Texas Slips Past Rice, 3-2
C-USA Action Begins Friday
March 22, 2006
Three members of the Rice pitching staff combined to hold Texas to just three runs on four hits, but that was enough for the Longhorns to claim a 3-2 win over the visiting Owls Wednesday evening at Disch-Falk Field in Austin.
The pitchers for both teams were in control early, but Texas opened the scoring with runs in the third and fifth innings for a 2-0 lead. In the third Bradley Suttle led off with a double on the right field line and he advanced two stations on back-to-back bunts by Prseston Clark and Chais Fuller.
In the fifth Chance Wheeless led off with a single up the middle and he moved into scoring position by stealing second. He took third on a fly ball and scored on a two-out infield single.
Rice came right back and tied the game in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Brian Friday led off with a walk and senior Greg Buchanan laced the team's first base hit of the day into left-cent field to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Joe Savery bunted for a hit that loaded the bases and Josh Rodriguez followed with a ground out that scored Friday from third. With two away, sophomore Jordan Dodson hit a ball to third base but beat out the throw for an RBI single that tied the score, 2-2.
The Owls made the most of their three hits but managed only one more base runner after the sixth. Texas retired 10 of 11 Owls in the final 3.1 innings. In the bottom of the seventh the Longhorns pushed across what turned into the winning run. Drew Stubbs led off with a walk and he scored on a double to left by Carson Kainer. The Owls made a play to get Stubbs at the plate and the the throw was in time, but the ball came loose in a collision at home.
Rice pitchers Will McDaniel, Bobby Bramhall and Cole St.Clair combined to hold the defending national champions to three runs on just four hits with one walk. Rice fell to 18-7 on the season. Texas improved to 16-10.
Rice next hosts East Carolina in its first-ever league series as a member of Conference USA March 24-26 at Reckling Park. Game times with the Pirates are slated for 7 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday and noon on Sunday.