March 20, 2010
SAN DIEGO -- The Rice baseball team had a chance to extend an extra-inning game with San Diego to at least one more extra frame, but a dropped fly in the outfield with two outs in the bottom of the tenth led to the eventual winning run in USD's 6-5 victory over the visiting Owls Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
The teams were deadlocked 5-5 heading into extra innings and appeared to be on their way to at least one more. Rice recorded two quick outs and was on its way to a 1-2-3 tenth inning, but a dropped fly ball allowed Nick McCoy to reach base. He stole second to move into scoring position and came home on a single to right by Tony Strazzara, sliding-in head first just ahead of catcher Craig Manuel's sweeping tag.
The ending wrapped-up a roller-coaster second game of the three-game weekend series. Rice tallied a run in the top of the first inning to start the contest. With one away Michael Fuda doubled down the right field line. Rick Hague followed with a base hit up the middle to drive him home for a 1-0 lead.
San Diego moved in front in the bottom of the third. Strazzara led off with a walk and advanced on a one-out single by James Meador. Victor Sanchez drew a two-out walk to load the bases. The Owls looked to be on their way out of the jam with a ground ball, but two fielding errors on the same play allowed to men to score for a 2-1 advantage.
Rice tied the game, and then moved in front, in consecutive at bats in the fourth. Anthony Rendon led off the frame with a home run over the right field wall for his eighth round-tripper of the year. The next batter, Jeremy Rathjen, homered to left-center for a new Owl lead at 3-2.
Owl second baseman Michael Ratterree stroked a two-out single to keep the sixth alive. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and then third on a erroneous throw to try and retire him hustling to second. He scored from third on a fielding error off the bat of Steven Sultzbaugh to make the score 4-2.
Brian Farris started the USD seventh off with a walk and Nick McCoy was brought in to pinch run. Starzzarra followed with a single and a two-out base hit by Mike Ferrarro made the score 4-4.
The Blue & Gray moved back in front in the the eighth. Rendon led off with a double to center and moved to third on a USD error where the Toreros tried to pick him off base. The throw was into center and Rendon trotted easily to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Ratterree for a 5-4 lead.
The Toreros added the tying run in the bottom of the eighth. Austin Green led off with a double to left. A sacrifice moved him to third and a squeeze play knotted-up the score at 5-5.
USD won it in the bottom of the tenth for a second-straight victory in the series. The Owls fell to 11-9 on the year. The Toreros improved to the same 11-9 mark. The weekend series concludes Sunday in California. Start time is set for noon Sunday Pacific Time (2 pm Central).
Being Good Neighbors
01/27/2016 - With the team’s first practice of the season just three days away, the Owls on the Rice baseball team spent Tuesday afternoon making some new...
Baseball Season Tickets Now On Sale
12/01/2015 - Season tickets for the 2016 edition of Rice Owls Baseball are now on sale on-line through the Athletics Ticket Office.
Baseball Announces Latest Signing Class
11/24/2015 - The Rice baseball program has signed ten new standouts in the early period who will join the team for the 2017 season, head coach Wayne Graham...
Great Day On The Golf Links at 2015 Longball...
11/02/2015 - Rice baseball alumni, Owl fans and family all had a great time at the program's annual Longball Classic Golf Tournament played on Monday, Nov. 2....
Owls Conclude Fall Exhibition Game
10/17/2015 - Lamar claimed Saturday’s 14-inning fall exhibition over the Rice baseball team by a final score of 16-4. The team’s fall training...
Rice Baseball To Host Fall Exhibition Saturday
10/13/2015 - The Rice baseball team hosts longtime rival Lamar in an exhibition on Saturday (Oct. 17) at Reckling Park. Start time is set for 1 pm. There is no ...
Dates Set For Winter Baseball Camps
10/12/2015 - The dates for the 2015 Rice Owls Winter Baseball Camps are set. Beat the rush and sign youths up early to get the jump on next season.
Owls Announce 2016 Schedule With Start Of Fall ...
09/29/2015 - Now entering his 25th season at the helm of the Rice baseball program, Owls head coach Wayne Graham has started the fall training program and...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store