Rice: Not quite a balk-off, but close

By Jonathan Yardley - February 24, 2007


Florida Atlantic pulled out Saturday's nightcap 13-12, scoring in the top of the ninth on a bases-loaded balk to complete a rally from a 12-5 seventh-inning deficit. It was not quite as dramatic as one of my favorite baseball phenomena, the balk-off, but it was pretty odd nonetheless. FAU got a single from William Block and a hit batter to put two runners on base. Reliever Trey Maldonado got two outs before walking Justin Martin. He then balked on his first pitch to Daniel Cook - apparently by failing to bring his hands to a complete stop - allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Lefthander Joel Schmal retired the side in order in the ninth inning to wrap up his second win of the year. The game was long - 3 hours, 22 minutes - but not as long as some monstrosities I've seen. And it feature two battling teams that really wanted the win. FAU came away with it and now goes for a winning record in the tournament when it takes on Nebraska at noon tomorrow. Rice and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will meet at 3:30 p.m.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 09:22 PM on February 24, 2007
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