April 10, 2012
Jeremy Rathjen knocked a bases-loaded triple to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning to help rally the Rice baseball team to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over visiting Texas State Tuesday night at Reckling Park in Houston.
Texas State built a 5-1 lead early in the contest but the Owls whittled the margin down to two, 5-3, to start the seventh. Owl freshman Ford Stainback was safe at first when the Bobcats had trouble fielding the ball in the infield. J.T. Chargois drew a walk and Christian Stringer was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Rathjen, the Rice's clean-up hitter and homerun leader.
The Houston native lined a Texas State pitch into right field to clear the bases and give the Owls their first lead of the night, 6-5. In the top of the eighth, Chargois moved from the starting designated hitter to reliever with the task of keeping the Bobcats in check for the next two frames. The Owls held on for the 6-5 final for their second-straight win heading into a C-USA series at Marshall this weekend.
"It's about time we got a big hit, and Jeremy got a huge hit to drive in three runs," said Rice head coach Wayne Graham. "We still could do a better (batting) with runners in scoring position, but the relievers threw well, and obviously (Tyler) Duffey threw extremely well. Chargois got through his two innings. The bullpen won the game along with Jeremy. Winning a game like this against a good team will hopefully help your RPI (ratings power index) and keep some momentum going."
Texas State had some momentum early Tuesday night. The Bobcats moved in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning without a base hit. The Owls hit the leadoff batter who proceeded to move around the stations before finally scoring on a wild pitch.
The Owls tied the game in the bottom of the second. Shane Hoelscher reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on Ryan Lewis' single to right before scoring on the second of Stainback's three base hits.
The Bobcats scored four runs on just one hit in the top of the third to take a 5-1 advantage. Rice walked in a run with the bases-loaded before Cody Lovejoy hit a two-out double to score three more.
Rice continued to fight. Stainback singled-home Keenan Cook for a run in the fourth that made it 5-2. Christian Stringer led off the fifth with a double, moved to third on a Rathjen single and scored on a grounder to the right side that brought the margin to 5-3.
The Owls regrouped at the top of the order to start the seventh. Rathjen had already collected two hits in the game at that point and he was simply looking for another chance to help the team.
"I was just trying to hit the ball hard all game," Rathjen said. "We know we have good hitters on this team and we've all been working pretty hard on manufacturing some runs. We'll keep working and keep the focus up. All the games are very important."
When the Owls were on the comeback trail, Tyler Duffey was on the mound keeping Texas State within striking distance. The standout from Bellaire High School fired 3.0 scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four to earn his first win of the season. Chargois notched his team-leading sixth save with 2.0 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and a walk while striking out two.
With the victory Rice improved to 23-11 on the season. Texas State is now 21-11 overall. The Owls next return to Conference USA league play with a three-game weekend series at Marshall April 13-15.
Baseball Fanfest Set For Sunday
02/08/2017 - The second-annual Rice Baseball Fanfest, where the public can get up close to the Owls' baseball program, is set for this Sunday (Feb. 12) from 12:...
Batter Up! Owls Hold First Practice For 2017...
01/27/2017 - The Rice baseball team, the Conference USA Preseason favorite according to the league’s head coaches and ranked as high as No. 21 in the...
Baseball Tabbed as Preseason Favorite In C-USA ...
01/25/2017 - With the top two individual preseason all-conference honors, including Glenn Otto as the 2017 Preseason Pitcher of the Year and Ford Proctor as the...
Rice Selects Daktronics for Reckling Park Upgrade
01/11/2017 - Rice University and Daktronics are partnering to bring a greatly enhanced video presentation to one of college baseball’s iconic venues with ...
Otto Named Preseason All-America
12/19/2016 - Junior pitcher Glenn Otto has been named a preseason All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Monday (Dec. 19).
Rice Baseball Fanfest Set For Feb. 12
01/23/2017 - The second-annual Rice Baseball Fanfest, where the public can get up close to the Owls' baseball program, is set for February 12 (Sun.) from 12:30 ...
Baseball Team Concludes Historic Trip
12/05/2016 - The Rice baseball program's historic 12-day trip to Cuba has come to an end. Check out David Ruth's Owls In Cuba blog wrap-up at the above link,...
Dates Set For Rice Baseball Winter Camps
12/05/2016 - The dates for the 2016 Rice Owls Winter Baseball Camps have been set for Dec. 12-21.
- Top Videos /
- Online Store