Rice: Owls win opener, 9-5

By Jonathan Yardley - February 24, 2007

The first game is in the books, with Rice winning by a 9-5 margin. Matt Langwell was the pitching hero for Rice, firing 5.1 scoreless innings and facing only 19 batters in the process after starter Ryan Berry was knocked out of the game in the second inning. The real heroes were the Rice hitters, who went 11-for-35 despite entering the game with a .234 team average. Nos. 3-6 hitters Diego Seastrunk, Joe Savery, Aaron Luna and Jess Buenger each had two hits, and Savery had a double and a triple. Buenger drove in three runs. Ryne Tacker pitched two scoreless innings to close the game, lowering his ERA to 0.49.

For Nebraska, Jeff Tezak, Ryan Wehrle and Jake Opitz each had two hits, and Matt Foust was very effective in relief. The Cornhuskers did not measure up defensively; even though errors were 1-1, Nebraska's porous defense was really at fault in the decisive fourth inning that saw Rice rally from being down 5-0 to go ahead 6-5.

In the second game, Florida Atlantic will take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (I'm with Eric, we gotta make this shorter. From now on, I'm going A&M-CC or A&M-Corpus with this one) and first pitch is set for 4:50 p.m. Although the crowd will surely dwindle, we'll be on hand to let you know how the other Owls fare.

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 05:09 PM on February 24, 2007

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