Wednesday, April 24, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 136


Cougars play host to Sam Houston

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston baseball team went 2-2 last week, dropping to No. 10 in the Baseball America poll, but went on to win its series against
Conference USA foe Cincinnati. With the wins, the Cougars stayed atop the league standings with a 13-5 conference record.

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Senior Keith Whatley will toe the rubber against Sam Houston State. Whatley holds a 7-3 record with a 4.33 ERA.

The Cougars should be ready to face Sam Houston State today. Houston boasts a 29-12 overall record, while the Bearkats are 18-26, 6-12 in
Southland Conference.

Sam Houston holds the all-time advantage against the Cougars. The two teams started competing back in 1947 and the Bearkats have a 73-60
lead in the series.

The Bearkats and the Cougars didn't brawl last season, but in 2000, Houston took a 7-4 win over Sam Houston.

Senior Keith Whatley will start on the mound for the Cougars. After being bumped from his Saturday starting position, Whatley has started in the
last two weekday games, first against Texas A&M and then against No. 3 Rice.

Whatley holds a 7-3 record and a 4.33 ERA. The southpaw has recorded 32 strikeouts this season in 52 innings of work.

Junior Chris Snyder jumped ahead of junior Jesse Crain and now leads the Cougar offense with a .350 batting average. Five of the Cougars'
eight starters hold .300 or higher batting averages.

After hitting .533 last week with three home runs and 12 RBIs, Snyder also leads in RBIs with 42 and is just behind junior Brett Cooley with nine
home runs.

Cooley leads in home runs with 11 this season and has improved his batting average over the last two weeks, taking it from the .250 range to

Sophomore Michael Bourn leads not only the team but also the league in stolen bases and walks this season. Bourn has tallied 31 walks and
21 steals on 27 attempts.

The Bearkats have yet to determine who will take the hill tonight as the starting pitcher.

Bearkats freshman Dustin Craig and senior Nathan Brewer have been pitching the majority of the weekday games, and Brewer pitched Tuesday
against Houston Baptist. Sam Houston defeated the Huskies 12-8.

Bearkat Kelly Carroll leads the offense with a .326 batting average, one home run and 22 RBIs.

Lawrence Riva leads Sam Houston in home runs with six and is tied with Clint House in RBIs with 31. House has five home runs.

The Cougars will hit the road this weekend to face C-USA foe Saint Louis in a three-game series.

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