Collision knocks Owls' Rendon out of game

June, 6, 2009
06/06/09
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Not a good day for Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon. First he struck out looking in the bottom of the first. Then he collided with Rick Hague while chasing down a foul ball and had to be carried off the field by two of his teammates. The crowd of over 9,000 here at Alex Box Stadium gave him a standing ovation as he was taken off.

This is a devastating loss for Rice, and it's only the top of the second. Rendon, one of the best players in the country, was 3-for-4 on Friday against LSU with two RBIs and a home run. The true freshman is a standout defensive player, an excellent hitter and a leader and plays beyond his years. He had started all 60 games for the Owls and was batting .390. Jimmy Comerota moved from first to third base to replace him. Rendon won't be coming back, making Rice's 1-0 deficit seem even more troubling now.

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