Rice Downs Nevada 12-3 In Final WAC Trip To Reno
May 15, 2005
Reno, Nev. - The 13th Rice(36-15, 16-8 WAC) Owls made their last trip to Peccole Park a good one downing the University of Nevada(22-25, 11-13 WAC) 12-3 in Reno, Nev. on Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game series sweep and win five of the six games played this season. The Owls were making their last WAC trip to Reno as Rice will join Conference USA next year. The conference leading Owls improved to 36-15 overall and 16-8 in WAC action while Nevada fell to 22-25 and 11-13 in league play. Sunday's attendance of 2,045 was the fifth largest crowd in Peccole Park history.
Nevada got a solo home run from first baseman Ben Mummy in the bottom of the first inning to score the first run of the game but Rice scored nine in the top of the third inning to take control of the game. The last four runs of the inning scored on right fielder Lance Pendleton's grandslam. In total the Owls sent 14 hitters to the plate and eight reached base with hits.
After the Owls' big inning the Pack tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Left fielder Matt Bowman doubled and second baseman David Ciarlo followed with a walk. A ground out off the bat of catcher Brett Hayes moved both runners into scoring position for center fielder Jacob Butler. Butler's two-out single scored both runners to make the score 9-3. RU scored an unearned run in the fifth inning and got a two-run homer from shortstop Josh Rodriguez in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 12-3
Owl freshman Joe Savery(7-4) won his fourth game of the season allowing three runs on five hits in eight innings. Pack starter Travis Sutton(2-6) lost after giving up nine runs in just 2.1 innings on the mound.
All nine RU hitters in the game collected a hit and scored a run. Center fielder Tyler Henry(3-for-4,R,RBI) led the Owls with three hits while five other batters had two hits apiece for Rice. Pendleton drove in a game high four runs with his grandslam as part of the Owls big nine run third inning.
Five different Nevada batters collected a hit in the game with Butler(1-for-4,2RBI) driving in two of the Pack three runs in the game. Mummy's(1-for-4,R,RBI) 13th home run accounted for the other Wolf Pack run.
Nevada will make its final road trip of the season next weekend traveling to SJSU for a three-game WAC series beginning on Friday at 7:00 p.m.