Rice Owls Club Baseball

Turner no-hitter highlights Rice sweep over Lamar
February 22, 2015, 10:34 pm
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For a three game series that involved two come-from-behind victories and a walkoff no hitter for the Owls, Rice’s three game sweep over Lamar was actually devoid of much drama at all. In a battle of proud bird species, the Owls proved themselves to be superior to the Cardinals this weekend (sorry Brody).

In game one Chris Thomas was strong on the mound, striking out 10 batters over six innings in a 9-2 Rice win. The Owls offense took advantage of some early Lamar miscues to score seven straight runs after trailing 1-0.

In game two, recently minted President Jake Gildan went six solid innings on the mound, retiring 10 straight batters at one point in an 11-2 Rice win, his fourth straight conference win dating back to last season. Again the Owls easily overcame a 1-0 deficit with a five-run bottom of the first and cruised to the series win.

The game three forecast of 100% chance of rain must have actually been referring to Oscar Turner (fka. Rainbow Warrior), who channeled his inner Henderson Alvarez (thumbs up if you get the reference) in producing the ever-rare walkoff no-hitter (by 10 run rule, but still pretty cool). The Owls completed the sweep with a 10-0 (5 inn) win as Oscar scattered just three walks and zero hits over 5 innings and put his work gloves to use at the plate with 4 rbi.

The Owls had many solid performances at the plate highlighted by Kenan Davis, who reached base in 10 of his 11 plate appearances and scored an incredible 8 runs over the three game series.

Noteworthy: 2015 is Lamar’s first season in the NCBA, and this was their first ever series as a club. Good luck to them moving forward…The Rice series sweep snapped a streak of five straight conference series losses (excepting forfeits) dating back to 2013.


Rice wins one of three against Lonestar DII
February 9, 2015, 4:55 pm
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This past weekend, Rice faced off against LSC Montgomery in their first conference series of the season. The Owls dropped the series two games to one.

In game one, the Owls offense was stymied in an 8-0 loss. Despite the shutout, Rice actually showed some promise at the plate, but had some poor luck with placement, as well as a few baserunning mistakes. Freshman Chris Thomas (spirit animal: dog) started on the mound for the Owls, and after being rudely welcomed to the game by the Lonestar #5 hitter, settled in for the rest of his start.

Game two was a different story, as Rice beat LSC Montgomery 13-5. Like the frequent freight trains running behind the left field fence at Spring Klein Park, the Owls offense was chugging along all afternoon. Jake Gildan started on the mound, and was able to avoid the big inning while pitching with the lead, going 5 steady innings for the win. Brody Weinrich was solid in relief, pitching two innings to finish the game.

The game three rubber match didn’t go the Owls way, as they were stung by the LSC offense in a 17-7 (6 inn.) loss. The Rice offense was again a bright spot and kept the Owls in it for a while, but in the end they succumbed to an ignominious mercy rule loss.

The Owls had many solid hitting performances over the weekend, as Jake Hernandez led the way with 6 hits, 5 runs and 3 stolen bases over the weekend. Kenan Davis, Chris Thomas and Daniel Suzuki all also hit over .500 for the weekend.

Noteworthy: Jake Gildan has been the pitcher of record in the Owls’ last three conference wins dating back to last season. Living legend Zach Satira (’13) was the last other person to win a conference game for the Owls, in the 2013 conference championship series against SFA (aka. the “throw it all” game) … The LSC coach was fascinated to find that Rice freshman Perry Goldstein shared his first name, and expressed this amazement repeatedly throughout game 3 of the series … Many rounds of fungo golf were played, but the winners were not reported to this publication in time for print.