It was a gorgeous day for a ball-game yesterday at the Rice-UT baseball game at Reckling Park. A record crowd of 6, 193 fans agreed with me. And it marked the second time this season that Rice has picked off a number one ranked team. The final score was 6-3 and it was a great game. It had everything, home-runs, steals, and screaming coaches.
The game started off quiet with good pitching and defensive plays for both teams through the first two innings. In the bottom of the third Rice tallied a lone run that was matched by UT in the top of the fourth. UT pulled ahead in the top of the fifth with an unearned run. It was the bottom of the fifth where Rice reclaimed the lead and broke things open, scoring four runs, on the back of a Rick Hague two-run homer. UT came back in the top of the sixth with a run, closing the gap to 5-3. That’s as close as they would get when in the seventh Chad Mozingo scored on what was first called a dropped ball in the outfield but was then recorded as an out. The umps allowed the score to stand even with the call of the out. The point became moot, when the next batter singled, which would have scored the run even if the umps had pulled Mozingo back to third instead of allowing his run on the previous play. UT coach Augie Garrido spent a good deal of time yelling at the umps that inning, first because of the call they reversed (the dropped ball into a fly-out) and then because he wanted the score removed.
The final innings were scoreless for both teams as the pitching and defense pulled it in. All in all, it was a game that was well-played by both teams.