Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (email@example.com)
HOUSTON – Rice true freshman Matt Canterino tied a career-high with ten strikeouts in a career-long 7.0 shutout innings to help pace the Rice baseball team to a 4-0 victory over No. 11 ranked Stanford Friday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.
Only a week ago Canterino posted a similar start against another west coast power, Pepperdine, striking out ten in 6.2 scoreless innings and close to his first collegiate win on the mound. In that game, however, the Rice bullpen allowed two runners he had left on base to score leaving the rookie right-hander with a no-decision in a game the Owls went on to lose 5-2.
Friday’s contest seemed to be following a similar script, only this time Owl reliever Glenn Otto rewrote the final act. Otto fired two scoreless innings with four strikeouts of his own to complete the shutout of the nation’s No. 11 ranked team.
The Rice offense also gave Canterino a little more breathing room with single runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings. After Ford Proctor led off the second with a double and scored on Addison Moss’ two-out single into centerfield, Proctor drove-in Ryan Chandler with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second.
The Blue & Gray used the longball for the final two runs. Darryn Sheppard led off the fourth with his second homer of the season and finished with three hits on the night. Dayne Wunderlich started the sixth inning with blast over the wall in left for a 4-0 advantage. The Owls finished the night with ten hits overall.
Rice improved to 5-10 on the season. Stanford is 10-4 overall at the halfway point of the four-game series that continues thru Sunday (Mar. 12). Saturday’s game begins at 2 pm and Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 1 pm.