Rice: 4-2 Owls in the seventh

By Jonathan Yardley - February 17, 2007


We've finally found some offense in this game, with the teams combining for four runs in a span of three half innings, and Rice now has a 4-2 lead as we go to the seventh.

We've finally found some offense in this game, with the teams combining for four runs in a span of three half innings, and Rice now has a 4-2 lead as we go to the seventh.

Mike Weathers outfoxed Wayne Graham in the fifth, calling for a pitchout that enabled Long Beach State to catch Brian Friday stealing.

I loved this move by Weathers – it’s a classic from managers. After home plate umpire David Rogers called a wide strike on Danny Espinosa, who was showing bunt on the play, Weathers came out of the dugout and grandly asked – gesturing all the while – whether Rogers had called the strike on the pitch or the bunt attempt. While not technically classified as “arguing balls and strikes,” it was Weathers’ way of letting Rogers know he disagreed with the call.

After hitting with batting gloves for his first seven at-bats of the weekend (which included an RBI double), Joe Savery returned to a barehanded approach and socked an RBI double to the gap in right-center, giving Rice a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 05:13 PM on February 17, 2007
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