Sunday, May 31, 2009
Updated: June 1, 2:36 PM ET
Four-run fifth inning gives Rice 5-0 cushion
HOUSTON -- Kansas State coach Brad Hill gambled, trying to pitch around Diego Seastrunk in order to face national freshman of the year candidate Anthony Rendon.
So much for that strategy.
Rendon ripped a two-run single that that sparked a four-run uprising in the fifth inning, boosting Rice to a 5-0 lead after five innings.
After KSU starter Todd Vogel was pulled with one out, Rick Hague greeted reliever Evan Marshall with a first-pitch, run-scoring double that extended the lead to 2-0 and placed runners on second and third.
Hill then opted to intentionally walk Seastrunk to load the bases. Rendon then laced Marshall's second pitch into right field for an RBI single that pushed Rice's lead to 4-0.
The final run of the inning scored on Chad Mozingo's force out, boosting Rice's advantage to 5-0 and supporting the strong starting pitching of Taylor Wall.
Through five innings, Wall has scattered two hits as he has faced one batter over the minimum. Of his 61 pitches so far, 43 have been strikes.