Rice-UT: The Streak Reaches 10

By Glenn Tanner - March 27, 2007

Texas got clutch relief work late to hold off Rice, 6-4. Texas has now beaten the Owls ten consecutive times. Rice is now 19-10 on the year, while the Longhorns improve to 23-8.

Leading off the ninth, Joe Savery spun a double that bounced just inside third base. Texas then summoned closer Randy Boone from the pen. Boone had a horrible outing Sunday against Kansas State, blowing a late lead by allowing five runs to score over 1.1 innings. After a strikeout, Jess Buenger singled to right, but Savery wisely stopped at third. With the tying run on base, the tension started to build, but was wiped clean when Diego Seastrunk swung at the first pitch he saw and grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

I must be a Rice curse, because I've seen three of their games this season, and the Hooters have lost all three and looked bad in all of them. Their offense was anemic again tonight, with only six hits, two by Savery. All four of their runs were unearned. Starter Chris Kelley? Wild, wild, wild.

Texas has looked unbeatable at times this season, but they've been extremely sloppy in several of their losses. Tonight, they were sloppy but won. Kyle Russell and Chance Wheeless are excellent defenders, but both made Little League-like errors tonight.

On the good side, Texas got big offensive contributions from several players and solid pitching. Travis Tucker continues to be real catalyst at leadoff -- tonight he reached base three times and scored twice. Wheeless contributed three hits, and freshman Russell Moldenhauer is starting to show the power hitting that made him one of the country's top recruits.

In spite of the defense, the Bovine pitching was excellent, with starter Austin Wood probably nailing down the midweek starter role. (I also wouldn't be surprised if they handed him the start Sunday.) Wood retired the first fourteen batters of the game, and allowed only three baserunners in 5.2 innings of work. Joe Krebs, who started last Sunday, worked a solid 1.2 innings of relief, and Boone pulled out his seventh save in the ninth.

Rice will head back to Houston to face Marshall University this weekend. Texas welcomes the beloved Oklahoma Sooners to town, a matchup of perhaps the two best teams in the Big XII.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 10:23 PM on March 27, 2007
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Hook 'em Horns! The 7th UT baseball national championship may happen this year!
Jim Fletcher, 1997 UT-Austin alumnus

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