March 25, 2014
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HOUSTON - Houston exploded for six runs in the bottom of the first inning to claim a 6-2 win over the Rice baseball team Tuesday evening across town at the UH's Cougar Field.
With the second-straight win over Rice in the season-long three-game series, Houston has won the annual Silver Glove Trophy from the Owls for the first time since 2000.
All of the game's runs were score in the first inning of action. Rice used four-straight singles to start the game by Leon Byrd, Keenan Cook, Skyler Ewing and John Clay Reeves for a 1-0 lead. Shane Hoelscher's one-out single made it a 2-0 advantage.
Houston answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning. After the Cougars put both of the first two batters on base, Rice had a chance to end the inning on one pitch. The Owls corralled a line drive when UH was in a hit-and-run and a ways from getting back to their respective bases, but Rice could not get even one additional out and a third did not seem so implausible.The Cougars then proceeded to bat around for a total of six runs on four hits and two more walks off two Rice pitchers.
"Catching the line drive for the first out was probably the toughest part of what should have been at least a double play, and good chance to get three (outs)," said Rice had coach Wayne Graham. "We came out hitting, which is what we wanted. We did not get pitching early. I thought Jon (Duplantier) did well (in 5.0 innings of relief) and that was good sign."
Rice is now 19-7 overal. Houston improved to 20-4. Rice next plays a home game on Wednesday (March 26) against longtime rival Lamar. First pitch at Reckling Park is scheduled for 6:30 pm.