March 12, 2013
HOUSTON - Rice starter John Simms threw a complete game and held the Bulldogs to two runs as the Owls defeated Louisiana Tech, 4-2, in the first of the two-game series Tuesday night at Reckling Park in Houston.
Rice (10-7) struck first with two unearned runs scored in the second inning after an error and a walk to lead 2-0. LA Tech (5-12) did not respond until the eighth when they broke up the shutout Simms had going after an RBI double by Ryan Gebhardt scored Burch, who reached on a leadoff single to start the inning. Second baseman Taylor Terrasas added an RBI single to right field to plate the final run for Bulldogs on the night.
"[Simms] struck out 12 and it is tough to generate offense when you have that many strikeouts," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Those two unearned runs early in the game are the difference in the game. You cannot make those mistakes and beat a quality opponent. I tip my hat to Carlisle and Gilley because they pitched outstanding and we just have to figure it out offensively and be able to hit guys like that if we are going to be a team that is going to do something."
Simms (4-1) earned the win after pitching nine complete innings while allowing two runs off five hits. Simms struck out 12 Bulldog batters and walked just four in the win. Left hander Ben Carlisle (0-2) was charged with the loss after giving up two runs - both unearned - off six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Carlisle walked two batters on the night and lowered his earned run average to 3.68 for the season.
Terrasas led the Bulldogs at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance and a run batted in, while Gebhardt added an RBI double in the eighth inning for Tech's first run of the game to give him a 1-for-4 day at the dish.
Tech will return to Reckling Park tomorrow to take on Rice in the final game of the midweek series beginning at 6 p.m. in Houston. That game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with Josh McDaniel calling all the action beginning at 5:45 p.m. on ESPN 97.7 FM.
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