Rice 6, Lamar 3

2004 Division I Baseball Championship: Houston Region


June 5, 2004

Compiled by CollegeSports.com Staff
From NCAASports.com

HOUSTON -- Facing elimination from the NCAA Tournament in their home regional, Rice's all-America pitching duo of Wade Townsend and Jeff Niemann kept Southland Conference champion Lamar in check on the way to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park. The Owls have survived their first elimination game and will now face the winner of the Texas A&M-Texas Southern game Saturday night at 7:30 pm.

Townsend scattered nine hits and two walks while working 7.2 innings. He struck out seven Lamar hitters to remain undefeated this season and help keep the team's season alive in the double-elimination tournament.

Playing at home but as the tournament's visiting team, Rice got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning when true freshman Travis Reagan laced a two-out double to left-center and then scored on a single by junior third baseman Clay Reichenbach. Reichenbach stole second and scored on a double by true freshman Adam Hale to give the Owls a 2-0 lead.

Lamar bounced back with a run in the third after back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt. Adrian Cantu's sacrifice fly to center cut the margin to 2-1. In the top of the next inning, Reagan led off with a double and scored on Hale's single through the right side for a 3-1 advantage.

The Cardinals had a pair of men on base for both the sixth and seventh innings, but Townsend picked one off base and managed to strand the other three.

Rice added an insurance run in the top of the eighth when designated hitter Adam Morris singled and scored on Reagan's third double of the day. Lamar scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the frame and with two men on for the third time in as many innings, the Cardinals chased Townsend from the game. The Blue and Gray brought junior Jeff Niemann out of the bullpen, who ended the inning with a strikeout. The big right-hander retired the side three-up-three-down in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.

The Owls improved to 44-13 on the season and will continue to play out of the loser's bracket. Lamar ended its year at 41-16.

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