Feb. 24, 2006
HOUSTON -- Sophomore Tyler Henley went a career-best 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI to lead the second-ranked Rice baseball team to a season-high 19 hits on the way to a 14-7 win over visiting St. John's in the nightcap of the annual Rice Invitational Tournament Friday evening at Reckling Park.
Henley led five Owls who slugged two or more hits in the team's eighth win of the year. Rice (8-2) twice battled back from deficits before pulling away late in the contest with multi-run innings from the fourth through their final at bat eighth.
The Red Strom jumped on the scoreboard with a pair of run in the top of the first inning and Rice answered with a run in the third when Henley singled, stole second and scored on a double down the right field line by Joe Savery. The teams endured a 66-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth, but the Owls took the lead, 4-2, in the bottom of the frame when Henley singled through the right side with the bases loaded.
Rice took a 6-2 advantage in the fifth on a two-run homer by Jordan Dodson, but St. John's reclaimed the lead, 7-6, with a big five-run sixth. The Red Storm knocked a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot to left-center by Will Vogl.
The Owls came right back with three in the bottom of the sixth, two in the seventh and three more in the eighth for a 14-7 final. Savery and Josh Rodriguez both tallied three hits and the duo combined for six RBI batting back-to-back in the lineup. Senior Greg Buchanan was 2-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a triple.
The Red Storm fell to 0-2 on the season. Both Rice and St. John's will be back in action Saturday as round-robin tournament play continues at Reckling Park. The Owls host seventh-ranked Nebraska Saturday at 1 pm. The Cornhuskers defeated Texas State in the first game of the tournament on Friday, 10-3. Texas State and St. John's meet Saturday at 4:30 pm. The tournament concludes Sunday.