March 18, 2006
HOUSTON -- Senior second baseman Greg Buchanan went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs scored to lead an 18-hit attack as the third-ranked Rice baseball team coasted to a 17-2 win over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the opening game of a two-game weekend series Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park.
In game that almost duplicated the 21-1 win over the same Islander team a week ago in Corpus Christi, Rice jumped out to a big 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and proceeded to add five more runs in the second, two more in both the third and fourth, and a final three runs in the sixth. The Owls belted an eye-opening seven doubles in the game, one away from the school record and the most by the team since a win at Hawaii in March of 2002.
Buchanan was again one of the team's many offensive stars. The standout from Friendswood extended his hitting streak to nine games with four hits, including a pair of doubles. His base hit into center in the first inning help set up the first run of the game and he went on to reach base safely in five-consecutive at bats. Junior all-America candidate Josh Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a walk, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Freshman Aaron Luna doubled twice to drive in three runs while junior Travis Reagan was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Sophomore Chad Lembeck drove in three with a double and a sacrifice fly.
Almost lost in the offensive explosion was another solid outing on the mound by senior all-America candidate Eddie Degerman. Degerman allowed just one hit and a walk before being lifted with a 14-0 lead after five innings of work. He struck out six to improve his record to 5-0 while lowering his season ERA to 0.86. Right-hander Daniel Cooper was sharp in firing two hitless innings and left-hander Adam Traweek made his Division I debut with scoreless frame in the eighth.
The Islanders battled to end and scored a pair of runs on two hits in the final inning. Rice improved to 17-6 on the season while TAMUCC fell to 9-14. The teams wrap up the short two-game on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm at Reckling Park.