March 18, 2012
The Tigers took advantage of two Rice fielding errors, and made the most of two free baserunners in their first time up. Chris Wolfe led off the game and reached on an Owl fielding error and both of the next two batters, Joe Gill Jr. and Darren Farmer were both hit by a pitch on consecutive pitches. Cleanup batter Thomas Brown III reached on another fielding error that allowed Wolfe to score with the bases still loaded. Gill Jr. scored a ground out to the right side and Farmer then came home on a passed ball. Grambling was in front 3-0 without recording a base hit in the inning.
Rice answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Michael Ratterree walked and Michael Fuda reached on a fielder's choice to put runners on first and second base. Ratterree scored on a single to right-center by Jeremy Rathjen. Fuda went to third on a single by Craig Manuel and scored on Shane Hoelscher's sacrifice fly that made it 3-2.
"We had a very poor start that put us behind the eight-ball, but after we got those to runs back I thought we can still get ourselves back on track," said Rice head coach Wayne Graham. "We were able to hit the ball, but it was right at people and they made plays. They made plays because they are good team. You can't give any team any runs, which is exactly what we did today in the first inning."
Grambling extended its lead in the top of the fifth. Wolfe led off with a single and a one-out walk to Farmer put runners on first and second. Brown III singled-home Wolfe and Farmer later scored on a base hit by Brian Knuckles to stretch the Tiger lead to three, 5-2.
Rice freshman pitcher Jordan Stephens entered the game out of the bullpen in the fifth and kept the Tigers in check while the Owls tried to battle their way back. Stephens finished the day with another 4.1 shutout innings, giving him a total of 18.0-consecutive scoreless innings dating back to a March 4 start against Tennessee in the finale of the annual College Classic held at Minute Maid Park.
The Blue & Gray rallied for a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Christian Stringer hit safely to right and advanced into scoring position on a balk. He hustled home on Ratteree's single through the left side that made the score 5-3.
Rathjen led off the bottom of the eighth with a double into the left field corner. He went to third on a ground out and scored on Hoelscher's second sacrifice fly of the game that cut it to one, 5-4.
Grambling starter Richard Bautista worked eight innings, but the Tigers went to Zach Moreau out of the bullpen for the start of the ninth. Moreau retired the Owls in order to preserve a win for Bautista (2-0) and notch his third save of the season. The Tigers improved to 11-7 on the year. Rice fell to 15-6 overall.
"Their starter went out and threw a lot of strikes," coach Graham added. "We struck out only two times today, but we could have had some better at bats in some specific situations. Some of the other areas where we needed more attention to details were important to the outcome today. We didn't win the game today, but we have a chance to be better now by learning from it. I think we learned something."
The Owls closed-out the weekend series with Grambling, but Rice still has two more games in its current homestand. Rice next hosts state rivals Texas-San Antonio and Lamar on March 20-21 (Tues.-Wed.) respectively. The start times for both home games is set for 6:30 pm at Reckling Park.
Rice Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class
06/30/2015 - Richard and William Barker, Bubba Crosby, Jarett Dillard, Funmilayo Jimoh, Holly Jones-Wright, Lauren Shockley and Brent Scott will be inducted as ...
Berkman Inducted Into College Baseball Hall of ...
06/30/2015 - Rice great Lance Berkman was part of a star-studded group inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame on its "Night of Champions" in Lubbock,...
Reeves Named ABCA Third Team All-America
06/14/2015 - John Clay Reeves was named a third-team All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the organization announced from ...
A Very Cool Draft
06/10/2015 - Rice's Kevin McCanna, Austin Orewiler, Matt Ditman, John Clay Reeves and John Williamson were all selected on the final day of the of the 2015...
Stephens & Byrd Selected Tuesday In Major...
06/09/2015 - Rice's Leon Byrd and Jordan Stephens were both selected on Tuesday's second day of the 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Chandler Named Freshman All-America by...
06/03/2015 - Rice's Ryan Chandler has been named to Collegiate Baseball's 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team, the publication announced Wednesday...
Summer Fun At Rice Baseball Camps
06/02/2015 - The 2015 Rice Owls Baseball Camps are set. Beat the rush and sign youths up early to get a jump on the competition.
Baseball Season Comes To An End With 5-2...
06/01/2015 - The Rice baseball team battled a more-rested Louisiana squad with everything it could muster under the circumstances, but the Ragin' Cajuns claimed...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store