Rice: game tied

By Amber Obermeyer - February 23, 2007

With starter Chris Kelley up around 100 pitches and tiring, Rice head coach Wayne Graham replaced him with left-hander Bobby Bramhall after Kelley gave up two hits to start the seventh inning.

The rest of the inning was rather bizarre. Justin Ferreira, the first batter Bramhall faced, was called out when a ball he hit into the ground near the plate subsequently hit him; the runners had to return to first and second. Bramhall then induced an infield grounder, and Buenger relayed to Luna to get Martin at second. Luna quickly got the ball to Savery, where the play at first was close. The batter, Nick Arata, was ruled safe, and while Savery (and the rest of the Owls) were indignant, Florida Atlantic's Daniel Cook came around from second to score. Very heads-up baserunning by the centerfielder. I'm not sure Rice would have had a play at the plate, but the lack of awareness did not look good.

But perhaps the close call has invigorated Rice, as centerfielder Tyler Henley (who has been red hot this week after a very slow start at the plate) crushed a triple to right-center. Storey struck out Friday for (his fifth of the game, the same number Kelley had) and, as he was also around 100 pitches, was replaced with lefty Chris Salberg, who will face Rice pinch-hitter Derek Myers.

Posted by Amber Obermeyer at 07:26 PM on February 23, 2007

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