Feb. 23, 2011
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SAN MARCOS, Tex. -- The Rice baseball team took a late lead and then hung-on for an 11-10 victory over Texas State Wednesday evening at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tex.
Texas State did most of its offensive work early, and late, in the contest. The first four Bobcats strung together consecutive singles to put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning for a 3-0 advantage.
The Owls tied the game with two out in the top of the third on four-straight hits. J.T. Chargois bunted for a single down the left base-line and Anthony Rendon laced a single into left. The runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and came home on a base hit by Jeremy Rathjen. Rathjen then scored from first base on a single by Craig Manuel that made it 3-3.
Rice took advantage of some Bobcat miscues to move in front in the fifth. Rendon and Manuel both reached base on fielding errors and Ryan Lewis delivered a two-out double to right-center that brought both home for a 5-3 Owl lead.
Texas State's Casey Kalenkosky led off the fifth with a solo homer to cut the lead to one, 5-4, but the Owls quickly made it 7-4 in the top of the sixth. Geoff Perrott led off with a base hit and Michael Ratterree followed with a towering homer to left field.
The Bobcats tallied a run in the seventh after Cody Gambill was hit by a pitch and Jeff McVaney drew a walk. Gambill advanced to third on a deep fly-out to center and scored on a wild pitch that made it 7-5. Rice ended the threat with back-to-back strikeouts by Tyler Duffey.
The Blue & Gray answered with a big, four-run eighth. Ratterree drew a one-out walk and scored after consecutive singles by Chargois and Rendon. With two men still on base, Rathjen slugged a homer to left. His first round-tripper stretched the margin to 11-5.
The runs proved to be critical because State would not go away so easily at home. The Bobcats rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth before the Owls ended the threat. The big blow was a grand slam homer by Kyle Kubitza after Rice loaded the bases on a walk and three hits.
The Owls improved to 2-3 overall. Texas State is now 2-2 on the season. Rice next hosts 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.