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.


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