Rice: Long Beach leads, 2-1

By Jonathan Yardley - February 16, 2007

Long Beach State kept up the pressure and finally broke through with two runs in the fifth, although the Dirtbags could have gotten a lot more runs out of it. Fans got to see Beach head coach Mike Weathers argue a close play at home plate for nearly five minutes, keeping this game moving slowly ...

Rice again cut Long Beach State down on the bases to avoid further damage in the fifth. No. 9 hitter Matt Cline singled through the left side, but Aaron Luna cut down Jason Tweedy at home plate on a close play where Danny Lehmann blocked the plate just as the ball arrived.
Long Beach head coach Mike Weathers argued at great length with home plate umpire Greg Oros – we used up the entire Jeopardy theme and then some in the press box to pass the time. Weathers went so far as to step in front of home plate to demonstrate his point about Lehmann blocking the plate. It sure looked like he intended to get thrown out of the game, and Wayne Graham then came on the field to ask the other umpires to step in. They let Oros handle it himself. Despite it all, Weathers remained in the game. Not sure how. The delay did allow Rice lefthander Bobby Bramhall to get ready in the bullpen, if he had not already done so.
Nothing was going to slow Long Beach State, as Robert Perry followed with his second single of the game, scoring Masuda for a 2-1 LBSU lead – the first earned run against Chris Kelley this year. Wayne Graham then replaced Kelley with junior Bobby Bramhall, who suffered both of Rice’s losses at Minute Maid Park last weekend. Bramhall got out of the jam with a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Woods. 2-1 Beach at the halfway mark.

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 06:37 PM on February 16, 2007

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