No. 10 Houston Sweeps TCU Out Of Title Contention
May 18, 2002
Catcher Chris Snyder's 12th home run of the season was definitely his biggest, as the three-run shot was the difference in No. 10 Houston's 4-2 win over TCU in game one of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, clinching the Conference USA regular-season championship for the Cougars. TCU (29-27, 19-11 C-USA) also dropped the nightcap 6-1 to finish the regular season three-and-a-half games behind league-champion UH.
After TCU allowed Houston (41-14, 22-7 C-USA) to grab an early 1-0 lead in game one with a unearned run in the bottom of the fourth, the Cougars returned the favor in the top of the fifth as the Frogs scored a pair of runs without a base hit to take a 2-0 lead. An error, a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk by TCU's Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) all contributed to the rally.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Snyder belted his three-run homer just over the outstretched glove of TCU right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton), giving the Cougars the 4-2 advantage.
From there, the Houston bullpen made the lead hold up as Cougar relievers Brian Henderson and Jesse Crain combined to retire the last seven Horned Frog batters to close out Houston's third regular season C-USA title in the last four years.
In the nightcap, Jared Lundeen (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Burnsville/Scottsdale C.C.) blasted his first home run of the season to give TCU a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
However, Houston rallied again, posting four runs on three hits in the bottom of the stanza to grab a 4-1 lead after four innings.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, UH plated two runs on two hits to ice the victory.
Once again, the Cougar bullpen took care of the lead as five relievers combined to hold the Frogs to just one run on three hits in five innings of work to complete the sweep.
Despite the weekend's three-game sweep at the hands of Houston, TCU has assured itself of a third-place finish in the final C-USA standings thanks to three Tulane victories over fourth-place Southern Miss.
Therefore, the Frogs will open C-USA Tournament play Wednesday in Kinston, N.C. Game time and the Horned Frogs' opponent will be decided following the completion of league play Saturday night. If East Carolina wins its regular-season finale over second-place Louisville Saturday night, TCU will play Tulane Wednesday afternoon. If the Cards beat ECU, the Horned Frogs will face the host Pirates Wednesday night.
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