Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON – Visiting Stanford scored in each of the first four innings to claim a 16-6 win over the Rice baseball team in the opening game of a four-game series Thursday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.
The Cardinal, ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation, jumped on the scoreboard for two runs in the top of the first inning before another two unearned runs in the second. Rice answered with two in the bottom of the frame as true freshman Addison Moss collected his first collegiate hit, a two-out liner into right-center field with the bases-loaded to make it 4-2.
Rice then walked three in the top of the third and had three wild pitches as Stanford scored three times to go up 7-2. The Owls quickly got the runs right back in its half of the inning. Darryn Sheppard laced a two-out bases-loaded double to left to keep the Blue & Gray within two runs, 7-5.
Stanford broke the game open with an eight-run top of the fourth on seven hits. The big blow was a grand slam home run by Quinn Brodey as part of a 3-for-6, seven RBI, night. Both teams plated a final run in the seventh inning in the 16-6 final.
Rice is now 4-10 overall. The Owls finished with seven different players in the lineup combing for 11 hits. The Blue & Gray has posted double-digit hits six times in the last eight games. Stanford improved to 10-3 on the season.
The four-game home series continues thru Sunday (Mar. 12). Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:30 pm. Saturday’s game begins at 2 pm and Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 1 pm.