Rice trumps Kansas State 13-4 to advance

June, 1, 2009
HOUSTON -- Experience in big games paid off for Rice.

The Owls earned their fifth straight trip to the super regionals with a 13-4 throttling of Kansas State on Monday night in the championship game of the Houston Regional.

The Owls (43-16) had to climb out of the losers' bracket to get there. But after having their 13-game winning streak in regional games snapped earlier in the tournament, they climbed out of the losers' bracket by winning two games Sunday and the game Monday night.

The loss ends the most successful season in KSU history. The Wildcats finish at 43-18-1 after making their first trip to the NCAA tournament in the 109 seasons of the school's baseball program.

Monday's game was a clinic in situational hitting. Timing was the difference for the Owls, as they collected 12 hits in 25 at-bats with runners on base and 10 hits in 20 tries with runners in scoring position.

Michael Fuda and Jimmy Comerota collected four hits apiece to spark Rice's 20-hit attack against six KSU pitchers.

I'll be back with much more after checking with both teams after the game.



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