HOUSTON – Junior Dayne Wunderlich went 3-for-5 with home run and two RBI to key an 11-hit attack in the Rice baseball team’s 8-4 come-from-behind victory over longtime foe Texas State Wednesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.
Texas State was first on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning, but the lead didn’t last long. In the bottom of the frame Wunderlich blasted a two-out homer to left field. His first career round-tripper tied the score, 1-1.
The Bobcats went back in front in the top of the fourth. Rice could have helped itself get out of the inning quick and unscathed, but an Owl fielding error opened the door for three unearned runs and a 4-1 Texas State advantage.
The Blue & Gray batted around off the Bobcat bullpen for five big runs in the fifth to make it 6-4. Wunderlich’s third hit of the night drove in one of the runs that helped put the Owls in front for good.
The Owls tallied new season-highs in runs and hits, but almost lost in the offensive fireworks was steady pitching performances that included no earned runs allowed on the night. Sophomore Willy Amador made his first start and struck out four in a career-long 3.2 innings. Senior Austin Solecitto notched his first career victory with 2.1 shutout innings. Sophomore Glenn Otto allowed just one hit and struck out over the final 3.0 frames to earn a save.
Rice improved to 3-2 on the season with the team’s third-straight win. Texas State dropped to 3-2 overall.
The Owls next head downtown to Minute Maid Park for three weekend games at the annual Shriner’s Hospital for Children College Classic (Feb. 26-28). The Owls face an elite trio of opponents in Arkansas, TCU and Louisiana-Lafayette (respectively) this Friday through Sunday.