April 20, 2011
HOUSTON - The Rice baseball team twice overcame early two-run deficits on the way to 7-5 victory over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday evening at Reckling Park.
The Islanders jumped on the scoreboard for two runs in the top of the first inning. A&M-Corpus Christi drew a pair of walks and took advantage of three wild pitches with two base hits for a quick 2-0 advantage.
The Owls came right back and tied the game in the bottom of the frame. J. T. Chargois singled and went to second on a wild pitch. He scored on a two-out single by Craig Manuel but Rice wasn't finished. Michael Ratterree and Michael Fuda followed with consecutive singles to tie the game 2-2.
In the top of the second, Bobby Buckner led off with a single and he moved to second with a stolen base. Buckner scored on a two-out ground-rule double by Omar Garcia. Garcia scored on Trey Hernandez' RBI single to put the Islanders in front 4-2.
Rice moved in front with three in the bottom of the fourth. Fuda walked to start it off and Shane Hoelscher singled through the left side. Ryan Lewis sprinted for three bases after driving the ball deep into the right--center gap, scoring both runners with ease. Lewis came home on Derek Hamilton's ground ball that made it 5-4.
The Owls opportunistically added a run in the sixth. Three walks and a hit batsman forced in Rice's sixth run of the night to make it 6-4. The run was big because the Islanders cut the margin back to one, 6-5, in the seventh when Matt Holland slugged a solo homer to right field.
Rice added its final insurance run of the evening in the eighth. Hamilton singled to left, went to second via a hit batsman and third on a sacrifice by Chargois. Hamilton dashed for home on an Islander wild pitch that made it 7-5.
Owl senior reliever Tony Cingrani worked a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to earn his team-leading fifth save. Sophomore right-hander Tyler Duffey was the winning pitcher in relief after striking out four in 2.1 hitless innings. Seven Rice pitchers on the night combined for 14 strikeouts. Five Owls out of the bullpen held the Islanders in check with a single run over the final 7.1 frames.
On the offensive side, every Rice starter in the lineup had a base hit. The Owls reached double-digit hits for the 20th time this season and third time in the last four games.
Rice improved to 27-14 on the season while wrapping-up a six-game homestand.. The Islanders are now 22-19 overall.
The Blue & Gray return to C-USA action on April 22 with the first of a three-game league series at UAB. The Friday opener with the Blazers is set for 6:30 pm in Birmingham, Ala.
Baseball Tabbed as Preseason Favorite In C-USA ...
01/27/2016 - With two preseason all-conference players, including Blake Fox as the 2016 Preseason Pitcher of the Year, the Rice baseball team was picked to...
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.
- Top Videos /
- Online Store