Rice: Lonergan error costs Owls

By Amber Obermeyer - April 17, 2007

Predictably, No. 9 hitter Travis Tucker, who has excellent speed, was bunting with runners on first and second. But Tucker executed poorly, and Lonergan had time to field the ball and get the lead runner at third base. He hurried the throw, though, and J.P. Padron couldn't reach it at third.

A run scored on the play, and Lonergan's next pitch was wild, scoring Chais Fuller, who had advanced to third on Lonergan's error. With that, Wayne Graham had seen enough, turning to All-American reliever Cole St.Clair to face the top of the Longhorn order and try to preserve the 6-4 Owl lead.

Jordan Danks made St.Clair's work somewhat easier with a poor bunt that allowed St.Clair to look Tucker back to third before throwing Danks out at first. St.Clair, who had only thrown three-and-two-thirds innings entering the game, showed flashes of his 2006 form in striking out Chance Wheeless, although his velocity (a high of 88) is down about five miles per hour from last year. St.Clair worked veeeery carefully to Kyle Russell--an excellent decision if you ask me--before getting Bradley Suttle to pop out. I imagine St.Clair will take a lot of confidence from that performance in the highest-pressure situation he has faced in eight months or so.

Posted by Amber Obermeyer at 10:26 PM on April 17, 2007

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