Junior Blake Kelso
May 18, 2010
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team lost the Silver Glove Series finale to Rice 15-5 on Tuesday night at Cougar Field. The Cougars will now travel east for the regular-season finale against East Carolina, beginning Thursday.
With the win, Rice finished 5-0 against the Cougars in the annual Silver Glove Series in 2010. Houston fell to 22-29 on the season, while the Owls improved to 33-19.
On the mound, reliever Mo Wiley collected the loss and fell to 4-3 after giving up a run off a hit without recording an out.
Five different Rice hitters rapped out at least two hits in the win. Rick Hague went 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs and four RBIs, while Diego Seastrunk batted 3-for-3 with three runs, two runs and a pair of walks. Michael Ratterree went 2-for-5 with two runs, two home runs and a game-high six RBIs, while Anthony Rendon finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs, a home run and three RBIs.
The Owls didn't waste any time, scoring three runs in their first at bat. Chad Mozingo recorded a leadoff double and scored on the next at bat. With a runner on first, Rendon hit a two run homer over the left field fence, giving Rice the early lead.
Houston looked to strike in the bottom of the inning, putting two runners on base, but M.P. Cokinos grounded into a double play to end the inning.
After Rice went scoreless in the top of the second, Caleb Ramsey led off the home half with a walk and scored on Morehouse's single through the middle. Ryan Still then helped Houston score its second run, reaching on a fielder's choice to the plate, but Taylor Wall's errant throw allowed Austin Gracey to score. Kelso put the Cougars on top with a double to the right field corner that scored two UH base runners.
After three scoreless innings, the Owls took back the lead in the top of the sixth off Ratterree's three-run homer. They then added to their total, scoring five runs in the seventh inning and three in the eighth. A single run in the ninth inning gave Rice its final total.
ALL-SILVER GLOVE SERIES TEAM
Following the conclusion of the Silver Glove Series, the All-Silver Glove Series Team was announced. Those athletes include: pitchers Taylor Wall (Rice), Jared Rogers (Rice), Matt Creel (Houston), catcher Chris Wallace (Houston), first baseman Jimmy Comerota (Rice), second baseman Michael Ratterree (Rice), third baseman Anthony Rendon (Rice), shortstop Blake Kelso (Houston), outfielder Jeremy Rathjen (Rice), Zak Presley (Houston), Caleb Ramsey (Houston), Joel Ansley (Houston) and the wild card was Rick Hague (Rice).
Rice's Chad Mozingo was recognized as the Silver Glove Series MVP.
Houston will close out the 2010 regular season, traveling to East Carolina for a three-game series Thursday through Saturday. UH then returns to Cougar Field to play host to the 2010 Conference USA Championship on May 26-29.