April 26, 2005
HOUSTON - Josh Rodriguez's single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Joe Savery from third base and lifted No. 14 Rice to a 10-9 win over the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday in Game Four of the annual Sterling Bank Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park.
After reaching on a fielder's choice, Savery moved all the way to third base following Adam Hale's double to right center. Following an intentional walk to Lance Pendleton, Rodriguez lined a 3-2 fastball from UH reliever Matt Farrington into left field to end the game.
UH had tied the game in the top of the inning. After reaching on an infield single and moving to second base on a sacrifice bunt, Travis Tully knotted the game at 9-9 when Brad Lincoln laced an RBI-single into left field.
But before the Cougar rally, the Owls rebounded from an 8-1 deficit after four-and-a-half innings and an 8-4 deficit after six-and-a-half innings. Rice scored a single run in the seventh inning and appeared to have the game in hand after scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
With the win, the Owls won their sixth straight game against the Cougars dating back to the 2004 season. The Owls already won the 2005 Series for the fifth straight season by winning each of the first three games this season. Houston dropped to 18-22 overall.
Rice reliever Lance Pendleton earned the win and improved to 4-2 after holding the Cougars to one run off two hits with a strikeout in two innings. UH reliever Matt Farrington collected the loss and fell to 6-3 after giving up a run off three hits in 0.2 innings of work.
Sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 13 straight games. He also tied junior infielder Kevin Roberts for the longest streak by any UH slugger this season.
Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 3-for-5 with three runs and a double, while junior infielder Brad Lincoln batted 3-for-5 with a home runs, two runs and three RBIs to lead the Cougars who outhit Rice 14-12.
Greg Buchanan went 3-for-6 with two runs, while Joe Savery batted 2-for-6 with a run and three RBIs. Rodriguez batted 2-for-3 with three home runs, and Adam Hale batted 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
The Cougars return to action this weekend as they meet Conference USA rival and 28th-ranked TCU in a three-game series at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, starting at 7 p.m., Friday. The series continues at 2 p.m., Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Friday's game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM while Saturday's and Sunday's games will be broadcast live on KGBC 1540 AM. All three games also can be heard on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
In addition, fans can follow all the play-by-play action by clicking on the Gametracker link on the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in the third inning. Cody Waller led off with a single to left field and moved up a base on Travis Tully's bunt single. After Kori Williams' sacrifice bunt moved both runners up, Dustin Kingsbury lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to plate Waller.
Brad Lincoln then blasted an 0-1 offering over the right field wall to hand the Cougars a 3-0 lead.
The Owls cut into that lead in the bottom of the frame when Clay Reichenbach scored from third base after Greg Buchanan grounded out into a double play.
The Cougars got that run back in the top of the fourth and turned the tables on the Owls. After being hit by a pitch to lead off, Bryan Pounds moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Chris Joseph's single through the left side. Brian Temko then grounded into a double play to second base but not before Pounds scored and gave the Cougars a 4-1 lead.
UH pushed its lead to 8-1 in its next at bat. Tully led off with a double down the left field and Kori Williams, reached after being hit by a pitch. After both runners moved up on a wild pitch, Kingsbury laced a single down the right-field line to score both runners.
Brad Lincoln continued the rally with a single to right field, and Kevin Roberts' infield single loaded the bases with no outs. After back-to-back strikeouts, Brian Temko smashed a single up the middle to plate both Kingsbury and Lincoln before Roberts was thrown out trying to reach third base.
The Owls struck back in the bottom of the inning with three runs, courtesy of Joe Savery's bases-clearing double.
Two innings later, Adam Hale pulled the Owls to within 8-5 after racing in from third base following a wild pitch.
In the ninth inning, Hale's RBI-single plated Tyler Henley, and Josh Rodriguez's two-run single into left field tied the game at 8-8. After a walk to Lyndon Duplessis loaded the bases, Clay Reichenbach's infield single scored Pendleton to give the Owls a 9-8 lead.