Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 144



Crain and Snyder picked in MLB Draft

By Stuart H. Clements
The Daily Cougar 

The Major League amateur baseball draft began Tuesday and two of Houston's own were given the ok to play in the big leagues.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

The Minnesota Twins drafted junior utility star Jesse Crain Tuesday. Crain's talent helped the Cougars' offense, infield and pitching.

Junior utility player Jesse Crain and junior catcher Chris Snyder were taken in the second round of Tuesday's amateur baseball draft.

Crain was the No. 61 overall draft pick and was taken by the Minnesota Twins.

Snyder had to wait a bit, but it wasn't much longer before the defending World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks used its No. 68 draft
pick to take him.

The two Cougars became No. 4 and No. 5 in school history to be selected in the second round of the draft, and joined Mike Walker, Steve
Cummings and Paul Kuzniar.

Crain and Snyder were major contributors to the success of arguably the best Houston baseball team in Cougar history.

Aside from maintaining a top 10 national ranking in the Baseball America poll the Cougars went undefeated in the Mesa Regional the
Cougars' first step in reaching the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Collectively, Snyder, a Houston native, and Crain, a native of Boulder, Colo., led the Cougar offense all season long Crain for the first half,
and Snyder for the second.

Snyder leads with a .347 batting average, and set a new Cougar single-season record for RBIs with 70.

Snyder is one of four outstanding athletes in C-USA who ranked among the top 10 of leaders in all three offensive Triple Crown categories.

Snyder was considered the Cougars' favorite to be drafted this season. The 6-3 catcher played for Team USA. The national team went 21-7-1
with Snyder starting 18 of 20 games that he played.

Last year, Snyder was one of just two Cougars to start all 59 games 56 times at catcher.

Crain has proven himself all over the field this season. As an offender, Crain had a .317 batting average and tallied 11 home runs and 47 RBIs.

In the infield, Crain played mainly shortstop and maintained a .958 fielding percentage while at that position.

Crain also got the opportunity to give his live arm some practice. While on the mound, the right-hander went undefeated with a 4-0 record, and
had a UH single-season record of his own with nine saves and 41 strikeouts in 34 innings of work.

Crain never allowed an earned run this season, and only one unearned run as well as one inherited run got by him.

In his last 33 innings, Crain hasn't allowed any scoring. The streak is the second longest for Cougar baseball.

The Cougars will take their two workhorses to Austin this weekend to compete in an NCAA Super Regional against Texas.

Snyder and Crain have acted well under pressure, especially Sunday's game against Arizona State, which the Cougars won 8-3.

Snyder went four-for-four with three runs and two RBIs, while Crain closed on the mound Saturday and Sunday. After loading the bases
Sunday, Crain managed to end the game with a strike out before there was any opportunity to score.

The first Super Regional game begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

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