HOUSTON – Through nine innings, five University of Texas San Antonio runs, and what looked like a late inning threat to Rice’s survival, Owl pitchers Willy Amador and Glenn Otto matched the Roadrunner frenzy with 10 strikeouts and kept Rice ahead long enough to move to 9-12 and win their second conference series of the season.
Between a single surrendered to lead off the first and solo home run allowed to UTSA’s Jesse Baker, the junior right hander struck out four and earned his first win of the season.
“He did a great job,” said Rice head coach Wayne Graham of Amador’s effort. “I thought he would, and he did. He put us in a position to win. At the end [of the game], Glenn showed great courage.”
In his 5.2 innings, Amador kept in check a UTSA offense that had previously had no real trouble scoring runs in Reckling Park.
“Whenever I’m out there I just try to pitch one batter at a time,” said Amador. “Whenever there’s a guy in the box the only thing I’m thinking about is trying to get a quick out. One pitch changed the entire. It was the second home run that I gave up. I had the count 0-2 and I decided to throw a fastball. The batter got me. But I felt good before that. I was hitting with every single pitch and I never felt like I was out of the game. That’s always a plus.”
Scoreless for the first five innings of the game, the Roadrunners scored five between the sixth and eighth innings to put the outcome in doubt.
For reliever Glenn Otto, his 3.1 innings of work and six strikeouts netted him his fifth save of the season while allowing only four hits. When he entered the game, UTSA had plated two runs and made the game 6-3.
“They were seeing the ball pretty well, and they score a lot of runs. You look at their scores and see that they ran it up on Texas Tech. Going in there I was trying to pitch to my strengths and combining my strengths with their weaknesses.”
After his first inning of work, Otto’s breaking ball found its flourish and allowed him to keep UTSA batters of balance.
“It felt a lot better today. I feel like whenever I can get the breaking ball over, I’m a completely different pitcher. It’s a lot easier to have two pitches than just a fastball.”
Between innings, Amador and Otto found themselves discussing the potent UTSA offense.
“They average around seven runs a game. They’re free swingers. If you leave it up they’re gonna take advantage. I told Otto that if he hits with his curveball, he’s good. That’s what he did, and we survived. That’s what we needed.”