Rice Owls Club Baseball

Rice swept by Spring Hill
April 6, 2014, 7:59 pm
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In a tough tripleheader, the Owls lost all three games to conference opponent Spring Hill College. In game one, after a shaky start from Daniel Kaplan, Jake Gildan led the way on the mound with 2.2 scoreless innings, and at the plate with a 3-4 afternoon. In a managerial decision that will be debated on the radio talk shows all week, scheduled game 2 starter Mike Vatcher came in with a 7-6 lead and one out in the 7th, but couldn’t hold the lead, and the Owls lost 10-7 in 8 innings. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless reportedly were already weighing in on the subject.

Vatcher recovered well in game 2, shutting out the Badgers through 6 innings, with just one run of support from the offense. However, like in game one, the Owls couldn’t hold their one run lead in the 7th inning, and lost 4-1 in 8 innings.

Game three was shortened to five innings because of rain, and Oscar Turner’s solid outing on the mound was derailed by poor defense from the Owls. Trailing 4-3 in the final inning with runners on second and third with one out, the game ended on a double play as the tying run was thrown out at the plate to end it on a very questionable call by the umpire.

While all three games were losses, the Owls remain optimistic because of how close each game was. Rice plays Tulane in New Orleans next weekend, and must do well if they want to three-peat as division champions.


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