Rice Owls Club Baseball

Rice wins season finale against LSU
April 27, 2014, 8:25 pm
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After losing the first two games of the series, Rice beat LSU to finish the 2013-14 season on a positive note. The Owls made their second trip to eastern Louisiana in three weeks, and the travel may have had a factor as the Owls dropped the first game 4-1. Senior Daniel Kaplan, in the final start of his Rice Club Baseball career, pitched decently but took the loss as the bats lay dormant. Also, in the pregame fungo golf tournament, many players had below average showings while Oscar Turner dominated the field.

Game two had a different feel, but the same result, as the Owls lost 10-6. Oscar Turner started for Rice and pitched into the sixth inning, before All-Star senior catcher and infielder Alex Kendall made his first and last appearance on the mound for the Owls, striking out the last batter of the inning on a hit-by-pitch the batter swung at. The Owls climbed out of a 6-0 hole to get within one at 7-6, but couldn’t quite get over the hump as LSU pulled away.

The Owls finished the disappointing 2014 campaign with a rousing 12-4 win over LSU. Starting pitcher Jake Gildan played the role of stopper for the second time this season, pitching the first complete game of his career for the victory. In an efficient showing on the mound, Jake threw 91 pitches and didn’t walk anyone in 7 innings of work. At the plate, the Owls finally lived up to what they are capable of, scoring 12 runs, their highest output of the season. In the final at-bat of his illustrious and decorated career, Alex Kendall hit a three-run double that nearly cleared the wall for a grand slam. Jake Gildan gave himself some run support with a two-run double, and Brody Weinrich had three RBIs as well.

Notables: Rice finished the 2013-14 year at 7-12 (5-7 District VII East)… Jake Gildan started and earned the win in both of Rice’s conference wins that weren’t by forfeit. As a result, the author of this prestigious publication has unbiasedly nominated him for Rice Club Baseball pitcher of the year… Chris Brown and John Stretton have retired as coaches of the team, and we thank them for their time and support. Alex Kendall and Daniel Kaplan are reportedly already in contract talks with team officials about becoming the coaches next season… We’d also like to thank Ryan Monahan’s parents for supporting us and providing the team with food and drinks at nearly every game this season, no matter the location.


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