Arizona Defeats Rice Friday In Season-Opener, 8-1

Feb. 19, 2016

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HOUSTON -- Visiting Arizona scored five runs in the first four innings on the way to a 8-1 win over the Rice baseball team in the season opener for both teams Friday evening at Reckling Park.

After the Wildcats struck for a pair of runs in the top of the second on a pair of hits, Rice fielding miscues allowed three more runs to score over the next two frames.

The Owls got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh with a home run by Tristan Gray. The sophomore from Elkins High School connected on a 1-1 pitch for solo shot to right field. The round-tripper was the fourth of Gray's collegiate career.

Rice senior Blake Fox started on the mound and worked 3.2 innings. He was followed by senior Austin Solecitto and the freshman duo of Zach Esquivel and Kendal Jefferies.

The Blue & Gray dropped its season-opener for the second time in as many years. The three-game weekend series continues through the weekend. Rice and Arizona are back for a 4 pm game on Saturday, followed by the series finale at 1 pm on Sunday.





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