HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) Head Baseball Coach Wayne Graham spelled relief with a combination of Simms and Duffey during last weekend’s series against Southern Miss. The Owls took 2-of-3 from the Golden Eagles who are now 16-12 overall, 3-3 in C-USA.
Rice took Friday’s matchup, 6-3, but lost 2-1 on Saturday. They rebounded on Sunday with a thrilling 8-6 come from behind victory highlighted by a dramatic 8th inning pitching performance that will serve them well the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Graham’s number 9 nationally ranked Owls are 21-10, 4-2 in conference play, and tied with East Carolina for second place.
The Owls will hit the road for a three-game set against conference foe Tulane starting Thursday. They fell 2-1 to Sam Houston State on Tuesday night at Reckling Park.
The Owls were looking to recover on Saturday after falling in a third inning 2-0 hole. Enter John Simms at the beginning of the fourth inning to prevent any further scoring by the Golden Eagles.
The 6’3” sophomore from The Woodlands only allowed one hit and struck out six which tied a season-high. Simms got the job done in 4.2 scoreless innings.
“You just got to go out there and execute your pitches – everything from a pitch to pitch kind of thing,” says Simms.
Sunday was a slightly different game with a different reliever. The Owls were leading 8-6 when the Golden Eagles loaded the bases with 2 outs in the top of the 8th. Southern Miss was threatening to score and take the lead when Graham made the switch and brought in 6’3” junior right-hand reliever Tyler Duffey to replace junior J.T. Chargois.