ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rice sophomore right-hander Addison Moss posted a solid start scattering five singles over a career-long 6.2 innings, but No. 15 ranked Virginia recorded a 3-0 win over the Owls Sunday afternoon at the UCF Tournament at John Euliano Park in Orlando, Fla.
In only his second collegiate start, Moss effectively handcuffed the No. 15 team in the country working into the bottom of the seventh inning. The sophomore from Spring, Texas, induced 15 ground ball outs to go along with a pair of strikeouts. He gave up a run on just one hit in the fourth as the Owls turned a bases-loaded double play. Moss left with two outs in the seventh after Virginia collected back-to-back singles. The runners came around to score later in the inning to make it a 3-0 game.
For as well as Moss pitched, it was a trio of Cavaliers pitchers that combined for a shutout. Evan Sperling started and struck out nine in 6.0 innings of work. Rice fought to the end, manufacturing one of its best threats in the top of the ninth on singles by Dominic DiCaprio and Ford Proctor. Bennett Sousa worked the final two frames to earn a save.
Rice fell to 2-1 on the season. Virginia improved to 2-1 overall. The Owls are next back at Reckling Park for the home opener on Tuesday night (Feb. 20) against longtime rival Texas State. First pitch against the Bobcats is scheduled for 6:30 pm.