Rice baseball roared out to a big lead against Prairie View A&M at home and held on to win their final midweek game of the season.
Even with a short rain delay pushing back the first pitch, it didn’t take long to for Rice baseball to make their presence known in their final midweek game of the 2023 season. A week removed from knocking off Houston 13-7, the Owls kept the offensive fireworks alive with a four-run first, three-run second, two-run third and a one-run fourth inning.
Rice surpassed double-digits in the hits column before the end of the third inning. By the time the fifth inning was in the books, six of the seven starters had multiple hits and all but two had either scored or driven in a run themselves.
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On the mound, Garret Zaskoda was charged with a pair of runs in 2.1 innings, giving way in the third inning to a string of various bullpen arms that held the Owls’ advantage. Jack Ben-Shoshan lower his season-long ERA to 3.24. following a 1.2-inning scoreless outing.
The best bullpen outing was had by Krishna Raj, who bounces back from a tough weekend appearance with a flawless three innings, striking out five without allowing any hits.
What it means | The bats work!
Against UTSA, Rice scored 7 runs, 8 runs and 6 runs. Then they hung 13 on Houston. A tough weekend against the plate against WKU — who leads the league with a 3,52 ERA in conference games — looked to have erased most of that offensive momentum. However, Tuesday’s 18-run outburst proved the bats might still have some juice left to share. A season-high 23 hits echoed that hopeful tune.
The Owls’ upcoming opponent, FIU, ranks dead last in conference play with a staggering 7.35 ERA. The Praire View A&M staff entered Tuesday night with a 7.11 season-long ERA. If Rice can put up runs in bunches against this staff, they should be able to score this weekend in a do-or-die series.
ON DECK | vs FIU (Thr-Sat)
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