Monday, June 25, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 148



UH catcher takes plate for USA

Cougar Sports Services

Although the collegiate season is over, Cougar Baseball is still playing for the red, white and blue.

Sophomore catcher Chris Snyder is overseas in Japan as a member of the 2001 USA National Team.

Snyder was invited to a Team USA tryout camp, then secured his position as one of three catchers on the team with his scoring performance in Team USA's
5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in an exhibition game June 18.

A Conference USA leader in homeruns with 13 during the 2001 season, Snyder led the Cougars with a .316 batting average out of 212 attempts at bat and
53 RBIs. He started in all 59 games and led the team in on base percentage (.437).

Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar

Sophomore catcher Chris Snyder is taking his swing overseas with the 2001 USA National Team. The squad started international play Saturday in Okinawa, Japan.

Team USA headed to Okinawa, Japan, for its first series of the summer, taking Game 1 against the Japanese Collegiate All-Stars, 7-2, for an early series
lead Saturday. A designated hitter in the matchup that began at 11 p.m. CDT on Friday (1 p.m. Saturday in Japan), Snyder connected once out of five
appearances at bat with an RBI.

Japan evened the score on Sunday, 4-2, with a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Snyder went one for three as catcher, bringing home both of Team USA's
runs with his double to left-center field in the bottom of the second.

Snyder is not the first Cougar to make the Team USA ranks. Former Cougar pitcher Shane Nance made both the 1998 and 1999 summer national teams,
while former UH pitcher Kyle Crowell joined him on the 1999 squad. Nance and Crowell are playing in the minor leagues. Nance is with the Vero Beach
Dodgers, while Crowell pitches for the Modesto Atheltics.

The 2001 national squad heads to Akita, Japan, on Monday to continue the series. First pitch is at 5 a.m. CDT (7 p.m. Tuesday in Japan.

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