March 26, 2014
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HOUSTON - Rice efficiently scored three runs on five hits and that was all the duo of Kevin McCanna and Trevor Teykl needed as the Owls' baseball team defeated longtime rival Lamar 3-2 Wednesday evening at Reckling Park.
After McCanna worked his way out of early danger, Rice tallied three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth. Keenan Cook, Skyler Ewing and John Clay Reeves started the inning with consecutive singles for a 1-0 lead. Shane Hoelscher sacrificed runners on first and second to second and third. Kirby Taylor followed with a two out base hit through the left side to stretch the margin to 3-0.
Lamar would not go away so easily and battled back for a run in the top of the sixth on doubles by Reed Seeley and Kyle Markum. It was the only score off McCanna in his fifth start of the season. The sophomore right-hander from The Woodlands, Texas, allowed five hits and a walk while striking out a career-high seven.
Teykl worked the final three frames where he allowed a walk and a run on one hit. The Cardinals' run was unearned after an Owl fielding error with two away in the eighth. He came right back with a 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the win and record his first Division I save.
"I thought both teams pitched pretty well," said Rice head coach Wayne Graham. "Kevin and Trevor both had good outings. (The top of the eighth) made it a game that could turn on a pitch, but it was a run they should not have had. Trevor then responded like we needed him to respond and got them out in the ninth.
"I was very pleased with Kirby hitting a good pitch to drive in two runs," coach Graham added. "Lamar pitched well, but we need to be able to hit good pitching."
Rice improved to 20-7 overall. Lamar dropped to 14-12 on the season. Rice next plays a three-game Conference USA weekend series on the road at Middle Tennessee, March 28-30.