March 19, 2006
HOUSTON -- Rice pitchers Joe Savery, Craig Crow and Bobby Bramhall combined to hold visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to no runs on just five base hits, all singles, on the way to a 3-0 win in the finale of a two-game weekend series Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.
After coasting to a 17-2 win in the series-opener on Saturday, the Owls prevailed in a low-scoring affair behind some solid pitching. Savery scattered three hits and a walk while striking out seven in five innings. He surrendered two hits in the first inning and a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi runner reached third base in the second, but both times Savery worked out of the jam without allowing any runs. He retired seven men in a row before being lifted with a 3-0 lead after five and went on to improve his record to 3-1 on the season.
The Owls opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Tyler Henley was hit by a pitch to start the inning and a Greg Buchanan single and a Savery walk loaded the bases with no one out. Henley came home on a grounder by Josh Rodriguez for an early 1-0 advantage.
In the fifth inning both of the first two Rice batters reached base and scored. Friday singled, Danny Lehmann drew a walk and both moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Aaron Luna. Henley followed with a double to left field to drive them both in and stretch the margin to 3-0.
Crow came out of the bullpen in the sixth and fired three scoreless frames to hold the Islanders in check. He allowed just two hits but got a ground ball which the defense converted into an inning-ending double play. Bramall worked the ninth and allowed a walk with one away, but he came right back with a strikeout and line-out to end the game. Bramhall notched his first collegiate save.
Rice improved to 18-6 on the season while TAMUCC fell to 9-15. The Blue and Gray swept all four games played against the Islanders dating back to last month.
The Owls will next be in action at the University of Texas on Wednesday (Mar. 22). First pitch with the Longhorns is scheduled for 6:15 pm. Rice returns home to host East Carolina its first Conference USA weekend series Mar. 24-26 at Reckling Park. The series start times with the Pirates are 7 pm, 2 pm and noon, respectively.