Houston vs Rice - Sugarland - Tuesday @ 7pm (L 2-1)

Probably the last chance to see the Coogs in the Houston area this year. They head to Florida the next two weeks after this and then we’ll see their tourney fate.

Also, the Silver Glove is up for grabs in this one.

Houston (31-19, 11-10 The American) vs. Rice (23-28, 14-3 Conference USA)
May 13 | Constellation Field | Sugar Land, Texas
Live Stats | Live Audio
All-Time Series: Houston trails, 82-107

• The Owls enter the midweek with a 23-28 record.
• Rice has won its last two games and is coming off a 2-1 series win over Southern Miss.
• Senior Evan Kravetz, who was named the CUSA Pitcher of the Week on Monday, and junior Matt Caterino are tied for second in the CUSA in strikeouts (103).
• Caterino was tabbed the CUSA Preseason Pitcher of the Year and a Preseason All-American by Baseball America (Second Team) and the NCBWA (Third Team).
• Senior designated hitter Andrew Dunlap leads the Owls and is second in the CUSA in RBI (54), third in slugging percentage (.609), fourth in home runs (12) and eighth in on-base percentage (.441). He also leads Rice in batting average (.328) and hit by pitch (17).
• The Owls were picked to finish fourth and garnered one first-place vote in the CUSA Preseason Poll.
• Rice is batting .273 as a team and has a 4.76 ERA, compared to opponents’ .263 average and 5.49 ERA.

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Dang it, why do these games always fall on my kids ball games!?!?!?!

Need to avoid a bad loss here…wish we could replace this game with FAU game that was cancelled last week!


Not me…playing a fired up Rice team will help get us ready for the final series against UCF and the conference tourney.
Not too often when two rivals can get together and get their fans excited.



They had the wrong live stats link, here’s the correct one:

Bottom 2nd

Leadoff walk for Fuentes, 1 out walk to Hyland and then another to Lovelace loads the bases. Rice goes to the bullpen.

Pop out and a K end the inning.

T3…Tied 0-0…5 LOB for the Coogs so far

Top 3rd

2 walks, a bunt K and a wild pitch put runners on 2nd/3rd. Groundout to Burckel scores a run, runner to 3rd…Rice leads 1-0

K ends the inning

M3…Rice leads 1-0

Top 4th

Pettitte walks the first batter and Rooney goes to Bond.

HBP and then a grounder that Burckel bobbles, but ends up getting the batter at 1st, runners on 2nd/3rd with 1 out. Sac fly to Padgett, but runner out at 3rd…Rice leads 2-0

M4…Rice leads 2-0

Bottom 5th

New pitcher for Rice.

Triolo HBP to lead off. Burckel walks on 4 pitches. With one out, both runners steal 2nd/3rd. Cherry walks to load the bases. New pitcher for Rice.

Bielo sac fly scores Triolo, Burckel to 3rd…Rice leads 2-1

Fuentes walks to load the bases again. Coogs leave them loaded.

T6…Rice leads 2-1…Coogs have left 9 on base

Always a bad sign when the home plate umpire doesn’t know the count :roll_eyes:

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Top 6th

Hurdsman on to pitch.

1 out single, followed by a HBP. Flyout allows the runner from 2nd to go to 3rd. K looking ends the threat.

M6…Rice leads 2-1

Cougar gloves have shown up in a big way tonight. Great play by Burckel earlier, Padgett made an incredible catch a few innings ago and also threw out a runner trying to advance, and Bielo just ran a ball down that he had no business catching.

Going to be a tough series this weekend. Note, this temporarily pushes Houston above FAU in RPI. Coogs need to win to maintain it.


Bottom 6th

Back to back 2 out singles by Triolo and Burckel put runners on 1st/2nd. Coogs can’t get them any further.

T7…Rice leads 2-1…Coogs have left 11 on base.

Bottom 7th

Leadoff single by Cherry. Next 3 hitters K.

T8…Rice leads 2-1…Coogs have left 12 on base

Top 9th

Roedahl on to pitch.

2 out walk. Another walk. K looking ends the inning.

M9…Rice leads 2-1

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Bottom 9th

Burckel, Davis, Cherry due up for the Coogs.

Burckel walks. Davis pops out. Cherry single, Burckel to 2nd. Now the closer comes in for Rice.

Bielo Groundout to short. Both runners advance. Way pinch hits. Groundout to 3rd ends it

Rice wins 2-1

Coogs left 14 on base. Bad loss.

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14 LOB translates into almost 5 full innings of leaving the bases loaded.