Rice Baseball had another chance to take down Texas A&M, but the offense never materialized, resulting in the Owls’ first midweek defeat.
Despite never truly connecting with a hard-hit ball, Texas A&M loaded the bases in the second inning. Then, on a collection of singles, the Aggies broke through. Texas A&M put up a four-spot in the inning and didn’t really threaten again. Rice starter JD McCracken and reliever Justin Long kept them at bay for a while, but the damage had been done.
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Rice would scratch its only run across in the seventh. Texas A&M added two more with a two-out, two-RBI double in the following half inning and that was that. For the second time this week, Rice fell to Texas A&M.
What it means | Mind the Gap
Nearly a month of Rice baseball is in the books, representing roughly a quarter of the 2023 season. That’s enough data points to start building a realistic picture of what this team will be this year. They’ve handled the Sam Houstons and UTRGVs of the world with relative ease. They’ve had their moments against some of the sports’ better teams, defeating Texas Tech and coming close against Stanford. But how good are they really?
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This isn’t a Top 10 team. It’s probably not a Top 25 team. But they should firmly cement themselves, at a minimum, as better than lower tiers if they can get a series win over Houston Christian this weekend. That still leaves a fairly wide spectrum and Rice is somewhere in between. With Parker Smith on the mound, they’re dangerous. When he’s not, Texas A&M hands Rice their second defeat in as many matchups.
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