Timely hits lift Houston over Rice in Silver Glove Series opener – Houston Chronicle

Rice had difficulty at times fielding and throwing the ball, committing five errors Tuesday night. Somehow the Owls stayed within striking distance of Houston.

But the Cougars came up with the big, timely hits. Brandon Uhse drove in four runs on a pair of two-run doubles, lifting Houston over Rice 10-7 at Reckling Park, kicking off the 2022 Silver Glove Series.

The last of Uhse’s doubles, part of a three-run eighth, were the go-ahead runs. The Owls had tied the score 6-6 in the sixth on a home run from Jack Riedel, who went 3-for-3 coming off the bench.

Houston’s Anthony Tulimero reached base four times, singling three times. Cameron Nickens scored three times for the Cougars (8-4).

The homer was Riedel’s first collegiate round tripper. Aaron Smigelski added a two-run double for Rice (3-10).

Neither starter lasted long. Rice righthander Parker Smith yielded five runs over his 3 ⅓ innings, giving up four hits. Following an easy 1-2-3 first inning, Houston lefthander Jose Torrealba struggled, despite giving up no hits in two-plus innings. Torrealba walked five and hit a batter among the 12 hitters he faced.

Torrealba exited with the bases loaded and no outs in the third with the Cougars ahead 2-0. Derrick Cherry replaced Torrealba, who was charged with all three runs. The big blow coming on Smigelski’s double.

The visiting Cougars took advantage of a Rice error in the first to plate a pair of runs.

Smith struck out Uhse to open the game. But Smith had control issues with the next batter, plucking Zach Arnold. Ryan Hernandez then came to the plate and lofted a routine fly ball to left field that Jack Ben-Shoshan couldn’t come up with, putting runners on second and third.

Arnold came around to score on a ground out and Hernandez crossed the plate on Tulimero’s single.

Torrealba pitched out of a base-loaded jam in the second. He walked three of the first four batters before retiring Graiden West and Pierce Gallo on fly outs to center fielder Samuel Benjamin.

Ahead 2-0, the Cougars were threatening in the third, but the Owls turned a double play to end the inning.  Following a wild pitch from Smith, Houston had runners on second and third. Second baseman Graiden West caught a liner off the bat of Alex Lopez and doubled off Hernandez at second with an accurate throw to shortstop Pierce Gallo.

Houston scored three runs in the fourth off Smith to go ahead 5-3. Uhse’s two-run double broke a 3-3 tie.

The Owls are in the mist of playing 17 straight games at home. The Owls open Conference USA play for a three-game series at Marshall starting March 25. Houston plays host to Southern University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The teams, which did not play each other in 2021, play each other two more times this season, both at UH’s Schroeder Park on May 4 and May 17.