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Longhorns beat Rice 6-4!

Rice coach Wayne Graham had one thing to say about the Texas Longhorns.

“If their pitching comes around, they are the best team in the country,” Graham said. “I don’t think there is any doubt about that.”

The Horns are well served by their ability to overcome mistakes and bad innings. Said Travis Tucker, above: ‘No one inning is more important than the others.’

And that was after Texas committed three errors Tuesday.

That also was after the Longhorns were held to eight hits and six runs, both below average.

Despite all that, the ninth-ranked Longhorns beat the eighth-ranked Owls for the 10th consecutive time, winning 6-4 in front of 5,133 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

“It’s because they did those things and they still won,” Graham said. “We walked a couple of batters and hit a couple of batters. But even something as little as that means you’re not going to beat a team like Texas.”

The Longhorns didn’t play the perfect game, but they always had an answer.

Rice took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, when Kyle Russell misplayed a fly ball by Rice’s Chad Lembeck with a runner on first. Russell picked up the ball and, as Lembeck raced around the bases, threw it into the Longhorns’ dugout for an unearned inside-the-park home run.

Texas responded as Travis Tucker led off the bottom of the inning with a single, and was driven home on a double by first baseman Chance Wheeless, who was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

“I think all of us are feeling really good at the plate,” said Wheeless, who raised his batting average to .380. “We put in a lot of work, and I think all that effort is really showing up in our ability to hit the ball and our offense.”

Wheeless helped Texas (23-8) add to the lead in the sixth inning with a single up the middle that scored Nick Peoples.

It was 5-2 after six innings, but Wheeless helped the Owls (19-10) jump back into the game.

With runners on first and second and one out in the seventh, Wheeless failed to come up with a ground ball by Jess Buenger, helping Rice cut the lead to 5-4.

“That ball was really spinning on me, and I thought I came up with it,” Wheeless said. “It was just one of those things.”

Texas designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer responded in the bottom half of the inning by hitting his second home run of the season.

“One of the reasons we are able to respond so much is every practice we practice playing every inning individually,” Tucker said. “No one inning is more important than the others.”

As for the errors, Texas coach Augie Garrido isn’t too worried.

“Those things happen. It’s baseball,” Garrido said. “The players are going to make mistakes, and then they’ve got to clean them up.”

Like the pitching staff, which struggled against Kansas State on Sunday, giving up 11 runs and 17 hits.

Tuesday was different, as Austin Wood (4-0), Pat McCrory, Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone, who got his seventh save, allowed just six hits and one walk. They also didn’t give up an earned run.

“Losing is going to happen,” said Wood, who gave up three hits and two unearned runs in 5 2/3 innings. “We just have to come out here, forget about it and get re-energized. And that’s what we did.”

Texas Scout.com Recap
Texas Rexap
Box Score
Rice Recap


Conference USA Recap for 3/20


Southern Miss 9 Louisiana-Monroe 5

The Eagles got their fourth straight victory with a 9-5 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening. Michael Ewing got three hits to lead the offense while Todd McInnis got the victory by going 3.0 innings on a staff night.

Southern Miss Recap
Louisiana-Monroe Recap
Hattiesburg American Recap

New Orleans 14 Tulane 2

The Privateers used a thirteen hit attack to hammer the Tulane Green Wave 14-2 in non-conference action on Tuesday. T.J. Baxter went 3-4 with four runs scored and four driven to lead the offensive charge.

UNO Recap
Tulane Recap

Texas A&M 10 Rice 9 (11 innings)

The Aggies picked up a very tough 10-9 victory over the Rice Owls on Tuesday. The Owls will be back in action on Friday when they visit Southern Miss for a weekend series.

Rice Recap
Texas A&M Recap

Memphis 17 Middle Tennessee State 3

The Memphis Tigers blew out Middle Tennessee State 17-3 on Tuesday. Bill Moss went 3-3 with four RBI and three runs scored to lead the Tigers to the victory.

Memphis Recap
Middle Tennessee State Recap

James Madison 12 Marshall 4

Matt Townsend hit two homers and drove in five runs to lead the Dukes to the 12-4 victory. The teams will face off on Wednesday.

JMU Recap
Marshall Recap

UAB 7 Troy 6

The UAB Blazers used a great relief appearance from James Oliver who entered with the tying run on second and the winning run on first with one out in the eighth but was able to get out of the jam and pick up his first save of the season.

UAB Recap
Troy Recap

Conference USA Players of the Week

Conference USA has released their players of the week for the period ending on March 11th. T.J. Hose of East Carolina and Todd McInnis are co-pitchers of the week. Hose set the stage for East Carolina to get a three game sweep over Cal-State Fullerton with a victory on Friday night. He went seven innings while only allowing three hits and only one run. Todd McInnis pitched into the eighth inning with a no-hitter against Alabama on March 6th. Kiki Vazquez of UCF was named the hitter of the week. He led the Golden Knights to a 5-0 record for the week. He hit .500 (7 for 14) with nine RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.000 for the week.

C-USA Release
East Carolina Release
Southern Miss Release
UCF Release

Conference USA has also released a recap of all the games this weekend from the conference which can be read here. I have also linked to some of the recaps from local papers on their respective teams below.

Southern Miss-LSU Series
Friday Recap
Saturday Recap
Sunday Recap

East Carolina sweeps Cal-State Fullerton
LMU takes rubber game from Tulane
Rice goes 3-0 in tourney

C-USA Players of the Week and Notebook

Aaron Luna of Rice was named the Player of the Week and Ryan Belanger of Southern Miss was named the Pitcher of the Week for Conference USA. Aaron Luna led Rice by batting .467 (7 for 15) with four RBI’s and six runs scored. Ryan Belanger went eight innings striking out seven and only walking run to pick up a 7-1 Southern Miss victory over a hot hitting Georgia Southern team.

Conference USA Release
Rice Release
Southern Miss Release

Conference USA has also released their notebook for week ending on February 25th which can be read here.

Conference USA Players of the Week

Conference USA has also released their player and pitcher of the week respectively. The pitcher of the week was Ryan Berry of Rice who pitched six shutout innings against Baylor on Saturday while only allowing three hits and a walk. Jimmy Cesario of University of Houston was named the Player of the Week because he went 8-12 last week in four games.

C-USA Players of the Week
Rice Release
Houston Release
C-USA Notebook for February 12th

Houston Astro College Classic Day 3 Results

Texas A&M got 4-2 victory over Number 1 ranked Rice to get to a 2-1 mark in the Houston Astros College Classic. Kyle Nicholson provided a lights out finish to the game by holding the Owls scoreless over the last 3.2 innings providing an opportunity for the Aggies to capitalize at the plate. Kelly Stinson provided a key walk and was driven in on a double by Luke Anders with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Stinson was able to make it around the bases from first to get the lead for the Aggies.

Rice Recap
Texas A&M Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap

The Vanderbilt Commodores were able to complete the sweep of the Houston Astros College Classic this weekend by knocking off Baylor 7-4 on Sunday. Dominic de la Osa was able to break a tie in the fifth inning with a two run single to drive in David Macias and Pedro Alvarez. Mike Minor was able to complete the save by pitching 2.1 innings of shutout baseball.

Vandy Recap
Baylor Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap

The Houston Cougars were slammed by the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday by a score of 11-1. The Cougars got zero pitching in the game as Wes Musick lasted 2.0 innings while giving up five runs (4 earned) and walking four players. Josh Satow on the other hand for the Sun Devils was marvelous pitching a complete game and only allowing six hits and one run. Ike Davis led the Sun Devils offense by going 2-4 with 3 RBI.

Arizona State Recap
Houston Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap

Rivals Notebook on Day 3
The All-Tournament team can be read here.

Owls silence Bears

The Rice Owls in the nightcap of the Houston College Classic beat the Baylor Bears 7-0. This was the Owls first win of the season. Freshman starter Ryan Berry had little work to do tonight by working six innings and not surrendering a run on three hits and a walk. Tyler Henley led the Owls offense with two hits. Both teams will be in action Sunday with Rice playing Texas A&M and Baylor taking on Vanderbilt. Joe Savery is expected to start on Sunday for Rice.

Rice Recap
Baylor Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap