Red Raiders Fall To Eighth-Ranked Rice, 5-1
March 10, 2007
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Rice freshman right-hander Ryan Berry struckout a season-high 11 batters over seven innings to lead the Owls to a 5-1 win over Texas Tech on Saturday evening in the Whataburger College Classic at Whataburger Field.
The win extends the Rice win streak to 11-games over the Red Raiders and Tech falls to 14-7 on the season while the Owls improve to 13-7.
Texas Tech struck first as the Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Junior center fielder Doug Thennis laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that allowed Joey Kenworthy to score easily from third. Kenworthy got on base with one out in the inning after being hit by Rice starter Ryan Berry. Kenworthy moved over to third on a hit by Chris Hall and then a fielding error by Rice center fielder Tyler Henley.
Rice took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the fourth when Jordan Dodson blasted a two-run home run to left center field. The home run was his third of the season.
The Owls extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Tech pitcher Aaron Odom hit Dodson with the bases loaded and that allowed to Chad Lembeck to score.
Senior left-hander Aaron Odom (3-1) suffered the loss for Texas Tech as he gave up four runs (three earned) on eights hits over six innings of work. Ryan Berry (3-0) remained undefeated on the season as he struckout 11 Tech hitters over seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits.
Texas Tech will complete play in the 2007 Whataburger College Classic on Sunday afternoon when the Red Raiders face the TCU Horned Frogs at noon.
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