HOUSTON – Each of the top five hitters in the Rice baseball lineup all had two hits, and the pitching duo of Addison Moss and Willy Amador combined to keep visiting crosstown foe HBU off the scoreboard, as the Owls claimed a 6-0 shutout victory Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.
Rice won the three-game weekend series to improve its overall record to 5-6 on the season. HBU fell to 4-8.
The Owls opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with a two-out single by Ford Proctor to drive home Ryan Chandler and Braden Comeaux. A sacrifice fly after three-consecutive singles plated a run in the fourth to make the score 3-0. Rice added some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to stretch the final margin to 6-0.
Not only did the first five batters in the Rice order (Chandler, Trei Cruz, Comeaux, Proctor and Chace Sarchet) all have two hits, each player also scored one run and accounted for four of the RBI. Overall the team was a steady 8-of-18 (.444) when batting with runners on base and applied consistent offensive pressure.
Where pitchers always welcome offensive support, the Moss and Amador tandem was in control. Moss started and matched his career high with five strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Amador posted his best outing of 2018, firing a season-long 5.1 scoreless frames with one strikeout and scattering just three hits. He won head-to-head battles to strand HBU runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Rice is next back out on the road for each of its next two games. The Owls play at longtime rivals Texas State and Lamar on March 3 & 4, respectively. The Blue & Gray is then back at Reckling Park to begin six-game homestand starting on Friday (March 9).