HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – It started well, but didn’t end well. Wednesday night, number 6 Arizona was just a better team than the Rice Owls as they would win the second of the two game set at Reckling Park, 8-5.
Owls’ freshman pitcher Zach Lemond looked more like a veteran collegiate for the first three innings of the game. The freshman starter who ended the night a with a career long 5 innings pitched, allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 errors, and struck out 2. But he only allowed 3 runs to one of the best hitting teams in the country.
“Oh, I thought he did a great job,” says Owls Head Coach Wayne Graham. “He could easily have gotten out of there with no damage.”
“The one jam-shot up the middle where he beat the hitter completely – threw the ball right where he wanted and the guy hit it – worst than the trademark and it just barely crawled over the infield.”
“Then we make an error and give ‘em another one. But, I thought he pitched well – couldn’t ask for much more.”
WILDCATS SPOTTED OWLS A THREE-RUN LEAD
Lemond’s teammates put up the first three runs of the game in the third inning. Michael Fuda sent a 2-run triple to center scoring Christian Stringer and Michael Ratterree. That was Fuda’s first triple of the season as he also leads the team with 32 hits and a team high .395 batting average.