March 1, 2005
BEAUMONT - No. 7-ranked Rice University pounded out 16 hits en route to a 10-0 shutout of Lamar University Tuesday night in non-conference baseball action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar dropped to 7-5 on the season. After opening the season with six straight wins, the Cardinals have lost five of their last six games. Lamar continues its 13-game homestand this weekend by hosting the Cardinal Classic. The tournament field includes Indiana State, UNC-Wilmington and Southern Mississippi.
UNC-Wilmington and Southern Miss open the classic Friday at 3 p.m. and Lamar will play Indiana State at 7 p.m. Saturday's schedule has Southern Miss and Indiana State playing at 1 p.m. and Lamar playing UNC-Wilmington at 5 p.m. On Sunday, UNC-Wilmington and Indiana State play at 11 a.m. followed by Lamar and Southern Miss at 3 p.m.
Rice, who defeated Lamar 8-2 earlier this season in Houston, wasted little time in getting its offense going against Lamar starter Derrick Gordon (1-2), plating three runs in the top of the first inning. Tyler Henley started the game with a single to left field and scored on Adam Rodgers' double to right center.
Danny Lehmann walked and Josh Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Rodgers scored when Adam Morris was sent to first base on a catcher's interference call against Michael Ambort. Lance Pendleton drove in Lehmann with an infield single to make the score 3-0.
Lamar looked like it was going to answer Rice in the home half of the first inning. Murray Gilbertson led off the inning with a walk and Chase Richards followed with a single to left field. Adrian Cantu popped out, Ambort struck out and Andrew Leal grounded out to end the inning.
The Owls added a run in the third inning. Joe Savery led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on Rodriguez' single and scored on a single down the right field line by Pendleton for a 4-0 lead. Pendleton went 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Morris, who was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, hit a 2-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to extend Rice's lead to 6-0. The Owls tacked on a run in the seventh, two in the eighth and one more in the ninth to make the score 10-0. Rodgers, who was 4-for-6 with three RBI, delivered a 2-run double in the eighth.
Ryne Tacker (1-0) started and picked up the win for Rice. He allowed no runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in seven innings pitched. Gordon took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks in five innings pitched.
Rice 301 020 121 - 10 16 1
Lamar 000 000 000 - 0 3 4
Ryne Tacker, Jordan Dodson (8), Adam Hale (9) and Danny Lehmann. Derrick Gordon, Trey Swor (6), Allen Harrington (8), Steve MacFarland (9) and Michael Ambort. W - Tacker (1-0). L - Gordon (1-2). Sv. - none. 2B - Rice: Rodgers 3 (3), Rodriguez (2). 3B - none. HR - Rice: Morris (2). T - 2:23. A - 1,564. Team Records - Lamar 7-5; Rice 11-2.