Rice-TxSt: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

By Glenn Tanner - February 06, 2007


One of the recurring lines of the dark 90’s TV show Twin Peaks was “The owls are not what they seem.”

Like just about everything else from that show, that line made no sense, but it fit tonight. Rice is ranked #1 in every college baseball poll I’ve seen, but they weren’t the best team on the field tonight.

Would you believe Texas State 3, Rice 2? The Bobcats rallied from a 2-0 deficit early, then got a ninth-inning run to shock the nation’s top-ranked team.

Rice stranded runners in scoring position in both the 8th and 9th innings, then brought on projected rotation mainstay Bobby Bell to try to send the game to extras. Bell got the first two outs, but Texas State countered with singles by Jared Bunn and Paul Goldschmidt. And with the stadium-record crowd standing and cheering, freshman Laurn Randell singled past diving shortstop Brian Friday. Seconds later, he was at the bottom of a team dogpile past first base.

While the Rice pitching was excellent, their bats were mostly anemic – the Owls only had five hits on the night, and three were from Tyler Henley. Worse, Rice hitters struck out 10 times, a big part of why they stranded 10 runners. And other than Henley’s amazing catch, poor defense hurt them – two errors and two unearned runs.

There’s always another day in baseball, and for Rice, that day will be a marquee matchup. The Owls will face Vanderbilt and top pitching prospect David Price at noon Friday in the opener of the College Baseball Classic at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Texas State will host Prairie View A&M this weekend, but they’ll celebrate first, and boy do they deserve to. I’m actually surprised and disappointed that the large, loud, joyous student contingent at the game didn’t rush the field to celebrate.

Still, great win. It's the kind of win that will really look impressive late in the season when the tournament selection committee is evaluating resumes. Texas State has beaten top-ranked teams before, as recently as 2005 when they knocked off Texas. Maybe a return to the NCAA tournament is what will really trigger a celebration in San Marcos. With wins over Oklahoma and Rice already, the Bobcats are off to a great start.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 10:47 PM on February 06, 2007
Comments (4)

Comments

Great work, Glenn. I am a student at Texas State and attend every baseball game I can. I have been waiting for this game since the schedule came out. That was amazing. Thanks for covering it. Sorry our stadium is horrible. Talk to the incompetent AD about that one.

Thanks for covering the game. I was there and it was amazing. Go Bobcats!!!

Thanks for the coverage Gleen. I really enjoyed the preview story for the game. You said it the way it needed to be said. Eat'em up Cats!

I'm Jacob Mustafa, a reporter at the school paper at Texas State
University. I wanted to quote a past blog which was a preview for this Rice/Tx State game and included a statement about the subpar facilities of our baseball team. I was wondering if this was aOK by you. Please send me an e-mail at jacobmustafa@yahoo.com

Thanks for your time.

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