Red Raiders Fall To Fourth-Ranked Rice, 5-1|
Feb. 10, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice pitchers Eddie Degerman and Cole St. Clair combined for 14 strikeouts to lead the fourth-ranked Owls to a 5-1 win over Texas Tech on Friday afternoon at the 2006 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The loss was the first of the season for the Red Raiders who fall to 3-1 while Rice improves to 3-0.
Rice took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI double by first baseman Joe Savery and a sacrifice fly by Chad Lembeck. The Owl scoring broke an early pitcher's dual by Tech's Josh Tomlin and Rice's Eddie Degerman as both pitchers combined to retire the first 15 hitters of the game.
Sophomore catcher Matt Smith plated Tech's only run of the game in the top of the sixth that pulled the Red Raiders within one (2-1). Smith belted an RBI double down the left field line that allowed Joey Callender to score easily from second.
Rice freshman Aaron Luna put the game out of reach for the Red Raiders in the sixth when he laced a two-run home run deep in the bleachers in right field. The home was his fourth of the young season.
Degerman (1-0) picked up the win for Rice by allowing just one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings while Cole St. Clair earned the save by pitching the final 3 1/3. Both Rice pitchers combined to for a total of 14 strikeouts while holding Tech's offense to just two hits.
The Red Raiders continue play in the Houston College Classic on Saturday afternoon against 12th-ranked Tulane. First pitch is set for Noon at Minute Maid Park.