May 14, 2006
HOUSTON - No. 1 Rice broke open a close game with 10 unanswered runs in the middle three innings to take a 13-3 win over the 10th-ranked University of Houston baseball team Sunday in the finale of a Conference USA series and Game Three of the annual Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park.
The Cougars held a 3-2 lead after three innings but the Owls grabbed the lead for good with four runs in the fourth, one more in the fifth and five more in the sixth innings.
Senior outfielder Matt Weston went 2-for-3 with a run, home runs and team-high three RBIs. After homering for the third straight game against the Owls, the Chino Hills, Calif., was honored as the 2006 Silver Glove Series Most Outstanding Player.
UH starter Luis Flores collected the loss and fell to 7-5 after giving up six runs off eight hits with a strikeout in three innings of work.
UH reliever Craig Crow picked up the win and improved to 6-1 after holding the Cougars to three hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 shutout innings of work.
Joe Savery, who started on the mound, went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and game-high five RBIs to lead the Owls, who outhit UH 15-9. Outfielder Tyler Henley batted 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs, while infielder Brian Friday finished the day 3-for-4 with a home runs, three runs and three RBIs. Infielder Greg Buchanan batted 2-for-4 with two runs, two triples and two RBIs.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped to 35-19 overall, 18-6 C-USA, and enter the 2006 C-USA Tournament on May 24-28 at Reckling Park as the No. 2 seed. It also was the first time since March 17-18 that the Cougars lost consecutive games. Rice won the 2006 C-USA regular-season championship and improved to 42-10 overall, 19-2 C-USA..
The Cougars wrap up their 2006 regular-season schedule when they meet Sam Houston State at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Bearkat Baseball Complex. That game can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow play-by-play action by clicking on the "Live Stats" link on the schedule at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars scored the game's first runs in the first inning. After Isa Garcia lined a one-out double in the right-center gap, Matt Weston blasted a 1-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a 2-0 UH lead.
However, the Owls answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own on Brian Friday's RBI-single to left field and Savery's RBI-single up the middle.
The Cougars regained the lead in the third inning. Jake Stewart reached on a fielder's choice and moved all the way to third base on Isa Garcia's single down the right-field line. Weston then lifted a looping single into shallow left field to plate Stewart and hand the Cougars a 3-2 lead.
In the fourth inning, Savery laced a two-run homer to right field. Four batters later, Travis Reagan lifted an RBI-single into shallow center field with the bases loaded, and Tyler Henley reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Danny Lehmann to score the final run of the inning and hand the Owls a 6-3 lead.
Friday led off with a home run to right field in the Rice fifth inning.
In the sixth inning, the Owls took advantage of RBI-singles from Henley and Friday, a two-run double from Savery and a groundout that allowed Josh Rodriguez to score from third base for a commanding 12-3 lead.
One inning later, Buchanan slapped an RBI-single into the gap in left center to end the game after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
2006 Silver Glove All-Series Team
C - Danny Lehmann, Rice; 1B - Joe Savery, Rice; 2B - Isa Garcia, Houston; 3B - Josh Rodriguez, Rice; SS - Brian Friday, Rice; OF - Matt Weston, Houston; Tyler Henley, Rice; Aaron Luna, Rice; P - Brad Lincoln, Houston; Cole St. Clair, Rice; Wild Card - Craig Crow, Rice; Most Outstanding Player - Matt Weston, Houston.