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HOUSTON — Rice scored in each of the first four innings and posted 17 hits en route to a 14-5 victory over the Columbia baseball team Wednesday night. Randell Kanemaru went 3-for-5 for the Lions (3-11) to push his streak of reaching base to 34 consecutive games.
Timmy Post (0-1) made his first career start and took the decision. He was charged with five runs on six hits with one strikeout.
Columbia registered 11 hits and jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first, but left 12 men on base on the night.
Kanemaru and Liam McGill notched back-to-back hits and Chandler Bengtson drew a walk to load the bases. Matt Cerfolio drove in a pair with a single up the middle to give the Lions the lead in the top of the first. With a runner on third, Jack Chernow made a heads-up play, hustling down the line on a wild pitch on strike three to reach base and allow Bengtson to score from third.
Rice responded swiftly in the first, using a leadoff double by Ryan Chandler and an RBI single from Braden Comeaux to get on the board in the bottom of the first. The Owls plated four in the second to take a 5-3 lead, highlighted by
In the third, McGill and Bengtson were in the middle of another rally after recording consecutive hits. Joe Engel followed with a double to bring in the lead runner, but Bengtson was thrown out at the plate on a bang-bang play to keep Rice in front by a run.
Rice took advantage of a hit batsman and a walk, sandwiched around a single to occupy all three bases in the bottom of the inning. Dominic Cox and Chandler each singled to push the advantage to 7-4 and the Owls added another insurance run via
Bradley Gneiting, Chandler, Cruz and Comeaux each tallied RBI’s in the sixth and eighth innings to cap Rice’s scoring.
The Lions put runners on in each of the final six
Comeaux and Cruz each recorded three hits for the Owls. Will Amador (3-1) earned the win in relief, tossing three innings of two-hit, shutout
The Lions will remain in Houston to take on New Mexico at Schroeder Park at the University of Houston Friday, March 16. Game time is set for 3 p.m. eastern time.