March 14, 2006
HOUSTON -- Senior Greg Buchanan and the sophomore tandem of Joe Savery and Bobby Bramhall all recorded career nights to lead the third-ranked Rice baseball team to an 11-2 victory over visiting San Diego University Tuesday evening at Reckling Park.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Owls rallied for 10 unanswered runs over the next three frames before finally closing out an 11-2 victory. Buchanan went a career-best 5-for-5 and scored three times while Savery was 2-for-4 with a career-high five RBI. Bramhall notched his first collegiate win by firing a 3.2 innings of scoreless relief with seven strikeouts, both career-bests.
The second half of the game was almost the complete opposite of the first five innings. Rice jumped on the scoreboard for a run in the top of the first inning, but San Diego starter Josh Romanski settled down to retire 12-of-14 in one stretch. The Torerors tied the game with a run in the second inning and took the lead in the third, 2-1, with a solo home run by centerfielder Justin Snyder.
Rice exploded for 10 runs with three in the bottom of the sixth, five more in the seventh and two in the eighth. Sophomore Brian Friday and Buchanan led off the sixth with base hits and both came around to score on a three-run homer to right field by Savery. Sophomore Tyler Henley clubbed a solo home run to right to start the seventh and the Blue and Gray proceeded to bat around for four more scores. The final two runs came across in the eighth on a base hit by Savery.
Almost lost in the offensive fireworks was Bramhall's solid outing on the mound. The left-hander from College Station came out of the bullpen in the sixth when USD led 2-1 and he worked out of a jam with a pair of strikeouts. He quietly retired 11-of-13, scattering three hits and walk while fanning seven. He improved to 1-0 on the season while Rice moved to 16-5. San Diego fell to 12-9 on their first stop of a current road swing that includes games against Texas Southern and the University of Houston.
Including last Sunday's 21-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Owls have combined to score 32 runs on 37 hits in their last two games. Rice next travels to Huntsville to meet longtime rival Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Mar. 15, at the Bearkats' new on-campus baseball stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm.