HOUSTON — Over the weekend the Rice Owls exploded for 23 runs against Purdue. As it turns out they could have used a few of those runs Tuesday in a 3-1 loss against Sam Houston State. It was their fourth straight win over Rice and the sixth in the last eight games between the two schools.
Ryan Brinley pitched seven innings for the Bearkats, allowing just two hits and striking out two. Rice didn’t have their first base runner until the bottom of the third inning when designated hitter Connor Teykl worked a two-out walk.
“This is just a great ballgame for us. We got a great pitching performance from Ryan and for the most part played good defense. We got some timely hits and we capitalized on some mistakes. It was a great team win for us tonight.” said Sam Houston State head coach David Pierce.
Rice attempted a rally in the ninth. The Owls had a total of three base runners after hits by Skyler Ewing and Ford Stainback along with a walk in a pinch-hitting appearance by Blake Fox. Sam Houston State ended the threat to preserve a 3-1 final and improve to 8-1 overall. Rice fell to 6-3 on the season.
Sam Houston scored a pair of runs in the top of the third inning and Rice add a run of their own when Keenan Cook started the inning with a base hit through the left side and advanced to scoring position on a balk. He scored easily on Michael Aquino’s one-out double down the left field line.
The Bearkats added an unearned run in the eighth after a single and then gaining two extra stations on an Owl fielding error that made it 3-1.
San Houston State will turn their attention to the Houston College Classic this upcoming weekend. The Owls are next in action at Minute Maid Park for three games this weekend (Feb. 28-Mar. 2). Rice meets longtime rivals Texas, TCU and Texas Tech, respectively, at the annual Houston College Classic.