Owls Close Out Regular Season This Weekend at LA Tech

May 19, 2016

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May 19 (Thur.) 6 pm; Rice at LA Tech
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May 20 (Fri.) 6 pm; Rice at LA Tech
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May 21 (Sat.) 1 pm; Rice at LA Tech
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The Rice baseball team, 32-17 overall and ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation this week by D1Baseball.com, returns to Conference USA league play on May 19 (Thurs.). The Owls play a key three-game road series at LA Tech. Game times vs. the Bulldogs are set for 6 pm on both Thursday and Friday in Ruston, La.. Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 1 pm. Rice enters the week trailing Southern Miss for first place in the C-USA standings. There is no margin for error in the three remaining league games.

Play-By-Play Audio On The Web
Every Rice baseball game this season is scheduled for a live audio broadcast around the world on the Internet at RiceOwls.com. Tune-in to the pregame show 15 minutes before each game's first pitch. J.P. Heath is in his eighth season as the regular voice of the Owls.

Watch Weekend Games Online Via OwlVision All-Access
Most C-USA games are slated for a live on-line video broadcast by OwlVision All Access. OwlVision is a subscription-based service which matches the play-by-play audio with a video feed to create a television-like broadcast on the Internet (either live or in an archived format). Information about the service and subscription prices are available at RiceOwls.com. Games that have been selected for TV broadcasts can alter the OwlVision availability.

National Rankings Update • Owls Ranked As High As No. 15
Here's a closer look at some of the national rankings, as well as Rice's spot in the same poll from last week:
Organization             Current    Previous
D1Baseball.com              15         13
Baseball America            16         14
College Baseball Central    19         19
USA Today/ESPN              21         21
PerfectGame.com             22         20
Collegiate Baseball         24         18
NCBWA                       28         27

NCAA RPI at No. 26
If you have disdain for the politics of the various baseball polls and prefer the cold, hard math of the NCAA's official Rating Power Index (RPI), then consider that Rice has the No. 30 RPI in the nation heading into the weekend. Rice is among three C-USA schools ranked in the current RPI top 30.

Follow The Tweeting Rice Owls
The official Rice baseball Twitter account is @RiceOwlsBSB while the Rice Athletics department is @RiceOwlsdotcom. Twitter is perhaps the fastest way to get weather-related changes to the schedule/updated start times.

Live Stats On GameTracker
Links to live play-by-play text and statistics from every home game are posted on RiceOwls.com. Look for the GameTracker links on the Rice Athletics front page, the weekly series preview, and the baseball schedule page.

The Last Meeting
Louisiana Tech2
March 15, 2015
Reckling Park
Owls Complete Sweep of LA Tech With 9-2 Win Sunday
Rice jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on the way to a convincing 9-2 C-USA victory over visiting Louisiana Tech in the finale of the league series Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.





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