Anyway Kathleen, Lyndon and I took in the action last night, when Rice came through on the winning side against a scrappy Sam Houston State team. Subsequently, Rice lost to Kansas City tonight, and Sam Houston was eliminated with a loss to Xavier. This means that Rice will play an elimination game against Xavier tomorrow (Sunday). If they prevail, they will have to beat Kansas State twice to come out on top. It will be a struggle for Rice to make it through to the super regional in Baton Rouge, but they've come through the losers bracket before.
Here are some pics from the game, starting with a pitching sequence 'starring' winning pitcher Mike Ojala. Ojala, who is pitching with a torn ulnar ligament, pitched a pretty steady 7 innings and was well supported by the Rice bullpen, which has been shaky lately.
Yes there was an opposing pitcher as well; Sam Houston's Sean Weatherford. He was tagged with an "L".
Rice's living legend of a coach, Wayne Graham, comes out for a quick chat. He didn't have much to say, just checking on the well-being of the pitcher.
Following on a very close play at home, when a Rice player was called safe, Sam Houston's coach Mark Johnson had a few choice comments for the umpire.