May 12, 2012
HOUSTON ---- The UAB baseball team dropped game one against the No. 5 Rice Owls, 12-2, on Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park.
UAB (27-24, 7-12 C-USA) trailed 7-2 in the top of the 7th inning on Friday night, when inclement weather hit causing play to be suspended between the Blazers and Owls until Saturday.
Rice led 2-0 entering the bottom of the third, when the Owls crossed home five times in the inning to hold a commanding 7-0 advantage. Rice (35-13, 14-5 C-USA) collected six hits in the frame led by a RBI double from J.T. Chargois and two-run two-bagger by Michael Ratteree.
A half inning later, the Blazers put the heat on Rice starter Matthew Reckling (8-1). Ivan De Jesus was plunked by a pitch with one down to get the ball rolling. Ryan Ussery followed by dunking a hit into left, which allowed De Jesus to race home, thanks to an outfield throwing error.
UAB catcher Jacob German knocked in the Blazers second run with a single to left. It looked like the Green and Gold would add some more with the bases loaded, two outs and John Frost at the plate. The first baseman roped what looked a sure-fire extra-base hit into the right-center field gap, but centerfielder Michael Fuda raced down the fly ball and hauled in the catch to end the threat.
The Owls tacked on five more runs in the bottom half of the seventh to round out the scoring for the day.
German and Keith DePew each roped a pair of hits in the loss. It marked the fifth multi-hit game for German for the season and 11th for DePew. In his career, DePew is an impressive 12-for-24 at the plate against the Owls.