Rice: Texas ties game at one

By Amber Obermeyer - April 17, 2007

The heart of the Texas lineup got to Chris Kelley in the top of the fourth, manufacturing a run to tie the game.

Kyle Russell walked to lead off the inning, and really, can anybody blame Chris Kelley for pitching around that guy? Bradley Suttle benefitted from Joe Savery holding Russell at first, sneaking a grounder through the right side of the infield. True to form, designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer bunted the runners over before a Preston Clark grounder scored Russell. And actually, I think Texas played it right in that situation--Moldenhauer's power numbers aren't too impressive (.468 slugging percentage), and Clark showed good bat control in making sure the runner scored from third.

Wood, meanwhile, has settled down, as the Owls haven't mounted much of an offensive threat since the first inning. Rice's at bats haven't been very impressive, forcing Wood to throw just 19 pitches in the second and third innings combined.

I was wrong about the crowd, though; people have continued to filter in throughout the game as the weather has cleared up somewhat. The park is probably three-quarters full at this point, so we're probably pushing 4,000 people actually here at Reckling tonight.

Posted by Amber Obermeyer at 08:35 PM on April 17, 2007

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