Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BEAUMONT, Texas -- Beaumont native Ford Proctor tallied a career-high four hits while tying his career-high with four RBI to help pace the visiting Rice baseball team to a 6-2 road victory over longtime state foe Lamar Wednesday night in Beaumont, Texas.
Proctor was the catalyst for runs in two of the Owls' three scoring innings. With two away and runners on second and third base in the top of the third, the former Bishop Kelly H.S. star lined a base hit into right-center field to drive both Owls home. Proctor then scored on back-to-back singles by Chace Sarchet and Justin Collins to give Rice a 3-0 lead.
With Owls on first and second in the top of the seventh, a textbook sacrifice bunt by Braden Comeaux advanced the runners imto scoring position. Proctor followed with a base hit up the middle for his third hit of the game and his third and fourth RBI. With his fourth base hit in the top of the ninth he raised his season batting average to a team best .467 (21-of-45).
The Blue & Gray still needed a good effort on the mound and sophomore Roel Garcia was sound and solid in his first career start and just his second appearance of the young season. The right-hander from Pasadena, Texas, posted a career-high five strikeouts in working a career-long 5.0 innings. He allowed just one run and one walk to earn his first collegiate win. Evan Kravetz, Blair Lewis and Kendall Jefferies all contributed with quality work out of the Owl bullpen. The Cardinals finished with two runs on a total of five hits.
Rice improved to 6-7 overall. Lamar is now 4-10 on the season.
After back-to-back midweek road games Rice can now look forward to one its longest homestands of the season. The Owls are scheduled for six-straight games at Reckling Park starting on March 9. Rice hosts WCC power Gonzaga in a four-game series Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm.