Feb. 6, 2007
SAN MARCOS, Tex -- Texas State rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and then again with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to claim a 3-2 victory over visiting Rice Tuesday evening before a facility record crowd of 1,812 at Bobcat Field in San Marcos.
After the No. 1 ranked Owls left two men on base in the top of the eighth inning and another on base in the ninth, Texas State began a two-out rally in the ninth with a Jarrod Bunn single to right field. Paul Goldschmidt followed with a single to right-center that sent the runner to third and Laurn Randall delivered the game-winning hit with the single through the left side.
Rice junior right-hander Bobby Bell suffered his first career loss in 13 decisions working the ninth inning. The Blue & Gray had solid pitching on the night as four Owls combined to hold Texas State to just three hits through the first eight frames.
Rice jumped on the scoreboard for a run in the top of the second inning. Rightfielder Chad Lembeck reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on the first career hit for freshman third baseman Diego Seastrunk. Junior Tyler Henley punched a ball through the left side to give the Owls a 1-0 advantage.
Texas State tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Randell reached on a Rice fielding error and advanced to third on a base hit into right by Casey Guest. Ben Theriot executed a sacrifice bunt to score one run. Thomas Field singled to right to bring Guest home and tie it up, 2-2.
The Owls got close with a fielder's choice and a walk in the top of the eighth. Henley singled up the middle and moved into scoring position in the ninth. Rice fell to 1-1 on the season while Texas State improved to 3-1.
Rice next plays SEC power Vanderbilt on Friday, Feb. 9, as part of the Minute Maid Park College Classic. First pitch against the Commodores is slated for noon downtown at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. The Owls then meet longtime rivals Baylor and Texas A&M as part of tournament action on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
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