Rice: Decisive third game tomorrow

By Jonathan Yardley - February 17, 2007

I expected nothing less - Rice and Long Beach State split the first two games and will decide the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Long Beach State did not have enough pitching today to overcome the injury suffered by No. 2 starter Manny McElroy last week, and Rice's offense finally came to play in the latter innings.

The decisive blows came from second baseman Aaron Luna, who was hitting .091 (2-for-22) coming into the game. It may have been Rice's changes designed to improve karma - wearing blue jerseys for the first time and Joe Savery getting rid of his batting gloves. Or it could just be baseball.

Tomorrow's finale should be more similar to Friday night's game. Lefthanders Joe Savery (Rice) and Omar Arif (LBSU) will square off, and although Savery will likely be on a pitch count, it will likely produce another low-scoring game. Long Beach should have its Friday relievers - Andrew Liebel and Bryan Shaw - available tomorrow.

Let's wrap it up with some totals.
LBSU 2 7 1
Rice 11 10 0

W-Berry (2-0)
L-Peterson (0-1)

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 06:14 PM on February 17, 2007

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