Jan. 28, 2006
HOUSTON - Junior catcher Travis Reagan's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the 2006 Rice baseball team the lead for good on the way to a 4-2 exhibition win over a formidable Owl alumni squad in the baseball program's biennial varsity-alumni game Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park. The game completed its six scheduled innings before rainstorms hit the Houston area.
The alumni team's minor league-loaded roster took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Former NCAA player of the year Damon Thames (1999) singled and scored on a single by Cincinnati Reds farmhand Paul Janish (2004). Austin Davis (2004), the Owls' all-time hits leader, single-in San Diego Padres' prospect Chris Kolkhorst (2004) for a 2-0 advantage.
The varsity answered with a run in the bottom of the frame when freshman Kenny Ford reached on an error, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Greg Buchanan. Sophomore Tyler Henley was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fifth. He scored to tie the game, 2-2, after a Joe Savery single and an alumni fielding error. Savery scored on Reagan's sacrifice fly for a 3-2 advantage. The varsity added one more run for a 4-2 exhibition final.
Rice officially gets the 2006 season underway on Feb. 4 with a home game against Central Missouri State. The game is scheduled for a 2 pm start at Reckling Park.