March 7, 2006
HOUSTON -- The Texas baseball team collected 12 hits and Rice made a season-high five fielding errors as the 17th-ranked Longhorns claimed a 9-5 win over the Owls in front of 5,105 fans Tuesday night at Reckling Park.
Texas jumped on the scoreboard for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, aided by a Rice error and wild pitch. Drew Stubbs singled with two away and stole second to move into scoring position. He scored on a single by Kyle Russsell, and Russell alertly took second on the play after a Rice error in the outfield. Russell moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Bradley Suttle.
The cut the lead to 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Jordan Dodson led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games. He scored on a two-out double down the line by sophomore Brian Friday.
The Longhorns proceeded to add single runs in the third, fourth and sixth off three Rice pitchers to stretch the margin to 5-1. Two of the three runs were unearned on as the Owls threw thew ball away two more times for a total of four early errors, matching the four miscues from just two days before in a loss to Cal. State Fullerton.
Rice rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Greg Buchanan led off with a single and Joe Savery followed with a double to right. Both scored on consecutive sacrifice flies by Josh Rodriguez and Dodson to get get back in the game, 5-3.
Texas answered by batting around in the top of the seventh to score four runs on four hits and the Owls' fifth fielding error of the game. Rice added a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. With two outs Travis Reagan singled and scored on a triple by Tyler Henley. Henley scored on a base hit by Buchanan for a 9-5 final. Rice fell to 13-4 on the season. Texas improved to 11-8.
Rice next plays in the Whataburger College Classic Friday thru Sunday, Mar. 10-12, in Corpus Christi. The Owls face longtime rival TCU on Friday at 2:30 pm to open the round-robin tournament at Whataburger Field, home of the Houston Astros' AA affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks. Rice plays Arizona State on Saturday at 5:30 pm and host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday at 3:30 pm.