No. 27 Rice Shuts Down Baseball, 12-0, in Series Finale

No. 27 Rice Shuts Down Baseball, 12-0, in Series Finale

Freshman Mitch Klug had a hit in the loss Sunday (Erik Williams). 

HOUSTON, Texas – The Rice pitching staff sileneced the Harvard baseball bats, as the Crimson fell to the Owls, 12-0, Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.

The Rice trio of Kevin McCanna, Connor Mason and Evan Rutter combined to hurl a one-hitter, as Mitch Klug registered the lone hit for the Crimson (1-9), a single in the second inning.

Sean Poppen (0-1) shouldered the loss for Harvard, tossing five innings with one strikeout, two walks and five earned runs. T.J. Laurisch threw two innings of scoreless ball and Shaun Rubin gave up one earned run and fanned one batter in a single frame of relief.

It looked like the Crimson might take an early lead afte Rice committed an error and walked a batter with two outs in the opening stanza; however, the next batter grounded back to McCanna to end the threat.

The Owls then jumped in front early for the second consecutive game, as Harvard allowed two three-run innings to open the contest. A single, wild pitch and infield error gave Rice the runners it scored in the first, while the second trio of runs came on a two-run single up the middle and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second.

After the single in the second, Harvard did not threaten the rest of the way, as the trio of Rice hurlers managed to silence the Crimson bats. 

Following three frames of scoreless play, Rice scored five more times in the sixth, as Keenan Cook delivered a bases clearing triple to plate three runs and put the game out of reach. 

In the seventh, the Owls added their final run to complete the series sweep. 

The Crimson will resume play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tomorrow at 7 p.m.