Big innings sink Bulls against Rice - USF Athletics (2024)

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10

WinnerRiceRICE14-25, 5-9 AAC

Big innings sink Bulls against Rice - USF Athletics (3)

6

South FloridaUSF21-18, 7-7 AAC

Winner

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RiceRICE

14-25, 5-9 AAC

10

Final

6

South FloridaUSF

21-18, 7-7 AAC

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Score By Periods
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rice RICE 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 4 0 10 14 0
South Florida USF 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 6 13 1

W: J.D. McCracken (3-4) L: Cebert, Jack (4-4)

Game Recap: Baseball |

The Owls clinched the series win with a 10-6 victory on Saturday.

TAMPA (April 20, 2024) – The Rice University Owls (14-25, 5-9 AAC) secured a series win on Saturday afternoon over the University of South Florida Bulls (21-18, 7-7 AAC) after a 10-6 victory at USF Baseball Stadium. Rice took its first lead of the day with a four-run fourth inning and put the game out of reach with four more runs in the eighth frame.

South Florida suffered just its second weekend series loss of the season at home, the first since March 15-17, and first conference series loss in Tampa.

The Owls broke the scoring seal with a run in the top of the third, but USF answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame. The Bulls tied the game on a two-out single by Rafael Betancourt (Deltona) and John Montes (Toa Alto, Puerto Rico) later drew a bases-loaded walk for a 2-1 lead.

South Florida's lead was short-lived however, as the Owls responded with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Rice strung together four straight singles to plate two runs before would-be inning-ending double play only yielded one out and the Owls took advantage with a bloop two-run double two batters later to pad their lead to 5-2.

The Bulls chipped away before the Owls' big eighth inning, but stranded 11 runners on base in the ballgame and went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The Owls went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position on the day. USF also hit into three doubles plays in the game.

Rice's four-run eighth inning included three hits and three hit batters.

The Owls called on their closer when it was a 6-4 game in the bottom of the sixth, who proceeded to blank the Bulls until finally scratching across a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Notable

  • Rice has won five of its last six games overall after Saturday's victory.
  • Ben Rozenblum (Coral Springs) went 4-for-4 with a walk and is batting .417 with a .553 OBP over his last 10 games.
  • Marcus Brodil (Dunedin) hit his third home run of the season in the sixth inning and has reached base safely in 18 straight games.
  • Montes ended the day with three RBI and leads the Bulls with 35 this season.
  • Bobby Boser (Wesley Chapel), who missed 22 games, picked up his first hit since returning from injury on Friday.
  • USF finished the day with 13 hits and has recorded 10 or more hits in five straight games.

Up Next

The Bulls and Owls wrap up their three-game series on Sunday, April 20 at 1 p.m. in Tampa.

Double Play Passes, which include one ticket to every home baseball and softball game, can be purchased now for $99. Group and single game tickets are also on sale and can be purchased here or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.

About USF Baseball

The USF Baseball program played its first season in 1966 and is entering its 59th season in 2024 under head coach Billy Mohl (seventh season). The Bulls have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four since 2015, and earned their first-ever Super Regional berth in 2021. USF was ranked in the Top 25 by five different publications in the final 2021 polls, checking in as high as No. 16. The Bulls have won five conference tournament titles (3 Sun Belt, 1 Metro and 1 American) and six regular season championships (3 Sun Belt, 2 Metro and 1 C-USA). USF baseball players have been recognized with All-America honors 12 times, most recently with third baseman David Villar in 2018, and 19 have earned Freshman All-America accolades, most recently Eric Snow in 2023. Four Bulls were selected in the 2022 MLB Draft. Former 2018 first-round selection, Shane McClanahan, became the program's first-ever MLB All-Star in 2022 and was the starting pitcher for the American League.

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