April 2, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State found their bats silenced by Rice's pitching in an 8-0 loss on Saturday night. Owls starter Eddie Degerman pitched 8.1 innings and struck out 10 batters while allowing two hits in the win, his third of the season. Fresno State turned three double plays to help defensively, but Rice pounded out 14 hits against three Fresno State pitchers to continue the victory. Senior David Gomez was 1-for-1 in a pinch hit appearance in the eighth inning.
The teams started the game by trading outs for the first three innings. Fresno State starter Michael Cooper was especially effective, getting through the first three innings on an economy of pitches, while Rice starter Eddie Degerman was worked for two long walks by Beau Mills and Christian Vitters. Both threats were ended by solid defense from the Owls, after Vitters was caught attempting to steal second and Chase Moore hit into a fielder's choice in the second.
Rice ended the scoreless affair in the third, as Greg Buchanan hit a solo home run in the third, followed by a big inning from the Owls, as Joe Savery and Lance Pendleton hit run scoring doubles to give Rice a 3-0 lead.
The Owls extended their lead in the fifth inning, as Cooper allowed two more singles before Brandon Miller was called out of the Bullpen. Miller retired Joe Savery, but Adam Rodgers hit a two-run double to extend the lead, and Rodgers would also score in the inning to add to Rice's lead.
That cushion was all Degerman would need, as he settled down and would allow just two hits for the rest of the game, singles from Steve Susdorf and David Gomez. Gomez' single led to the Bulldogs best chance of the game, as DeAndre Miller walked to put two runners on, but Degerman got Christian Vitters to strike out to end the inning.
After scoring two more runs in the later innings, Rice had given Degerman plenty to work with, but Owls head coach Wayne Grahm pulled him two outs short of the complete game after Beau Mills reached on an error by Joe Savery at first base. Cole St. Clair came in and finished the game for Rice on one pitch, getting Chase Moore to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Fresno State looks to get a split with Rice in the series finale tomorrow afternoon. In a battle of the starting first basemen from the first two games, Rice's Joe Savery will start on the mound against Fresno State's Doug Fister. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
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