Rice: Florida Atlantic scores one

By Amber Obermeyer - February 23, 2007

Robbie Widlansky sliced an opposite (left) field double that was fair by a couple feet, and he came around to score on a wild pitch and a groundout.

I've always thought it weird that runs scoring with the benefit of a wild pitch are earned, while those scoring when a pitcher commits an error are not. Especially since the wild-pitch/passed-ball distinction varies from scorer to scorer and especially from catcher to catcher.

In the bottom of the sixth, Seastrunk had a third quality at-bat for Rice, hooking a double down the left-field line, and Rice coach Wayne Graham followed with a curious substitution. Danny Lehmann (an excellent defensive catcher and a solid-hitting catcher) hit for Travis Reagan (an even better backstop with an average bat). Personally, I would have used catcher/designated hitter Adam Zornes, who is Rice's best power hitter and one of the team's best hitters overall, and then used Lehmann as a defensive replacement (although Zornes is serviceable behind the plate). Perhaps Graham is saving Zornes to replace one of the lefties in the lineup in case Florida Atlantic uses a left-handed reliever.

Posted by Amber Obermeyer at 06:54 PM on February 23, 2007

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