April 30, 2005
Houston, Texas - The Bulldogs looked to get within a game and a half of the WAC lead with a win on Saturday, but were turned back by Rice's Joe Savery, who pitched 8.0 innings with 15 strikeouts to lead the Owls. Fresno State allowed extra-base hits in the first three innings, which the Owls converted into four runs. Beau Mills hit two solo home runs for Fresno State's only runs of the game The Bulldogs return home next week to face the San Jose State Spartans.
Fresno State started the game by threatening with a run. After DeAndre Miller singled and was caught stealing, Christian Vitters walked. He moved to third after a balk and a wild pitch, but Rice starter Joe Savery shut the door on the potential rally by striking out the next two batters.
Rice came back with four runs in the next three innings. Tyler Henley started off the game with a triple that stayed just inside the foul line, and scored on a failed pickoff attempt. More extra-base hits meant further trouble for the Bulldogs in the second and third. A leadoff triple from Lance Pendleton and a double by Danny Lehmann led to two runs, and Adam Rodgers was pushed around in the fourth, giving Rice a 4-0 lead.
Beau Mills brought the score back to 4-1 in the fourth inning, as he turned on a Savery offering, sending the ball to right field, for his WAC-leading 16th home run of the season. However, the Owls answered back with two home runs of their own, one from Adam Hale and one from Lance Pendleton to add to their lead in the fifth inning.
Rice added a final run in the eighth to bring the score to 10-1. Cole St. Clair finished out the ninth for the Owls, allowing a second home run for Mills but ending the day for Rice.
The Bulldogs head back to Beiden Field next weekend to face San Jose State for three games. Friday and Saturday Night's games will be held at 6:35 p.m., before a Sunday afternoon game beginning at 1:05 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on KMJ 580.
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