March 2, 2014
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HOUSTON - Texas Tech made the most of some free trips to the bases and held-off a pair of late Rice rallies to claim a 2-1 win over the Owls baseball team in Sunday's finale of the annual College Classic Tournament downtown at Minute Maid Park.
Texas Tech put a pair of runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third and didn't need a base hit to do it. Rice issued a total of five walks to force-in a pair of runs. Rice's pitching was otherwise sensational at the downtown tournament, holding three Big 12 teams (Texas, TCU and Texas Tech) to a composite .175 batting average over the weekend. The Owls allowed just 14 hits in 25 innings with a 1.44 ERA as a staff.
On Sunday Rice had a solid relief pouting from right-hander Trevor Teykl. The junior transfer worked a Division I high 4.0 innings where he held Tech scoreless on a run and a hit with three strikeouts.
The Owls answered with a run in the top of the seventh. Skyler Ewing reached on a grounder up the middle and advanced an extra station on a Red Raider fielding error on the play. Ewing hustled home on Keenan Cook's single to right to cut the margin to one, 2-1.
The Blue & Gray attempted a two-out rally in the top of the eighth after back-to-back base hits by Leon Byrd and Shane Hoelscher. Tech worked out of the jam and closed out the ninth for a narrow 2-1 final.
Rice is now 7-5 on the season. Texas Tech moved to 9-3.
Rice next plays at longtime rival Sam Houston State on Wednesday (Mar. 5) before returning home to Reckling Park to open Conference USA league play on March 7. The start time for both respective games is 6:30 pm.