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Rogers, Rice Survive Against
By Allen Brown
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
HOUSTON - The Rice Owls (41-16) got a
complete game from righty Jared Rogers (4-1) and scored in the
first six innings of the game to breeze to a 12-5 victory over
the Xavier Musketeers (39-21) in an elimination game Sunday
afternoon at Reckling Park.
Rogers, who entered the game with a 7.24 ERA, yielded seven
hits, one walk and five earned runs with seven strikeouts.
Xavier scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings when
the game was already out of reach and Rogers was seemingly
Rice pitching coach David Pierce stated
succinctly that, "Jared did a great job, he put us in a position
to move forward (in the regional). We talked about him going
nine innings in the bullpen before the game and that's exactly
what he did."
Rogers was certainly aided by the Owls offense which struck
early and often, tallying one run in the first, four in the
second, two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth,
and one in the sixth. Xavier coach Scott Googins pointed to the
four-run second, which included a two-run double from Rice
freshman Jeremy Rathjen and a Diego Seastrunk two RBI single, as
the key inning in the game.
"We talked about trying to avoid the big inning
(before the game).” Googins said. “That four spot in the second
took the wind out of our sails."
The early run support also made Rogers more comfortable. As a
result of the early run support, Rogers said, "I was just able
to throw strikes and challenge the hitters." Overall, in regards
to his success on the mound, Rogers stated, "I got my fastball
working inside and out and I got a lot of ground balls." Rogers
threw only five pitches in the fourth inning and only ten
pitches in the fifth inning retiring all six batters.
Steven Sultzbaugh continued his recent hot hitting for the Owls
as he hit solo homers to left field in both the third and the
sixth and scored three runs in the game. Both Diego Seastrunk
and freshman Anthony Rendon had three hits and three RBI for the
Bobby Freking finished his sensational regional with two more
hits for the Musketeers who won one game and lost two in their
first-ever regional appearance.