Rice: Dodson helps Owls break it open

By Jonathan Yardley - February 25, 2007

Rice has extended its lead to 8-1 in the sixth inning, going for its first undefeated weekend of the year. Leftfielder Jordan Dodson, who entered the game hitting .160, is 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and three runs driven in. Rice lefty Joe Savery left the game with the 8-1 lead after five innings.

Joe Savery completed his five innings right on his 75-pitch count. It was a successful stint, but not a dominating one – the Islanders had at least one baserunner in each inning, and Savery’s velocity did not appear up to its admittedly lofty standard. He struck out four and walked two in five innings of work.

A&M-Corpus notched a run in the fifth on a long double to straightaway center field that turned Rice’s Tyler Henley inside and out like a pretzel. Two outs later, a Bryan Gerondale blooper into shallow center barely eluded Henley’s dive to plate the runner. Savery settled down and dominated lefthanded cleanup batter Jason Graham with a three-pitch strikeout that included several filthy curveballs, thereby ending his stint. Next week’s start at Cal State Fullerton will be a major test for Savery and his effectiveness after arm trouble limited his pitching appearances last year.

Rice broke the game open in the fifth inning, plating six runs on six hits. Freshman third baseman Diego Seastrunk singled to open the inning, running his weekend totals to 6-for-11. Two batters later, second baseman Aaron Luna ripped a double down the left-field line to score two runs. After singles by Chad Lembeck and Danny Lehmann, Jordan Dodson lined an 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall to complete the outburst and make it an 8-1 game. Senior Kyle Gunderson takes over on the mound for Rice in the sixth inning.

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 06:23 PM on February 25, 2007

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