March 15, 2008
HOUSTON -- Freshman shortstop Rick Hague clubbed three hits, including a home run and a double, while junior pitcher Matt Langwell struck out seven in 7.0 innings to pace the ninth-ranked Rice baseball team to a 12-2 victory over visiting Winthrop in the second game of a four-game series Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park in Houston.
For the second time in the series, the Owls reached double-digits in both runs and hits. Six players collected two or more hits in the game and in addition to Hague's 3-for-5 day with two RBI and two runs scored, sophomore Diego Seastrunk extended his hitting streak to 18-straight games dating back to last season. Seastrunk finished the day with two hits for his tenth multi-hit game this year.
Winthrop answered with a run in the top of the second. Bryn Henderson drew a leadoff walk and Eddie Rohan followed with a base hit to put men on first and second. Henderson moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a ground out to the right side.
The Owls took advantage of some wild pitches to take the lead in the third. Jared Gayhart and Zornes collected a pair of back-to-back singles and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Another wild pitch two batters later scored Gayhart to make it 2-1.
The lead was short-lived. With two away in the fourth, Rohan hit his third home run of the season over the left field wall to knot the score up at 2-2.
The Blue & Gray answered with a little longball of their own for a big four-run fourth. Jordan Dodson and Seastrunk led it off with singles and Jimmy Comerota moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt. A Winthrop error on the play, however, allowed Comerota to reach base safely and Dodson to score from second base. Derek Myers then followed with his second home run of the season, clearing the bases for three more RBI and stretching the margin to 6-2.
That was more than enough room for Lanwell, who improved his pitching record to 2-0 with a solid outing. The right-hander from College Station, Tex., allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks in 7.0 innings. He fanned six different hitters in the Eagle lineup and finished with a total of seven strikeouts on the day.
Rice would go to put six more runs on the board in each of the next four inning innings. Hague doubled and scored in the seventh and he closed out the scoring with a two-run homer to centerfield in the bottom of the eighth.
Rice improved to 11-6 with its third-straight win. Winthrop fell to 3-11 on the season. The four-game series between the two schools continues through Monday (Mar. 17) at Reckling Park. Start time for Sunday's game is 1 pm. First pitch Monday is at 6:30 pm.