On March 15, one of the dimmest days in the early season Dark Ages of Rice baseball, the Texas State Bobcats beat Rice 13-4. On May 16, the Owls matched blowout for blowout and won 10-1. So perfectly poetic was Rice’s revenge that Texas State’s winning pitcher from the first game ended up in mop-up duty in game two.
“We had to get some revenge, for sure,” said catcher Robbie Lammons, who was 1-4 on the night with an RBI. “When a team beats you like that you never want to let them think they can do it every single time. We got them back. That’s a good feeling and it’ll help us keep going.”
Moving to 25-28 overall, the Owls used an offensively expansive third inning to build a lead for starter Evan Kravetz. In his first start of the season, the lefty set career highs in strikeout and innings pitched with four k’s and five innings pitched.
“I do whatever they need me to do,” said Kravetz. “I want to do whatever it is that helps the team the most. What ever role they want to use me in, I’m happy to do. When we get down to the end of the season, it’s survive and advance.”
Rice head coach Wayne Graham admired the statistical purity of the night as well as its practical applications.
“We were looking for some innings,” said Graham. “We couldn’t afford to expend anyone much. That part of it worked out really well, and the game worked out really well for us. We’re playing as well as we’ve played all year. That’s for sure.”
Kravetz credited his off speed pitches and breaking balls for his success through the night. He and four other RIce pitchers combined for eight strikeouts, holding the Bobcats to four hits and did not permit a Texas State hit after the fourth inning. Owl batters, by comparison, a put up nine hits and went through six different Texas State pitcher before the end of the night.
Texas State first baseman Dylan Paul, who was 2-4 on the night, amounted to essentially all the Bobcat offense.