The Longhorns lost on the road Tuesday night against non-conference rival Rice, giving up 13 hits to the Owls and failing to get a hit of their own over the final three innings.
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How Texas lost
A big fifth inning for Rice and a failure to get hits down the stretch against a tough Owl bullpen.
Heading into the bottom of the fifth, Texas held a 2-1 lead, but it would be the last time in the game the Horns would be on top. Rice sent the 9-1-2 batters to the plate and after a fly out from 1B Jimmy Comerota, leadoff hitter Brock Holt knocked a single up the middle. Then Rice’s Rick Hague stepped to the plate and blasted Texas pitcher Austin Dicharry’s pitch over the left field wall to give the home team a lead it would not relent. Another pair of runs were added on an RBI single from DH Diego Seastrunk and a wild pitch, and Rice left the fifth with a 5-2 lead. Texas would get one more run in the sixth and Rice would add another in the seventh, but that was it for the scoring as the Owls shut down the Texas offense in the seventh, eighth and ninth, surrendering no hits during the final three innings.
MVP on the mound – Mike Ojala, RHP, Rice
Tant Shepherd, Kyle Lusson and Jordan Etier were all struck out in ninth inning by Ojala. The 6-foot-3 junior right-hander closed out the game by retiring all five batters he faced, four of them with a strikeout, in his one and a half innings pitched.
MVP at the plate – Rick Hague, SS, Rice
Hague’s two-run blast in the fifth gave Rice the lead and accounted for half of the runs in Rice’s most important inning at the plate. Hague finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run.
Texas next plays at Kansas for a three-game set against the Jayhawks this weekend. First pitch for Friday’s game in Lawrence, Kan. is set for 3:00 p.m. Central.