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Wednesday, March 21, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 115



Cougars look to continue winning run

Cougar Sports Services

UH takes on the No. 1 Rice Owls at 7 p.m. today in Game 3 of the five-game Silver Glove Series at Cougar Field.

After opening Conference USA play with a sweep of preseason conference favorite Southern Miss, 4-2, 6-0, 4-3, UH took top-billing in the C-USA rankings as the only team to kick off the conference season 3-0.

The young Cougars plan to take the upper hand tonight, as they are tied with crosstown rival Rice 1-1 for the Silver Glove.

Rice returned to the top of the national rankings as it opened Western Athletic Conference play against San Jose State with a three-game sweep of its own, 6-5, 6-3, 11-7. An SJS error gave the Owls the win on Friday as relief-pitcher Andy Cook walked in a Rice score in the ninth on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded.

The Owls faced Baylor at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Reckling Park.

UH dropped its first meeting with the Owls on a pitching error of its own as Rice's Phillip Ghutzman knocked a grand slam out of the park for the 5-2 win on Feb. 13. The Cougars' next meeting with Rice was more favorable, as they massacred the No. 1 team, 14-5, at its own Reckling Park.

Sophomore catcher Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer in the meeting, finishing the day three-for-four with 5 RBI. Lefty pitcher Keith Whatley picked up the win.

Several Cougars have stepped up to the plate this season. Snyder leads the club with 23 RBI and a 61.5 slugging percentage for the year, followed by junior transfer Josh Snook with 21 RBI and a 56.6. Snyder has a 44.9 on-base percentage, while Snook has hit the bag 42.5 percent of time so far this season.

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