Rice Owls Club Baseball

2015 #WoodWars Tournament Write-Up
October 12, 2015, 6:44 pm
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This past weekend, the Owls traveled to World Famous McKinney, TX for the annual #WoodWars tournament. Each year, around 20 of the world’s best club baseball teams face off at this tournament. Rice faced LoneStar College, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech in pool play. Unfortunately, much of the team had obligations to ACL, whose management wouldn’t reschedule despite how important #WoodWars is, leading to Rice fielding a team of only 10 players, two of which were injured.

Daniel Russell (’19 Will Rice) started the first game against Ole Miss, going four strong innings despite having a sprained ankle. However, the bats were quiet all game, with the only Owl’s run coming from a sacrifice fly by Peter Suzuki (’19 Martel). Kenan Davis (’18 Lovett) relieved the last two innings, with the Owls eventually losing 8-1. Highlights of the game include Josh Phipps’ (’18 Sid Richardson), Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan’s (’17 McMurtry) 2 hits, and an interesting story regarding the origin of the nickname “Hot fudge”. The bats remained quiet throughout the Swing-it Hitter’s challenge, with Chris Thomas’ (’18 Wiess) pitching performance stealing the show.

After a night of rest, the rejuvenated Owls took on eventual tournament champions Texas Tech. Unfortunately, starter Kenan Davis’s no-hitter was rudely broken up by Tech’s second batter. By the bottom of the second, the Owls were down 6-0, but what came next will go into club baseball lore forever. Russell began the inning with a well-placed bloop single, where he barely beat the throw from the left fielder. The Tech pitcher then walked Peter, allowing for Jared Broadman (’17 Lovett) to knock in an RBI double. With runners on second and third, Chris Thomas smashed a 2 RBI shot over the center fielder’s head, stretching it to a double despite not being able to run on his hurt foot. A sold out crowd of five were on their feet, bringing back memories of Kirk Gibson’s famous postseason home run. Isaac Goforth (’19 Will Rice) pinch ran for the injured Thomas, immediately stealing third, then home as Phipps struck out. Craig Broadman (’19 McMurtry) also scored in the inning following a Kenan Davis single and wild pitch.

This epic rally brought the Owls to within 1. Unfortunately, the Owls defense couldn’t hold the lead, despite Kenan’s solid three innings of work and relief appearances by Jared Broadman and Mr.President, Daniel Suzuki (’18 Hanzsen). The final score was 13-5. Fortunately, fungo golf and Chick-fil-a nuggets consoled the team after their loss. The golf course was a short one this week, as the other team was warming up for a baseball game. Kenan eventually won by a couple of strokes, backed by a magical hole-in-one.

Peter started the third game against LoneStar College D1, pitching 3 good innings. The team struggled at the plate again after expending so much energy on an epic near-comeback. Craig Broadman came in and provided 4 scoreless relief innings in a masterful appearance. In the final inning, the Owls almost mounted a comeback after Isaac’s single and Phipps’ 10 pitch walk, but LSC held on to win 8-1.

The Owls take on Tulane next on 11/21-11/22.

2015-2016 Fungo Golf Leaderboard

Pax- 1 win

Kenan- 1 win

Everbody else- 0 wins

Noteworthy- Many thanks to Mrs. Gopalkrishnan and Mrs. Davis for providing much needed food and beverages to the games…….This tournament marked the coaching debuts of club baseball legends Jake Hernandez and Jacob “Hurricane” Gildan……….This is the first time a Rice player has batted 1.000 in the #WoodWars tournament, although he may have only had one at-bat…….. Our self-proclaimed broken shoulder catcher threw two out this weekend, leading to speculation that his shoulder may not be broken…..Kenan Davis displayed his mastery of the L8 this weekend with seemingly every out coming that way……Daniel Suzuki may or may not be shunned from future social events due to his betraying choice of cars for the ride back….Despite a severely understaffed team, hockey was a smashing success