Feb. 26, 2006
HOUSTON -- The second-ranked Rice baseball team scored three runs on nine hits and the left-handed sophomore pitching tandem of Joe Savery and Cole St.Clair made it stand up for a 3-2 win over visiting Texas State in the finale of the Rice Invitational tournament Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.
Savery held Texas State in check for 7.0 innings, allowing just one unearned run on six hits and three walks while striking out a season-high nine. St.Clair replaced him out of the bullpen and pitched the final two frames for his second save of the season, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three. Rice improved to 10-2 on the season with the team's fifth win in a row, including all three weekend games at the second of the Owls' two annual regular season home tournaments.
Rice scratched out single runs in the three different innings. In the bottom of the first, sophomore Tyler Henley led off with a single and reached second on a Bobcat throwing error. He advanced to third on an outfield fly ball and scored on a single to right by junior Josh Rodriguez. Texas State came right back with a run in the top of the second when David Wood reached on an Owl fielding error. He rounded the bases on back-to-back singles and scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Owls regained the lead in the fourth when sophomore Jordan Dodson led off with a single, extending his hitting streak to a career-best eight games. He advanced to second on a dropped outfield fly and to third base on a fly out. Sophomore Brian Friday beat out a bunt for hit, scoring Dodson for a 2-1 Rice advantage. The Owls added an insurance run in the seventh to stretch the margin to 3-1. Sophomore Danny Lehmann led off with a double to left-center and he scored on a two-out single by senior Greg Buchanan.
The run proved to be big because Texas State's Luke Cannon knocked a solo home run in the eighth to make it a 3-2 game. The Bobcats led off the top of the ninth with a walk, but St.Clair erased the threat by picking a pinch runner off first base. He then struck out both of the final two batters to end the game. Texas State fell to 3-9 on the season.
Rice next plays its first road game of the year at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tues., Feb. 28. First pitch is at 6 pm. The Owls return home to Reckling Park to host national-power Cal. State Fullerton in a three-game weekend series Mar. 3-5.