allowed only six runs off 19 hits in 27.0 innings.
Snyder led the Cougars in 2002 with a .343 batting average and a school-record 71 RBIs on the way to being named to the All-Conference USA First Team. The Houston native also was named one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award, given annually to the top collegiate catcher.
In 2002, the Cougars tied a school record with 48 wins and posted the highest single-season winning percentage in UH history. UH advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Austin Super Regional, the third time in a four-year stretch that the Cougars finished one game short of the NCAA College World Series.
Following his Cougar career, Snyder was taken in the second round of the 2002 draft.
Snyder was one of two former Cougars to compete in the 2007 MLB playoffs. Outfielder Michael Bourn and his NL East Division champion Philadelphia Phillies teammates were swept by the Rockies during the NL Division series.
It was Bourn's first MLB postseason appearance. The Humble native appeared in two games as a reserve against the Rockies.
Snyder and Bourn were two of six Cougars to compete in the Major Leagues during the 2007 season. Pitcher Woody Williams (Houston Astros), pitcher Jesse Crain (Minnesota Twins), pitcher Ryan Wagner (Washington Nationals) and catcher Rob Johnson (Seattle Mariners) pushed the Cougars' all-time Major League players to 22.
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