Rice Owls Club Baseball

Rice sweeps tripleheader from UHD to end 2015 season
April 28, 2015, 12:12 am
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The Rice club baseball team finished the 2015 season strong with three consecutive wins over UHD on Sunday afternoon. Rice alumnus Alex Kendall provided the umpiring services for the entire series from behind the plate. Surprisingly, no Owls were ejected.

Game one featured Oscar Turner in the final starting pitching appearance of his club baseball career. With his number one fan in the crowd, Oscar stymied the Gators with ten strikeouts in a seven inning complete game 5-1 victory. The offense took a while to come around, with the Owls scoring four runs in the later innings to break open what had been a 1-0 game.

In game two, Jake Gildan started on the mound in his Rice club baseball pitching finale, and ended on a high note with a complete game shutout in an 11-0 (5inn) victory. His changeup had the overaggressive Gators guessing all afternoon. At one point, he needed just six pitches to retire six straight batters. The Owls made sure this game was in firm control from the start, scoring six runs in the first inning and cruising to a run-rule victory.

Game three of the hot muggy afternoon featured the long-awaited game debut of the Owls’ Sunday alternate pink jerseys. Mr. Sheriff Jordan Bley’s phone is reportedly ringing off the hook with requests from relatives of the UHD players for their own versions of the stylish jerseys. In a game that marked the final Rice club baseball appearance for six seniors on the team, Brody Weinrich, Ryan Monahan and Jacob Hernandez held the Gators in check on the mound before passing the torch on to the sizable freshman class as Will Bower finished the sweep with a knuckleball-filled seventh in a 9-3 win. The offense continued to roll in game three, as the Owls completed their best offensive season in recent memory with a nine run performance. The game featured many unusual fielding combinations, and provided a fun sendoff for the senior class.

Noteworthy: The Owls finished the regular season at 9-6, finishing one early season loss against LSC-Montgomery short of a potential wild card berth in the District 7 Playoffs. LSC is the at-large bid joining Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Southeast Missouri St. and Saint Louis in the playoff next weekend…The Owls finished the season with a .353 team batting average, with Chris Thomas leading the way at .556. Jake Gildan led the team on the mound with three wins…Special thanks to the Monahans, who provided the team with great food and drinks, awesome pictures, and a few supporters in the stands regardless of where we were playing for the past three years.


Rice swept by Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
April 19, 2015, 10:06 pm
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Rice lost all three games to defending national champions TAMU CoC, 10-5, 14-3 and 7-2. After jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead in game 1, little went right for the Owls on the field the rest of the series.

Off the field, many of the Owls were captivated by the numerous cultural opportunities in the booming metropolis of Franklin, Texas, most notably a drive-thru safari and award-winning cuisine around every corner. In a difficult decision, the team chose not to attend the Franklin High School prom on Saturday night.

Noteworthy: With the losses, Rice is effectively eliminated from postseason contention…The Owls will be back in action next weekend to close out the season against UHD…Josh Phipps will be getting a new tooth on May 14th.

‘Hurricane’ Jake Gildan hits home run, TCU forfeits
April 12, 2015, 9:27 pm
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Rice traveled to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to face TCU, winning the three game series two games to one.

In game one, Chris Thomas started on the mound and pitched six strong innings in a tightly contested game, earning the W in a 5-4 Rice win. Chris was also a key piece of the offensive effort, notching three hits. Will Bower logged the save to secure the Rice win in what was a (surprisingly) well-played ballgame between fairly evenly matched teams, reminiscent of the game between Rice and TCU last fall at Wood Wars that resulted in a 4-3 Rice win.

Game two had some historical significance for the Owls before turning sour in an 11-4 loss (5inn, hurricane). Jake Gildan started on the mound, and battled through a bruised push-off foot for three innings in a no-decision. Jake helped himself out at the plate, dropping a three-run bomb to straightaway center field to give the Owls a 4-3 lead in the 4th inning. This was the first home run for the Rice club baseball team since the spring of 2011, before any current members of the team attended Rice. The aftermath of the hurricane left the field in poor shape, and the Horned Frogs were the beneficiaries of several unfortunate bounces and some defensive miscues by the Owls as the game ran out of daylight the next inning.

Game three turned out to be a TCU forfeit, resulting in a 7-0 Rice victory. On Sunday at the hallowed grounds of Z Boaz Park, often confused with Augusta National, the Owls took to perhaps the most intriguing fungo golf course they’ve ever played. For a full nine holes, the Owls battled it out and by the end of the day Oscar Turner reigned supreme.

Rice is back in action next weekend as they face defending DII national champions TAMU Corps of Cadets in Franklin, Tx, for the first time since falling to the Aggies in the 2012 District 7 championship series.