June 4, 2017
Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Rice baseball team stayed alive in the NCAA Tournament's double-elimination bracket with a 9-5 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La.
With the win the Owls are 33-30 on the season and next play Regional host LSU at 8 pm. Southeastern Louisiana's season came to an end with a 37-22 overall record.
Southeastern Louisiana opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. Carson Crites led off with single up the middle. He stole second to move into scoring position and went to third on a long fly to center. Derrick Mount followed with a RBI single to left for the 1-0 advantage.
The Rice offense jumped into gear in the bottom of third. Back-to-back singles by Charlie Warren and Addison Moss to start the third put Owl runners at the corners. Ryan Chandler chopped a ball hard to the right side and the Lions elected to try and get the out at home plate. The veteran Warren, however, slid under the tag on a high throw to tie the score, 1-1.
With runners still on first and second the Blue & Gray wasn't quite finished at the plate. Ford Proctor followed with a RBI double to left-center for a 2-1 lead. Dane Myers then bashed a three-run homer to straight-away centerfield. Myers' eighth longball of the season, and second of the NCAA Regional, gave Rice a 5-1 advantage.
The Lions bounced right back for a pair of runs in the fourth. Brennan Breaud stroked a leadoff single and Taylor Schwanner homered to center to make it 5-3.
Rice answered with single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth. In the fourth, Charlie Warren laced a one-out double to right-center and scored on a RBI single by Proctor. The Owls loaded the bases on two hits and a walk in the fifth when the Owls' seventh run scored on a Lion fielding error. Proctor scored for the second time, and the team's eighth run of the day in sixth.
Southeastern continued to fight and scored a run on three hits in the sixth. A solo homer from Ryan Byers kept the Lions within three, 8-5. In the eighth Myers doubled home Chandler for the Owls' ninth and final run.
Kendal Jefferies started on the mound and gave the team what it needed. The Spring, Texas, native worked 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He was relieved by Myers, who worked the final 3.2 frames allowing a run and striking out two.