Tuesday, April 2, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 121


 
 









 
Fourth game of Silver Glove takes place today

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston baseball team maintained its position at No. 5 in the Baseball America poll after going 3-1 last week.


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Junior catcher Chris Snyder will lead the Cougars into battle against Rice tonight. Snyder led the team in home runs last year and is
tied with junior Brett Cooley for the team lead this year.


The Cougars went 2-1 against Conference USA foe Southern Mississippi and shut out Fresno State to improve to 21-8, 7-2 in
league play.

At 7 p.m. today, the Cougars face cross-town rival No. 3 Rice for the fourth game of the Silver Glove series at Cougar Field.

The Owls enter the game knowing they've taken a 3-0 advantage over the Cougars to win this season's Silver Glove.

The last game went 11 innings before Rice's Austin Davis broke the 1-1 tie with a home run. The Owls went on to win 3-1.

Over the weekend, Rice polished off a three-game sweep of Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State, improving to 26-5
overall, 9-0 in the WAC.

Sophomore pitcher Danny Zell will take the hill for his third start of the season. Zell has a 3.86 ERA in nine and one-third innings of
work.

Zell, a southpaw and Houston native, recorded his first decision last Tuesday against Fresno State. In just two innings, Zell allowed
only two hits and added three strikeouts for the win.

Juniors Anthony Scalise and Jesse Crain lead the Cougar offense in batting average at .336.

Additionally, Scalise has tallied four doubles, one triple and 20 RBI, while Crain has eight doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI.

There is another tie among key offensive players. Juniors Brett Cooley and Chris Snyder lead the team in home runs with five
apiece. Snyder also leads the team in RBI with 23.

Rice third baseman Hunter Brown was honored as the sixth Owl to receive a WAC award either as Pitcher of the Week or Player of
the Week.

Brown was honored as WAC Player of the Week after totaling seven RBI, two home runs, two doubles and six runs last week.

Rice's Vincent Sinisi and Eric Arnold lead the Owl offense with batting averages over .400.

Sinisi has a .410 batting average, four home runs and 39 RBI, while Arnold holds a .403 batting average, leads the team in RBI with
44 and has six home runs.

Enrique Cruz leads the Owls in home runs with seven.

Rice's starting pitcher has yet to be determined for Tuesday's game.

The Silver Glove series will conclude April 16 at Reckling Park. The Cougars will travel to Greenville, N.C., to face East Carolina in a
three-game C-USA series.

The Pirates are currently No. 8 in the conference, and hold a 4-4-1 record in league play.

Houston won't play another C-USA game at home until April 12, when Memphis will visit Cougar Field.
 
 
 
 
 

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