Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Red-hot Stanford, the No. 9 ranked team in the country, rallied to defeated the visiting Rice baseball team 7-4 in the third game of a four-game weekend series Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif.
Rice jumped on the scoreboard for a run in the top of the first inning. Ryan Chandler punched a single through the left side and went to third on Braden Comeaux' single to left. Chandler scored on Ford Proctor's RBI single for a 1-0 lead.
The Owls held the narrow margin into the sixth thanks to another strong start on the mound by sophomore Addison Moss. The right-hander from Spring, Texas, held the Cardinal in check with just one hit and facing only 15 opposing batters through the first five innings.
He retired the first two batters to start the bottom of the sixth, but an Owl fielding error that could have otherwise ended the inning kept the frame alive and Stanford made the most of the opportunity. The Cardinal followed with a two-run homer and went on to plate another three runs for a new 5-1 advantage.
Stanford added another score in the seventh to stretch the margin to 6-1, but Rice answered with three runs in the top of the eighth. Brandt Frazier laced a double toward the right field line and RBI singles by Chandler and Braden Comeaux brought the Blue & Gray back to within two, 6-4. Stanford added one final insurance run in the bottom of the eighth for a 7-4 final.
Rice dropped to 3-4 on the season. Stanford improved to 7-0 overall and stretched it home win-streak to 15-straight dating back to last season.
The teams are back for the finale of the four-game weekend series on Feb. 25. Sunday's start time at the Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif., is scheduled for 1:05 pm (Central Time).