April 8, 2014
AUSTIN - Three Rice pitchers combined on a one-hitter, while the Owl offense was in high gear with 13 hits, as the Rice baseball team stormed to a 7-2 victory over No. 7 ranked Texas Tuesday night UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.
Rice came out swinging and started the scoring in the top of the second inning. Connor Teykl lined a leadoff base hit through the right side and Ford Stainback followed with a walk. Teykl hustled to third on fly-out to foul territory on the right side, and he trotted home on an RBI single by Charlie Warren.
Texas came back and tied the game, but did so without getting a hit. Madison Carter drew a one-out walk and ended up taking two stations on a pair of wild pitches. He scored on a ground out by Zane Gurwitz that made it 1-1.
The Owls quickly returned serve in the top of the third. Shane Hoelscher lined a leadoff double that landed just inside the right field line for his 200th career Rice hit. He advanced to third on John Clay Reeves' sacrifice bunt and sprinted home on Connor Teykl's grounder to first base for a 2-1 advantage.
Rice erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth for its biggest offensive inning in three weeks. The Owls collected five hits, a walk and hit batsman while sending a total of ten men to the plate to stretch the margin to 7-1.
Texas got one run back in the bottom of the frame. Gurwitz drew a one-out walk, went to second on a stolen base and scored on the Horns' first hit of the game by Ben Johnson.
Caleb Smith started on the mound for the Blue & Gray and gave way to Trevor Teykl in the bottom of the second. Teykl went on to work a career-long 5.1 innings where he allowed one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Freshman Jon Duplantier pitched the final 2.1 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out two. The pitchers enjoyed a steady defensive effort in the field with three double plays.
Eight of the nine Owls in the batting order hit safely and four had two hits in the 13-hit attack. Hoelscher led all players with three hits, and he also drew a walk with two runs scored.
Rice improved to 23-12 on the season. The Longhorns are now 26-8 overall, losing at home for only the fifth time this year.
The Owls' current road swing continues through next week. Rice next plays a three-game C-USA series at Tulane April 11-13. Friday's contest is slated for a 6:30 pm start in New Orleans, La.
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