Phillies pick Savery homers as Rice wins opener

Posted: June 16, 2007

OMAHA, Neb. — Phillies first-round pick Joe Savery homered in the sixth inning, and Danny Lehmann doubled in the go-ahead run in Rice's six-run eighth inning as the team that set a College World Series record for offensive futility last year rallied to beat Louisville, 15-10, yesterday in the tournament opener.

Louisville, which had scored 77 runs in eight NCAA tournament games, broke out to leads of 5-0 and 10-4 in its first CWS appearance before Rice pitchers Scott Lonergan and Bobby Bramhall combined to hold the Cardinals scoreless the last four innings.

Savery (10-1), who played first base against Louisville, will take the mound tomorrow against North Carolina. He was drafted 19th overall by the Phillies.

Rice (55-12), with 14 players taken in last week's draft and wins in 35 of 37 games, arrived in Omaha with some heavy baggage after failing to score in its last 23 innings at last year's CWS. That streak ended at 25 2/3 innings when Lehmann singled in Rice's four-run third inning.

Rice trailed 5-0 and 10-4 before a three-run fifth inning. Savery's sixth-inning shot and one by Aaron Luna in the seventh pulled the Owls to 10-9.

In another game:

* Adam Warren (11-0), normally a starter, turned in the longest relief performance of his career, allowing three hits and holding Mississippi State scoreless in 4 1/3 innings as North Carolina (54-13) prevailed, 8-5. The Tar Heels used a six-run sixth to rally back.


* Vanderbilt lefthander David Price won the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball. He was 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings. The other finalists: Rice pitcher-first baseman-designated hitter Joe Savery, Texas outfielder Kyle Russell, and Florida State second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. *

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