Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 23 ranked Texas A&M rallied past the visiting Rice baseball team with six-consecutive runs over the middle innings to claim an 8-5 win over the Owls Tuesday evening in College Station, Texas.
Rice found different ways to post single runs on the scoreboard through the first four frames. Ryan Chandler stole home in the top of the first inning. Dane Myers extended his hitting streak to five games to drive-in Chace Sarchet in the third. Dayne Wunderlich came off the bench and drove home Brad Gneiting with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Texas A&M scored a run on a solo homer in the bottom of the second and then another in the fourth for a 3-2 game. The Aggies vaulted in front with three in the fifth and two more in the seventh to stretch the lead to 7-3.
Myers singled and scored to lead off the eighth, but the Aggies countered with a final run to keep the margin at four, 8-4. The Owls battled for a run in the ninth and threatened for more. The Blue & Gray had three hits, for a total of 11 in the game, and brought the tying run to the plate. A&M however worked out of the late jam in the 8-5 final.
In a predetermined work-load junior right-hander Glenn Otto made his first start on the mound since his freshman year and was solid. The Spring, Texas, native worked 3.0 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five. Sophomore shortstop Ford Proctor batted first in the order and finished the night with three hits. Eight different Owls had a hit in the game, but the squad was a combined 3-for-13 with teammates in scoring position.
Rice is now 6-17 on the season. Texas A&M improved to 15-7 overall. The Owls have closed out the rugged five-game road swing. Rice next returns home to Reckling Park for a Conference USA weekend series against Florida International March 24-26. Friday’s first pitch against the Panthers is scheduled for 6:30 pm.