SAN MARCOS, Texas – Rice pitchers Willy Amador, Glenn Otto and Dane Myers combined to hold Texas State to one run on three hits in the baseball team’s 3-1 road victory over Texas State Tuesday evening in San Marcos, Texas.
Runs and hits for both team proved to be at a premium Tuesday. The Owls’ pitching trio came up big, and the offense took advantage when a brief window of opportunity opened.
Rice used some classic baseball to manufacture the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. Connor Teykl drew a leadoff walk and moved to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Tristan Gray. Hunter Kopycinski followed with an RBI single to left-center and a 1-0 Owl lead.
Texas State used long ball to tie it in the bottom of the fourth. Tanner Hill tallied his 12th homer of the year to make score 1-1.
The Owls stranded runners at the corners in the sixth. Otto then came out of the bullpen to help Rice work around trouble in the bottom of the same inning after the Bobcats had put two on with just one away.
Texas State appeared to be avoiding similar trouble in the top of the seventh. A two-base fielding error with two outs, however, opened the door and Rice gladly charged through. Ford Proctor scored from second on the error and Teykl took two stations to second base. Tristan Gray followed with a hard RBI double to left-center for another run that made it 3-1.
The Bobcats attempted a rally in the bottom of the seventh, but Rice answered with a heads-up play from Kopycinski to get the lead runner at third base on a sacrifice attempt. There was therefore no sacrifice fly on an ensuing fly ball, and an inning-ending strikeout by Otto retired the side.
Otto had a 1-2-3 eighth on the way to his fourth win of the season. Myers came in to pitch from third base in the bottom of the ninth, and registered the same three-up three-down shut-down for his fourth save.
Amador was equally solid in his fifth start of the season. The right-hander worked a career-long 5.1 innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while tying a career-high with five strikeouts.
The Owls are now 21-11 on the season. Texas State is 21-13 overall.
Rice next returns home to host Western Kentucky in a three-game Conference USA weekend series at Reckling Park on April 15-17. Game times are set for 6:30 pm on Friday, 2 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm start time on Sunday.