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NEWS 4/16/09 7:00pm

Friday's Sports Update: Owls push through rain to defeat Thundering Herd

Battling both the Marshall University bats and bouts of intermittent rain, starting pitcher Taylor Wall and reliever Jordan Rogers held off a late-game rally to preserve a 7-5 win for the baseball team on Friday night at Reckling Park.Heavy rainstorms doused the Houston area in the mid-afternoon, pushing the game's 6:30 start time back an hour and leaving less-than-ideal conditions in their wake.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Wednesday's Sports Update: Dallas Baptist falls under Rice's offensive surge

One more game, one more huge offensive effort for the baseball team. The Owls posted 16 hits in an 11-8 comeback victory over visiting Dallas Baptist University Wednesday night at Reckling Park, marking the 8th time in the past 10 games the Blue and Grey have racked up 13 or more hits.Redshirt sophomore Travis Wright picked up the first win of his Rice career with 2.2 innings of solid relief pitching. He allowed just one unearned run and had four strikeouts on the day.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Saturday's Sports Update: Owls take down Tigers in rematch

Ryan Berry's absence from the pitching mound was conspicuous at the start of Saturday's game against the University of Memphis, but by the end of his seven-inning outing, freshman Taylor Wall had made the game uniquely his. Filling in for the injured Berry, Wall allowed just four runs and struck out six in seven innings of work - his longest outing of the year.Assisted by a Rice batting order that collected 14 hits and 12 runs - including six runs in the first two innings - Wall improved to 3-2 on the season.


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Tuesday Sports Update: Owls take 12 to down Cardinals

It took nine pitchers and 12 innings, but the fourth-ranked baseball team finally managed to put away Lamar University on Tuesday evening.Rice (15-6, 2-1 Conference USA) held a 7-4 lead in the ninth inning before relief pitcher Matthew Reckling issued a walk with the bases loaded to allow Lamar to cut the deficit to two runs. The Cardinals tied the game up when the Owls failed to complete a double play one batter later.


NEWS 3/12/09 7:00pm

Berry leads Owls in toppling top-ranked A&M

Junior pitcher Ryan Berry needed only a week of warming up to get the offseason rust out of his system. Bouncing back from a disappointing performance against California Polytechnic State University in the baseball team's season opener, Berry, Conference USA Pitcher Of the Week, pitched a complete-game shutout against formerly top-ranked Texas A&M University two weeks ago at the Minute Maid College Classic. Last Saturday, he followed up with an almost identical performance against Notre Dame University in Rice's own Academy Sports and Outdoors Rice Classic tournament.


NEWS 12/4/08 6:00pm

Volleyball earns national bid

Prior to last weekend's match against Texas Christian University at Tudor Fieldhouse, only the upperclassmen on the volleyball team could remember the last time the Owls played a home contest on Autry Court. But even the seniors had no recollection of the last time Rice received an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The Owls (23-7) closed out the regular season last Friday with a 3-1 win over the visiting Horned Frogs, but the victory party extended through the postseason selection show Sunday night, when the NCAA officially announced that Rice was one of the 64 teams invited to the national competiton. This is the second time that the volleyball team has qualified for the NCAA tournament in its 27 year history - the last time was in 2004.


NEWS 11/6/08 6:00pm

Election 2008 fervor comes to Rice campus

// Ever since the presidential candidates took the stage 21 months ago this election has been in the forefront of Americans' minds. One by one the extensive pool of candidates was boiled down: Edwards, Romney, Huckabee, Clinton and so forth, until finally, on Tuesday, Barack Obama finally stood victorious over his rival John McCain in the fight for the presidency of the United States.


NEWS 5/15/08 7:00pm

LSU eliminates Rice from CWS with 6-5 comeback win

When he left the game with two outs in the fifth inning, starting pitcher Chris Kelley took a sigh of relief. He had done his job, holding Louisiana State University scoreless through more than half of Tuesday's elimination game at the College World Series. It was one of the baseball team's best performances by a starter in the postseason, and as senior reliever Cole St.Clair recorded a convincing strikeout to end the inning, Rice fans were feeling comfortable with their team's 5-0 lead.Three innings later, however, after the Tigers marched off the field with an improbable 6-5 comeback victory, that feeling of comfort had turned into disbelief.


NEWS 5/15/08 7:00pm

Fresno St. bests Rice at College World Series - June 16

Before the baseball team's opening game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., most analysts agreed that the Owls would have to find some way to jumpstart their offense if they were to make a serious run for the title. Nobody expected that the pitching would need to be resuscitated, too. The underdog Fresno St. was chillingly efficient in its complete dismantling of sixth-ranked Rice's pitching efforts; the Bulldogs turned 13 hits and six walks into 17 runs as they continued their rampage over nationally ranked opponents with a victory Sunday afternoon. Fresno St. has now defeated five top-25 teams in its notable postseason run.


NEWS 5/15/08 7:00pm

Worker dies after walls collapse at McMurtry College

JUNE 19 - One construction worker was killed and seven others were injured after a number of masonry walls collapsed Thursday afternoon at McMurtry College. The accident happened shortly around 4 p.m., and coincided with the arrival of heavy thunderstorms in the Houston area, Director of News and Media Relations B.J. Almond said. Executive Assistant Chief Rick Flannigan of the Houston Fire Department said four of the seven injured workers were transported to various hospitals in the medical center. The other three were treated on-site. Flannigan said the extent of the workers' injuries had yet to be determined, and their identities were still unknown. The workers were on the second floor of the building when the walls collapsed, and they were trapped in the rubble for a short time before fire and rescue crews arrived on the scene to secure the area. Rescue crews then checked the rest of the site to account for all the workers. Flannigan said an investigation has commenced to ascertain the cause of the collapse, but he maintained that HFD's first priority was ensuring the site's safety. "There's just a lot of work to be done," Flannigan said. "We want to make sure that it's safe, the walls are safe, and the investigative team can have access … to a large area." McMurtry and its counterpart, Duncan College, are scheduled for completion by Fall 2009.