Rice Owls Club Baseball


Rice With Strong Start to Season!
February 20, 2017, 11:03 pm
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Club baseball season has officially begun! The Rice Owls played a series against Lamar this past weekend and a double header against UH the weekend before.

For the first game of the season, with a fan base at the start of the game consisting of a pair of stray dogs and an extra set of umpires, the Owls started Daniel Russell (’19 Will Rice). He went 5 strong and the Owls got off to a hot start, putting up 7 in the first, but failed to hold on to the lead. Daniel Russell (’19 Wiess) started the second game in his first official conference start and went 4 strong innings. Will Bower (’18 Duncan) and Perry Goldstein (’18 Wiess) came in shutdown relief in each respective game.  Hot hitters of the day included Craig Broadman (’19 McMurtry), who somehow also had a straight steal of home. The Owls lost the first game 11-8 and won the second 7-6.

As for the fungo golf game, heavy season favorite Pax Kaplan-Sherman (’18 McMurtry) wasn’t there to participate, so others had the opportunity to pull ahead in the standings. Craig played an extremely fundamental and disciplined game to beat the field. It’s his first fungo golf win ever!

With the doubleheader and a lot of errors out of the way, the Owls hosted Lamar the next week at the beautiful new Mason Park stadium. However, due to heavy rains and a massive puddle at first base, Rice had to scoop mud with the ball bucket and buy multiple emergency field maintenance tools to make the field playable for the delayed start time. Despite this intense work, the park rangers were extremely angry with the team for trying to maintain the field and took pictures of the pile of mud claiming there would be damages if we didn’t fix that. So after the game, just in time for another adult league game, the Owls moved the mud back onto the field because that makes a lot of sense.

As for the games themselves, Sam Zapp (’18 McMurtry) started the first game against a Lamar pitcher with a beard much like a garden gnome’s. He ended up pitching well for the whole game. Supported by a Kenan Davis (’18 Lovett) homerun, the Owls won 3-2. The second game, started by Will Bower, turned into a game pitched by committee, with Henry Lanaer (’19 Hanszen) and Daniel Russell each contributing solid innings. In a close game, Pax ran home from second on a bunt and took flight to evade the catcher’s tag. With multiple double plays in the game and dazzling scoops, Rice could get enough outs to put away Lamar’s attempt at a comeback. Rice won 7-5.

The fungo golf course was a fairly standard one, albeit a bit small. Pax notched his first win on the season in the first game, and in a three person playoff between Perry, Pax, and Carter Taft (’20 Wiess), Perry pulled away with the win in the second game. He is now on top of this year’s leaderboards.

Lucas Cadalzo (’17 Brown) started in his first conference series for the Sunday game of the series. With a large crowd watching and loud Hispanic music in the background, he pitched very well, with a surprising amount of slow comebackers back to him. He went 5 extremely strong innings against Lamar’s ace, a hard-throwing lefty. In the bottom of the 5th, Pax had a RBI single and rattled the pitcher to help tie the game at 2. Unfortunately, some errors led to Lamar scoring in the top of the 7th. Rice loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and interestingly also pinch ran Ben Ruben (’20 McMurtry), but couldn’t score a tying run in an intense ending. Rice lost 3-2.

Looking ahead, Rice has a non-conference series against LSC DII this upcoming weekend and a series against HCC the weekend after. With UHD forfeiting the season, Rice just needs to win the HCC series and sweep Nichols State to secure the number one seed in the conference. As for the equally important fungo golf season, Perry has pulled one game ahead, but still has to fight off defending champ Pax, rising sophomore Craig, and potential rookie superstar Carter Taft (’20 Wiess).

2016-2017 Fungo Golf Leaderboard

2- Perry Goldstein

1- Will Bower, Craig Broadman, Pax Kaplan-Sherman

0- Everyone else

Notes-

Thanks to Daniel Russell’s Mom and “the Sanjiv’s” for the snacks and drinks…..Lamar’s “coach”, who we nicknamed “Touchy”, made some very interesting comments throughout the game both to us and his own team…..It seems the Jacob “Hurricane” Gildan (’15 Lovett) is joining Jake Hernandez (’15 Sid Richardson) to coach the team this fall… He made very good friends with Touchy at first base….. Also thanks to Jake (Hernandez) for working so hard during pregame to make the fields playable, along with the expertise of professional groundskeeper Luis Jarma (’16 McMurtry)…Some team members want to thank La Tapatia for providing excellent postgame service. They somehow split a check 20 ways….

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