Rice Owls Club Baseball

Rice Takes All Three From TCU
February 21, 2016, 5:54 pm
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The Rice Owls hosted TCU this past weekend for a three game series. Chris Thomas (’18 Wiess) started the Saturday night game with a solid 4 inning, 2 run appearance. Daniel Weinberg (’19 Wiess) relieved for the rest of the game, giving up no runs in 3 innings. Rice was behind for much of the game, however, a clutch hit by Sanjiv Golpalkrishnan (’17 McMurtry) in the 5th inning scored two. In the 6th, Sam Zapp (’18 McMurtry) made a beautiful diving play in center to save two runs. The Owls won the game 3-2 for their first win of the season.

For the first game of the Sunday doubleheader, Will Bower (’18 Duncan) started, throwing 5 scoreless innings. Sam Zapp relieved the last two innings, giving up one run. Kenan Davis (’18 Lovett) knocked in 3 RBI’s and Jacob Song (’19 Wiess) threw a bullet from center to third to get the final out. Rice won 6-1.

After his relief appearance, Sam Zapp started the first 3 innings of the final game of the series. He had a solid appearance, giving up only 2 runs. Both Perry Goldstein (’18 Wiess) and Daniel Weinberg relieved 2 innings. David Almog (‘Year Unknown Martel) made a clutch backpedaling catch in the 6th to save a run, and despite a stressful final inning, the Owls won 6-5.

With the sweep, Rice now is 3-3 and looks to carry this momentum to their next series against UHD on March 12-13.

The Saturday afternoon fungo golf game was played on a traditional course with few hazards and long drives. Pax Kaplan-Sherman (’18 McMurtry) extended his lead on the year with a win, and David Almog also won in another game. Sunday’s game saw Travis Guzzardo (’16 Sid Richardson) taking a win using a mini-bat, and underdog Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan winning for his first time ever, beating the heavy favorite Pax by 2 strokes. This ended Pax’s months long streak of wins. However, he is still very far ahead on the leaderboard. Vegas odds put Pax at a 82.79% of winning the Club Baseball Tour.


2015-2016 Fungo Golf Leaderboard

Pax- 6 wins

Kenan, Perry, Travis, David, Sanjiv- 1 win

Everybody else- 0 wins

Noteworthy- Two previous club baseball players, Luis Jarma (’16 McMurtry) and Jacob “Hurricane” Gildan (’15 Lovett) made guest appearances in the dugout this weekend…….the opposing team attempted to poison our tacos Saturday night, however they mistakenly gave one of Kenan’s fans food poisoning instead.……Will Bower led a protest against club baseball leadership through the GroupMe, leading later game departure times…….The previous team in the dugout left some “Athletic Body Wipes’ for the Rice team. They saw Sanjiv and decided to leave them for his “athletic body”………Thanks to Daniel (’18 Hanszen) and Peter Suzuki’s (’19 Martel) uncle for the water!


LSC Sweeps Rice
February 17, 2016, 8:47 pm
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This past weekend, LSC Montgomery traveled to face Rice Club baseball for a weekend series in Houston. Chris Thomas (’18 Wiess) started the first game under the lights, going six strong innings while giving up six runs. Daniel Weinberg (’19 Wiess) closed the last inning. Despite getting many runners on base, the Rice bats never got hot and Rice ended up with an 8-2 loss. Will Bower (’18 Duncan) started the next game Sunday morning. In front of club baseball alumni and no-no thrower Oscar Turner (’15), Bower threw a complete game, giving up five runs. However, the bats couldn’t support the strong pitching performance. Rice lost 5-3. Sam Zapp (’18 McMurtry) started the final game of the series and pitched very well, going six strong, with Weinberg closing. Despite having two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, Rice couldn’t score enough runs, and ended up losing 2-1.

Each game was extremely close. Rice was only a few key mistakes and a little bit of good luck away from winning all three games. The rest of the season still looks promising for the owls!

Three games of fungo golf were played this past weekend. The first ended with Pax Kaplan-Sherman (’18 McMurtry) winning by one stroke over Chris Thomas. In the second game, in which Weinberg wielded the mini-bat and hit cars in honor of the absent Thomas, was extremely intense. Perry Goldstein (’18 Wiess) forced a two-hole playoff against Pax after choking on an easy putt on the final hole. Pax capitalized on Perry’s key mistake and won this game also. For the third game, despite new competition from coach Jake Hernandez (’15 Sid Richardson)  Pax still won easily. He went undefeated over the weekend, and pulls way ahead in this year’s Fungo Golf Leaderboard. Can anyone catch up?

The Owls face TCU next on the 20th for a weekend series at home.

2015-2016 Fungo Golf Leaderboard

Pax- 5 wins

Kenan, Perry- 1 win

Everybody else- 0 wins

Noteworthy- Apparently the Kolache factory thinks Will is a varsity baseball member. They must have mistaken him for Sanjiv…………Daniel Russell (’19 Will Rice) brought his full arsenal of distractions to the basepaths, nearly causing an LSC pitcher to be ejected….Rumors say LSC is consider rehiring their coach Perry, who was fascinated last year that the Rice team had a player of the same name……….Thanks to Daniel (’18 Hanszen) and Peter Suzuki’s (’19 Martel) uncle for the water!….