Rice Owls Club Baseball

Rice takes 1 of 3 from Tulane
November 27, 2015, 11:21 am
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Rice club baseball traveled to New Orleans to face Tulane in a three game series this past weekend. After an eventful 6-hour drive, the team stepped right out of their cars onto the field. Chris Thomas (’18 Wiess) started the first game with Daniel Suzuki (’18 Hanszen) starting behind the plate. After retiring the first 9 batters in a row in quick innings, Thomas struggled through the next two innings, ending with a solid line of 5 innings pitched with 4 runs allowed. Peter Suzuki (’19 Martel) had a strong appearance at the plate with a 2 RBI double, and Daniel Weinberg (’19 Wiess) pitched well in the last two innings. Although he pitched a scoreless inning despite loading the bases, in the next inning Tulane walked off on an infield ground ball. Rice lost 5-4.

With the large amount of people there, two games of fungo golf were played during the break in between games. The course, an all turf field, played extremely fast. This led to most holes being par 3 at most. Pax Kaplan-Sherman (’18 McMurtry) and Perry Goldstein (’18 Wiess) both won their respective fungo golf games. Pax is leading the fungo golf tour this year and is currently undefeated.

Game two led to the pitching debut of Sam Zapp (’18 McMurtry). Despite a rough game partially due to low visibility for the outfielders, Zapp showed flashes of brilliance. He has a bright club future ahead of him.  Craig Broadman (’19 McMurtry) relieved, along with Travis Guzzardo (’16 Sid Richardson) making his pitching debut to close out the game. Pax, after entering the game for a mysteriously disappeared Chris Thomas, broke up a no hitter with a clutch single. The game ended with Tulane winning 13-0.

After a night exploring the city of New Orleans, the team woke up early for a final morning game on Sunday. Will Bower (’18 Duncan) started the game, going 4 solid innings with 4 runs allowed in front of his supporting friends and family. Kenan Davis (’18 Lovett) and Chris Thomas both had solid games at the plate, and Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan (’17 McMurtry) continued his torrid pace of reaching on errors. Daniel Weinberg closed the final three innings, allowing only one run. Despite a tense final inning consisting of a lot of sinkerballs thrown from third, the Owls pulled through to win 6-5.

Up next is for the Owls is a crucial soccer match against the women’s club soccer team on December 5th.

2015-2016 Fungo Golf Leaderboard                                                                               Pax- 2 wins                                                                                                                           Kenan, Perry- 1 win                                                                                                           Everybody else- 0 wins

Noteworthy- Series MVPs go to Mr. and Mrs. Bower for providing food and beverages both during and after games, thank you so much!………Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan is the luckiest baseball player of all time. He batted 0-10, but reached base on 7 errors……….Kenan seems to have overcome his bout of Vasovagal Syncope………………Chris Thomas is now boycotting Cane’s