Rice: Bases loaded, nobody out for LBSU

By Jonathan Yardley - February 16, 2007

Rice took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, but Long Beach State is rallying as we speak in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out.

With the triple play getting the crowd into the game, Rice’s offense answered the call in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jess Buenger roped a single up the middle to start the inning, then danced off first base just enough to distract Worley. Joe Savery worked the count and then roped a double down the left-field line that caromed off the chain-link fence and eluded leftfielder Allen Woods, allowing Buenger to score.

Fresman Diego Seastrunk then executed an underrated play, chopping a grounder to second base to advance Savery to third with only one out. The Rice crowd responded, giving Seastrunk a healthy round of applause on his way off the field. Worley then had two close pitches called balls against Chad Lembeck before inducing a fly-out to very shallow right field, holding Savery at third with two outs. Danny Lehmann then hit a check-swing chopper to the right side, and Long Beach second baseman Matt Cline made an excellent barehanded pickup and throw across his body to nip Lehmann and keep it a 1-0 game after four innings.

Long Beach State immediately put more pressure on Rice in the top of the fifth. Steve Tinoco’s bouncer up the middle could have been a hit but was mishandled by Buenger anyway. Jason Tweedy followed with a double to the gap, and Kip Masuda was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Five of the last six batters have reached against Kelley, but the Rice bullpen has only just started to get loose.

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 06:23 PM on February 16, 2007

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