Tuesday, February 12, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 91


Cougars to take on Rice

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH baseball team will face cross-town rival No. 10 Rice at 4 p.m. today at Reckling Field on the Rice campus.

Kevin Harwerth/The Daily Cougar

Sophomore Austin Faught pitched three strong innings of relief Saturday against Texas. Faught and his teammates will take on Rice today
to begin the Silver Glove Series.

Both the Owls and the Cougars received top honors in the Astros College Classic Tournament after going 2-1, but the teams didn't play
each other.

Today's game will be the opening game in the Silver Glove Series, a tradition that dates back to 1948.

Last season, Rice squeezed a victory in the series, winning three games to Houston's two, but since 1972 when the two schools turned
the Silver Glove into an annual excursion the Cougars have collected a 60-51 record against the Owls.

Freshman left-hander Taylor Gartz is expected to make his debut for Houston when he takes the mound against Rice as the starting

Gartz is a highly regarded athlete from Clear Lake High School who possesses a keen competitive spirit. He is expected to be an integral
part of the weekday Cougar lineup.

The Cougars will be counting on their star players to come through with the bat to win the first game of the series and give Houston an
early lead.

Junior Chris Snyder had a weekend batting average of .571 at the Astros College Classic. That performance earned him Conference USA
Hitter of the Week honors.

Senior Keith Whatley pitched six scoreless innings against No. 30 Texas A&M on Sunday and joined Snyder on the weekend's
All-Tournament Team.

Surprisingly, sophomore Brad Sullivan did not receive any honors for his outstanding performance as the starter on the mound against No.
16 Baylor in Friday's game, in which he had a career-high nine strikeouts.

Rice beat Texas Christian and Texas Tech over the weekend, but lost to Texas A&M for a 2-1 record.

Rice's senior outfielder Mike Lorsbach was awarded Western Athletic Conference baseball Player of the Week on Feb. 11, and fellow
teammate pitcher Darrell Rasner joined Lorsbach as WAC Pitcher of the Week.

Lorsbach had a batting average of .417 over the weekend, and even added a career-first grand slam against Texas Tech on Saturday. In
the same game, Lorsbach had two runs, six runs batted in and a double.

Lorsbach joined three of his teammates on the All-Tournament Team infielders Eric Arnold and Enrique Cruz and designated hitter
Chris Kolkhorst.

Rasner was rewarded for his performance against Nevada-Las Vegas, during which he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up only four
hits and one walk. Rasner also had 10 strikeouts.

Rasner wasn't the only Rice player nominated for WAC pitcher of the week. Senior Justin Crowder was nominated for his outstanding
talent on the mound.

Rice will be using sophomore David Aardsma as its starting pitcher. Aardsma is a right-handed pitcher who will be making his first
appearance of the season.

Two Silver Glove games are scheduled in February. The next will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Cougar Field.

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