Rice Owls Club Baseball

Rice Sweeps Houston, clinches District VII-East title
April 15, 2013, 1:50 am
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The Owls defeated University of Houston three times this weekend to clinch the top spot in District VII-East of NCBA Division II. With the sweep, Rice has now won 13 straight games and is 14-1 in district play. The Owls won the first game 10-4 behind a complete game from Mike Vatcher and offensive production throughout the lineup. In game two, Rice faced Houston’s ace, the only pitcher in the conference who has beaten the Owls this season. In this second matchup, Rice was able to scratch out two runs and win 2-0, thanks to Daniel Kaplan’s dominant complete-game one-hit shutout. Game three wasn’t nearly as tight, with Rice winning 10-1. Zach Satira was strong for six innings, allowing just an unearned run, while Oscar Turner pitched a scoreless 7th to secure the sweep. Eric Manpearl led Rice’s 15-hit onslaught with four hits in the game.

In addition to Manpearl, many other Owls had notable offensive performances in the series. Among others, Alex Kendall had 5 hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, Jacob Hernandez had 6 RBI, many of which drove in Chris Walker, who scored 6 runs, Jake Gildan had two multi-hit games in the series, and Ryan Monahan had three hits against the UH ace.

A long fungo golf round between games one and two led to most of the team almost not being ready for game two, and one player accidentally hit his drive into some of the UH players. No punches were thrown. The Rice Thresher will publish an article this Friday about the team, and the article will be posted shortly after.


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