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Baseball Falls to Rice, 15-11

The Raiders battled back<br>from a 12-0 deficit but<br>fell just short of knocking<br>off the No. 1 seed Owls.
The Raiders battled back
from a 12-0 deficit but
fell just short of knocking
off the No. 1 seed Owls.

May 30, 1999

Box Score | Postgame Quotes

LUBBOCK (AP) - Rice's 10 run third inning was too much for Texas Tech as the Owl's defeated the Red Raiders 15-11 to advance to next week's NCAA super regionals.

The Owl's (56-12) forced a second championship game with Texas Tech (42-17) by defeating the Red Raiders 3-1 on a two run homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Rice started off the game with a two run second inning and added 10 more runs in the third to take an early 12-0 advantage and what seemed like a blowout of the home team Texas Tech. But, the Red Raiders didn't die easily by recording 11 straight runs to bring the game within four.

It was a night of many pitchers, as both team accounted for nine pitching changes on the evening but the biggest change came for Rice in the bottom of the ninth with two Tech runners on base and one out, the Owl's brought in ace Mario Ramos for the save.

"That is as tough as it gets," said Rice Head Coach Wayne Graham. "Our kids did a great job with the bats early and Mario Ramos did it for us again on the mound."

Both teams accounted for 31 hits in the offensive explosion and five errors.

RICE        02(10)  030  000  15  15  3 
TEXAS TECH  000     131  600  11  16  2

2B - Gray (11), Berg (18), Lukin (5), Ruiz (8), Burns (3), Durham (6) HR - Ford (11), Huth (2)

W. Nichols (14-3);L. Allison (4-2)

Battery Tech: Allison;p Bard;c

Rice: Nichols;p Lukin;c

Rice 15 Texas Tech 11
Dan Law Field, Lubbock, TX, May 30, 1999
Eliminated: #3 Rutgers, #4 UW-Milwaukee, #2 Texas Tech
Championship: #2 Texas Tech vs. #1 Rice; 6:00 p.m.

All-Tournament Team

catcher         Josh Bard, Texas Tech
first base      Jacob Baker, Rice
second base     Scott Holzhauer, Texas Tech
shortstop       Damon Thames, Rice
third base      Jason Huth, Texas Tech
outfielders     Charles Williams, Rice
                Will Ford, Rice
                Marco Cunningham, Texas Tech
DH              Chad Sadowski, UW-Milwaukee
pitcher         Mario Ramos, Rice
pitcher         Kenny Baugh, Rice

Most Outstanding Player Will Ford, Rice

Total attendace at Regional: 21, 171
attendance at Tech games:     19,361

Avg. attendance: 3,024 Tech avg. attendace: 4,840



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