Monday, March 01, 2004

Owls Weekend 

Two big wins for Rice baseball this weekend, as the Owls defeated #17 North Carolina 8-2 on Friday, and #16 Nebraska 4-2 on Saturday.

Philip Humber won his second game of the season with a strong performance, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out 11 Tar Heels in 7+ strong innings. Junior shortstop Paul Janish's 4-hit day led the Owls 14-hit attack.

On Saturday, Wade Townsend did his part, striking out ten, while scattering four hits and three walks over eight innings. The Owls rallied from a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the sixth with the help of a dropped fly ball, and Austin Davis' eighth inning home run provided a much needed insurance run for the Owls, who ran their record up to 7-2.

Sunday's game against Northwestern State was rained out.

Next up, Rice gets a rematch with the Longhorns here in Austin on Tuesday at 2:30pm. If you are at the game, I'll be the loud guy wearing a Rice championship baseball cap and a Mariners sweatshirt. Come by and say 'Hi'!

Rice basketball falls to Hawaii
The Owls basketball team did not have fresh legs, and the result was a sloppy 91-77 loss at Hawaii last night. The loss drops the Owls to 20-8 overall and 11-5 in the WAC which puts them in a tie for second place with Hawaii and Nevada, a game behind UTEP.

Head coach Willis Wilson summed the Owls up performance very well. "We were our own worst enemy tonight. We didn't shoot well, especially in the second half. We blew defensive assignments, and we played too cautious. On a whole, it was frustrating to watch."

The Owls, who won their 20th game of the year at San Jose State 61-55 on Friday, arrived in Honolulu on Saturday and went straight to practice. They left for Texas after the game and will host Louisiana Tech in their home finale on Thursday night. They then play at SMU on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. This loss may be the final nail in the coffin of Rice's chance to win an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney, even though this is a down year for the major conferences. They will likely have to win the WAC tournament which starts a week from Thursday in Fresno.

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