Rice Owls Club Baseball

Owls Add Two More Weekends to Fall Schedule
June 29, 2010, 2:38 am
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The Owls have slated to more series for the fall, home sets against Baylor University and Southern Methodist University.  Both series will be held in Houston the same weekends as the Baylor and SMU football teams are in town to take on the Owls at Historic Rice Stadium.  Full fall schedule can be found here.

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Fall 2010 Schedule Taking Shape
June 18, 2010, 11:01 pm
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The Owls, looking to build on their recent successes, have begun putting together games for Fall 2010.  Rice recently has added series in Austin, TX against the Texas Longhorns and in New Orleans, LA against the Tulane Green Wave.  The trip to Austin will occur over Rice’s Fall Recess (October 9) and the set against Tulane will coincide with the Rice-Tulane football game (November 13).  An up-to-date fall schedule can be found here.

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Rice Owls Finish Season Ranked #5
June 16, 2010, 1:03 pm
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The NCBA released their final poll yesterday, and the Owls jumped into the ranking at #5.  This was the first time all season the Owls had been in the Top 15.  They earned their top-5 spot through a strong 2-2 showing at the NCBA World Series in Johnstown, PA.  The full poll can be found here.

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Complete NCBA World Series Coverage
June 1, 2010, 12:41 am
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Game 1: #8 Rice Owls vs. #1 William and Mary Tribe

William and Mary 8, Rice 2

The Owls came out of the gates a bit rusty in an 8-2 loss to #1 seed William and Mary.  Uncharacteristically, the Owls walked 8 batters and made multiple errors in the field.  What should have been a tight game got out of hand as Rice continually struggled to get the third out each inning.

Game 2: #8 Rice Owls vs. #4 Western State College of Colorado

Rice 5, Western State 2

In their first elimination game, the Owls managed to show up loose and play a consistent game of baseball despite a 30 minute rain delay.  Junior Ben Lopez picked up his second win of the season behind a solid complete game effort.  The Owls won 5-2, eliminating Western State and setting up a rematch with #1 William and Mary.  The Owls had were the feature story in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, here.

Game 3: #8 Rice Owls vs. #1 William and Mary Tribe

Rice 6, William and Mary 4

In a tough rematch, the Owls pulled off a 6-4 upset victory and eliminated top-seeded William and Mary.  The strong pitching of Dan Bianculli and Brandon Davies helped Rice move into the semi-finals of the NCBA World Series.

Game 4: #8 Rice Owls vs. #5 Northeastern University Huskies

Northeastern 6, Rice 3

The Owls’ season came to a close with a loss to eventual champion Northeastern.  The Huskies had won their first two games in dominating fashion before squeaking past the Owls in the semi-finals.  Senior Dave Garland threw 4+ strong innings for the Owls before tiring in the fifth.  The Huskies’ four-run fifth inning was the difference in their 6-3 victory.  The story from the local news can be found here.

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