Wednesday, March 20, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 112


UH loses game two of Silver Glove

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The No. 7 Houston baseball team fell to cross-town rival No. 4 Rice 7-3 at Reckling Park on Tuesday. The loss was Houston's second after a 10-game winning streak that ended Sunday.

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Junior Chris Snyder hit a home run to start the scoring for the Cougars in the second game of the Silver Glove series against Rice.

Last night's game was the second of the five-game Silver Glove series, an annual event that dates back to 1948. Rice's win gave the team a
2-0 advantage in the series this season.

The Owls defeated the Cougars for the first win with a 4-0 shutout on Feb. 12.

Rice took the lead early with five runs in the first three innings.

The game started slow with Cougar sophomore Michael Bourn taking a walk to get on base. Houston failed to capitalize on the break, however.

Junior Anthony Scalise batted and grounded out. Sophomore Hyung Cho hit a fly ball to center to put UH on the defensive.

The Owls opened in the first inning with two runs to take an early lead. A.J. Porfirio hit a single and then advanced to second on a passed ball.
Enrique Cruz doubled to stack runners on second and third, and Vincent Sinisi singled for two RBIs.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Austin Faught struck out the final batter to end the first inning.

Junior Chris Snyder stepped up to the plate to start the Cougars' second at bat. He pounded a home run way over left field for Houston' first run
and made it look effortless.

After three outs, the Cougars were back on the defensive.

Rice extended its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second with two base hits that put runners on first and second.

After a wild pitch, Snyder threw over third baseman Jesse Crain, and the error allowed a run.

After the Cougars went three up and three down on offense, Rice scored two off a double from Paul Janish.

The Cougars responded in the fifth and sixth innings with two runs.

In the fifth, sophomore Gabe Lucas doubled to left field. Sophomore Thanos Papavasiliou replaced sophomore Keith Ahrens as a pinch hitter,
and Bourn sacrificed to plate Lucas for the RBI.

Rice brought in Wade Townsend as a relief pitcher and Cho immediately got a base hit to continue his 14-game hitting streak, and then
advanced to second off a wild pitch.

Crain connected with the ball, but didn't make it to first base before the force out. Cho advanced to third, and then was plated by freshman
Stuart Musslewhite's stand-up double.

Houston entered the bottom of the seventh with a little hope left, but that ended when Rice scored two runs to regain its four-run margin.

The third game of the Silver Glove will be at 7 p.m. tonight at Cougar Field. This is a make-up game from the cancellation on Feb. 24.

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