Ninth Inning Rally Pushes No. 9 Rice Past Texas Tech
March 6, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice shortstop Rick Hague dropped a bloop single into left field in the top of the ninth that broke a 2-2 tie and the ninth-ranked Owls held on for a 3-2 win over Texas Tech in front of 9,817 fans tonight at Minute Maid Park.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 7-4 on the season and gives the Red Raiders their first losing streak of the year as they have now lost their last two. Rice improves to 6-5 and has now won 13-straight games against Tech.
Trailing 2-0 in the seventh and having only mustered one hit all night, senior right fielder Bonham Hough got Tech back into the ballgame when he blasted a two-run home run to left that tied the game at 2-2. The home run scored Taylor Ashby who drew a two-out walk in the frame and it was Hough's first home run of the season.
Rice got a solo home run from Anthony Rendon in the second inning and pushed its lead to 2-0 on an RBI single by Jeremy Rathjen in the fourth.
Pitching has certainly dominated this year's Houston College Classic and tonight was no different as Tech's Bobby Doran and Rice's Tony Cingrani put on a clinic for the nine thousand-plus in attendance. Doran went seven strong innings for the Red Raiders allowing just two runs on seven hits while striking out five Rice hitters. Cingrani held Tech to just two runs on two hits over 6 2/3 innings and struckout four.
Junior closer Jay Johson (0-2) took the loss for Tech as he gave up a single run in the ninth after walking the first batter of the inning and hit the next. Tyler Duffey pitched a flawless ninth for his first save.
Texas Tech will close out the Houston College Classic on Sunday afternoon when the Red Raiders face the Houston Cougars. First pitch at Minute Maid Park is set for 2:30 p.m.