Feb. 22, 2011
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HOUSTON -- The Lamar baseball team collected for 23 hits, including seven for extra-bases, on the way to a 12-7 win Tuesday evening (Feb. 22) at Rice's Reckling Park in Houston.
Lamar opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning before adding five more on six hits in the third. The Owls scored a run in the bottom of the inning on the first of Ryan Lewis' three hits on the night, and a sacrifice fly by Shane Hoelscher, to make it 7-1 .
The Cardinals answered with two in the top of the fourth to go ahead 9-1, but Rice came right back with two in the bottom of the frame after Anthony Rendon and Jeremy Rathjen stroked back-to-back hits. Rendon scored on a sacrifice fly by Craig Manuel and Rathjen came home on a Ryan Lewis single to make it 9-3.
Lamar stretched the margin to 12-3 with two more runs in the fifth and one in the six, but the Blue & Gray fought to the end. In the bottom of the ninth inning Rice batted around on the way to putting four runs on the scoreboard to make it a 12-7 game. The big blow was sophomore Chase McDowell's first collegiate home run that cleared the wall in left field to drive in three.
At 12-7 and with two away the Owls were still looking for more. After McDowell's round-tripper, J.T. Chargois drew a walk and singles by Rendon and Rathjen loaded the bases. Even though Rice had trailed by nine runs heading into their final three innings, the Owls managed to put the potential tying run on-deck when the Cardinals finally worked out danger.
Lamar improved to 2-3 on the young season. The Owls dropped to 1-3 overall.
Rice next plays at longtime rival Texas State on Wednesday evening (Feb. 23) before returning home to host Pac-10 power Southern California over the weekend (Feb. 25-27). Start times against USC are set for 4:30 pm, 2 pm and 1 pm, respectively, at Reckling Park.