HOUSTON -- Visiting TCU scored three runs in the eighth inning and two in the ninth to claim a 6-4 win over the Rice baseball team Tuesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.
Rice held a 4-1 lead over the No. 7 ranked Horned Frogs with just six outs to go in the contest. TCU drew four walks in a three-run eighth to tie the game, 4-4. The Frogs took their first lead of the night in the ninth, scoring two runs on a hit, a walk and Rice fielding error. The Owls put the leadoff man on base to start the bottom of the inning, but TCU turned a double play before closing out the 6-4 final.
Rice, now 8-8 overall, played well to get into position to defeat the ranked foe. The Owls were the first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Ford Proctor extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single to left and moved into scoring position on a balk. He advanced to third on a grounder to the right side and scored on Dane Myers` bunt single.
TCU answered with a tying run in the third, but Rice avoided further damage with sharp relay throws to get an advancing baserunner after Cam Warner's RBI single. The Blue & Gray moved in front with two in the fifth. Andrew Dunlap ripped a one-out double to left, Myers walked, and both advanced on a ground out. Junior Charlie Warren laced a two-out single to right-center to drive home both runs to make it a 3-1 game.
The Owls added another in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Dominic DiCaprio doubled near the right field line. He scored from second on Proctor's second hit of the night, a two-out base hit up the middle to extend the margin to 4-1.
Six Rice pitchers, Jackson Parthasarathy, Zach Esquivel, Evan Kravetz, Glenn Otto, Austin Solecitto and Myers all saw action on the night. Kravetz posted the longest outing of his collegiate career. The freshman from Miami, Fla., worked 3.1 shutout frames while allowing just one base hit in a no-decision.
The Owls next open Conference USA league play with a three-game weekend series at UTSA on March 18-20. Start times against the Roadrunners are set for 6 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday. Rice's weekend trip to San Antonio marks only the second time this year for the Blue & Gray to play outside the city of Houston since the start of the season on Feb. 19.