No. 10 Stanford stops No. 17 Rice
Snodgrass picks up victory after 2.1 innings of relief
HOUSTON, Texas -- Ben Clowe had three hits and Justin Ringo hit his first career homerun as 10th-ranked Stanford won its opener at No. 17 Rice 5-3 on Friday evening.
Stanford (1-0) took a 3-2 lead in the seventh after first baseman J.T. Chargois dropped a groundout to short, allowing the inning to be extended . The error scored Clowe from third, before a double play ball gave Stanford its second lead of the night.
Ringo then made it 5-2 in the eighth with a two-run shot down the right field line, making a loser out of reliever Chase McDowell (0-1).
Scott Snodgress (1-0) who stranded the tying run at second base in the fifth, picked up the win with 2.1 innings to close out the game. Snodgress retired seven in a row before back-to-back two-out singles in the ninth followed by a wild pitch made it 5-3. After a walk put the tying run on first base, Chargois struck out looking to end it.
After four shutout innings by both sides, Rice took a 2-1 read in the fifth. Mark Appel had a solid season debut, giving up two runs on eight hits over a career-best 5.2 innings, before yielding to Snodgress in the sixth.
Rice (0-1) went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the inning with four hits, after Appel scattered just three hits over the first four shutout innings. Back-to-back singles and a double play ball in the fifth gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.
Freshman starter John Simms gave up a single run on five hits with four strikeouts in his collegiate debut.