June 05, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Rice Owls pitcher Matthew Reckling (29) pitches against the California Golden Bears during the sixth inning of game five of the Houston regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Reckling Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Rice is cruising to the postseason before next week's C-USA showdown with UCF, but UAB has proven to be a difficult out for the Owls in reason seasons.
The Rice Owls (33-13, 13-5 CUSA) are exactly where they want to be with two series left in the regular season - safely in contention to host a NCAA Regional in the first round, at Top-8 ranked team in all five major college baseball polls, and tracking a C-USA regular season title.
That being said, UAB has proven to be a tricky out for the Owls in recent games. Since 2008, the Blazers have won seven out of 12 games, including the last three meetings in a row. Rice should have no problem handling the 27-23 Blazers, but are tied for first place in the conference with UCF, next week's opponent, and need every conference win possible.
Dates / Times:
Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m. CT
Sunday, May 13, 3 p.m. CT
Location: Reckling Park, Houston, Texas
Radio: 99.7 FM, RiceOwls.com
Streaming: Owl Vision All-Access
Friday - Matthew Reckling (Rice, 7-1, 2.38) vs. Michael Busby (UAB, 3-3, 3.99)
Saturday - Austin Kubitza (Rice 4-3, 3.44) vs. Ben Bullard (UAB 5-5, 2.92)
Sunday - John Simms (Rice, 4-0, 2.78) vs. TBD (UAB).