Rice-TxSt: Henry Thoreau was a Rice Fan

By Glenn Tanner - February 06, 2007

"I rejoice that there are owls. Let them do the idiotic and maniacal hooting for men...They represent the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have." -- Thoreau in Walden

The maniacal hooting in San Marcos is actually coming from Texas State fans, and Rice coach Wayne Graham is looking unsatisfied. The Bobcats have tied it up at 2-2 at the end of six innings.

Texas State took advantage of a Brian Friday throwing error in the fifth. The first run scored on a suicide squeeze laid down by freshman catcher Ben Theriot. Thomas Field then plated the second unearned run of the inning with a two-out single.

We had a new Defensive Play of the Game in the fourth. Texas State’s David Wood drove a shot to straight-away center field. Rice’s Tyler Henley turned and sprinted, then looked back as he neared the warning track and made an over-the-shoulder basket catch that Willie Mays or Jim Edmonds would have been proud to claim. Henley has two hits in addition to that jewel, and he’s making a slogger who bragged on him a couple of hours ago very pleased.

Something you don’t see every day: Across the fifth and sixth innings, three consecutive Owl hitters were called out on strikes.

My scoresheet looks like hell -- both teams are using their entire rosters. Pitchers for both teams are working only 1-2 innings and pinch-runners and pinch-hitters are plentiful for Rice.

The crowd is officially a stadium record: 1812.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 09:06 PM on February 06, 2007

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