April 1, 2007
HOUSTON -- Junior left-hander Joe Savery struck out seven in 7.0 innings and junior outfielder Jordan Dodson was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI as the eighth-ranked Rice baseball team coasted to a 12-6 Conference USA win over visiting Marshall Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park to complete a three-game sweep of the weekend series.
Marshall opened the scoring with a pair of unearned runs on two hits and a Rice fielding error in the top of the second inning, but the Owls came right back with seven runs in the bottom of the frame and four more in the third to take an early 11-2 lead.
The Blue & Gray collected four hits and took advantage of four walks and a hit batter to send 12 men to the plate in the the second inning. The big hits were a bases-loaded one-out single up the middle by junior Brian Friday that scored two, and a two-out RBI single by Dodson.
Rice added four more in the third on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by freshman Diego Seastrunk and a three-run homer to left by Dodson. It was the sixth round-tripper of the season for the standout from The Woodlands and extended his team-leading RBI total to 33 in the Owls 32 games played.
That was more than enough room for Savery, who retired 14 Marshall hitters in a row during one stretch. After the Thundering Herd chipped away for one unearned run in the sixth, he left the game after 7.0 innings with a comfortable 12-3 lead. All the Marshall runs were unearned to that point. Savery scattered five hits with no walks while striking out seven and he also helped his own cause as the Owls' designated hitter by going 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.
The Herd added three more runs in the eighth off the Rice bullpen for a 12-6 final. With the weekend sweep the Owls improved to 22-10 overall and 5-1 in C-USA action. Marshall fell to 14-11 on the season and 0-6 in league play.
The Blue & Gray has one more home game to wrap-up the current four-game homestand. Rice next hosts regional rival Prairie View on Tuesday, Apr. 3. First pitch is slated for 7 pm at Reckling Park.