March 30, 2010
BEAUMONT - Rice University put up four early runs Tuesday night and went on to post a 7-2 victory over Lamar University to even the season series between the teams at a game apiece.
In avenging an earlier 13-7 loss to the Cardinals, the Owls banged out 13 hits, including two each by Chad Monzingo, Michael Fuda, Jeremy Rathjen and Craig Manuel. Four of Rice's runs crossed the plate on sacrifice flies, one each by Anthony Rendon, Diego Seastrunk, Abe Gonzales and Jimmy Comerota.
The season-best crowd of 1,113 in Vincent-Beck Stadium saw the Cardinals drop their fourth-straight game, although they did manage nine hits. Senior outfielder Quentin Luquette paced the attack by going 3-for-5, and he had the team's only extrabase hit - a ninth-inning double to left centerfield.
Both first baseman Wade Mathis and second baseman Andy Mena went 2-for-4 for the Cardinals, who fell to 15-10 on the season.
The Cardinals scored both of their runs in the second inning when they sliced Rice's early into half at 4-2. Mathis got the mini-rally started with a one-out single down the left field line, but he was thrown out at second base on a fielder's choice by Pablo Salinas.
Mena then singled up the middle, and Ted Zentek walked to load the bases. Owl shortstop then committed a two-out throwing error past second baseman Michael Ratterree to allow both Salinas and Mena to score unearned runs.
Rice, which improved to 14-12 on the season, pushed across single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to complete its scoring.
The Cardinals will return to action Thursday night when they open a three-game Southland Conference series against 22nd-ranked Southeastern Louisiana. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Vincent-Beck Stadium.