Rice-UT: Texas Counters

By Glenn Tanner - March 27, 2007

Texas coach Augie Garrido always talks about how important it is to immediately answer an opponent's rally with one of your own. The Longhorns did just that, pushing across two runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead, 3-2.

Handed a lead, Rice starter Chris Kelley blew it with wildness. Travis Tucker singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, moved to second on another wild pitch, and scored on Chance Wheeless' double to tie it. After another Kelley walk, Wayne Graham went to the pen, bringing in Ryan Berry (3-1, 3.43 ERA in 42 innings). Berry started Rice's last two Friday games, but only went 2.1 innings (4 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks) in his last start against Southern Miss.

After striking out Brad Suttle, Berry issued a walk to load the bases, and Russell Moldenhauer delivered a sac fly to make it 3-2 Texas. Left fielder Jordan Dodson made a nice inning-ending running catch to prevent more damage.

Kelley's line is ugly, but it could have been a lot worse. Despite three walks, three wild pitches, and two hit batters, Kelley allowed only three earned runs in 4.0 innings.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 08:43 PM on March 27, 2007

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