No. 15 Rice Hands TCU 5-0 Loss
March 11, 2014
HOUSTON - A four-run fifth inning helped the 15th-ranked Rice hand TCU a 5-0 loss Tuesday night at Reckling Park. Freshman Ryan Burnett threw three scoreless innings of relief.
Jordan Kipper (1-2) was touched for five runs (four earned) on six hits. He walked one (it was intentional) and struck out four. Trey Teakell gave up two hits and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning. Burnett turned in a solid outing out of the bullpen. He threw three scoreless, allowing two hits and striking out three.
TCU had opportunities early in the game to jump out in front but left the bases loaded in the third and a runner on in each of the first and fourth innings.
Rice took advantage of its first real opportunity to get the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Skyler Ewing opened the inning with a base hit and moved to second on a ground out to third. A base hit from John Clay Reeves put runners on the corners with one out. TCU got the ground ball it wanted, but Chase McDowell just beat the relay throw from second to avoid the inning-ending double play, giving Rice the 1-0 lead.
The Frogs looked poised to answer back in the top of the fifth as Keaton Jones lead off the inning with a base hit. He was standing on second after a Cody Jones sacrifice. Dylan Fitzgerald roped a single into right field, but the ball was hit too sharply and Keaton Jones had to be held at third with one out. A strong defensive play by the second baseman on a line drive from Kevin Cron turned into an inning-ending double play.
Rice sent nine men to the plate in the fifth and four runs came home to give the Owls a commanding 5-0 lead. A hit batter started the Rice rally as four straight batters reached. Keenan Cook doubled home the first run of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out, the Frogs went to the bullpen. Teakell got a strikeout for the second out, but back-to-back singles from Reeves and McDowell drove in runs, while an errant throw across the diamond plated the fourth run of the inning.
Following the crazy fifth inning, the bullpen for both teams took over in the sixth inning. Each team used one reliever to close out the final three innings of the game.
TCU falls to 9-7 on the season. The Frogs will return home to play host to Dartmouth for a three-game series beginning Friday night at 6:30.