Thursday, March 21, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 113



Rice wins Silver Glove series in three games

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The No. 7 Houston baseball team fell to No. 4 Rice, 3-1, in the third game of the Silver Glove series at Cougar Field.

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Chris Snyder tags out a runner coming home in UH's 3-1 loss to the Rice Owls.

The game went 11 innings and was filled with stunning defensive plays on the part of both teams, and thwarted many chances to capitalize on some brilliant
offensive plays.

The Cougars fell to 15-7 overall after the non-Conference USA loss, and Rice improved to 20-4.

The Owls took the first two games at Reckling Park earlier this season to win the series in three games.

"They're (Rice) playing as good of ball as they can play," head coach Rayner Noble said. "They're not making any errors and everything that they hit tonight seemed
to have eyes."

Junior Danny Zell was the starter on the mound for the Cougars tonight and pitched three innings to make it the longest stretch he's played this season.

Senior Matt Hooper replaced Zell, and went two innings and held Rice to one hit and no runs.

Freshman Taylor Gartz followed Hooper and played a solid inning with no hits, no runs and only one walk.

Senior Nathan Mitchell took the hill and had less success than previous games this season.

Mitchell only played two-thirds of an inning and left after three hits and one run. Sophomore Brian Henderson came in as the relief pitcher after Mitchell, and had a
surprisingly good one and one-third innings with two strikeouts and only one hit.

Before taking the mound in the ninth, junior Jesse Crain opened up the scoreboard with a home run over right field in the bottom of the fifth. As a pitcher, Crain has
a 0.00 earned run average.

Sophomore Hyung Cho continued his 15-game hitting streak with a single to center field.

Rice matched Crain's run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, and could've taken the lead. But sophomore Gabe Lucas's throw from left field to junior
catcher Chris Snyder who tagged out a runner at home plate.

Sophomore Gene Flores, a weekend starter, took the hill in the top of the 11th inning to shut down the Owls. But after a home run by Rice's Austin Davis and a run
scored off a sacrifice fly from Eric Arnold, Flores was yanked to make room for junior Bryan Harris.

The top of the 11th came to an exciting close when junior Brett Cooley tagged out a runner at third base, which voided a run scored by the Owls.

A long argument ensued between the home plate umpire and Rice head coach Wayne Graham over the call at third base, and the fans went wild hoping for an

The Cougars will begin a three-game series against C-USA rival Tulane on Friday at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field.

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