June 05, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Players from the California Golden Bears react to defeating the Rice Owls in game five of the Houston regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Reckling Park. California defeated Rice 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Houston Vs. Rice Baseball: Owls Win 2 Of 3 To Take Silver Glove Series Against Cougars

The crosstown rivals will meet this weekend to battle for The Silver Glove, as Rice readies for the stretch run of the final season and another host site in the NCAA Regionals.

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Rice Owls Baseball News: Derek Hamilton Leaves Program

Though it's not a big blow to the Rice Owls, it's still unfortunate news: shortstop Derek Hamilton has decided to leave the program, following a recent loss in playing time.

Hamilton opened the season as Rice's starting shortstop, but was replaced by Ford Stainback shortly after Rice began Conference USA play. The demotion was certainly deserved, as Hamilton only managed to hit a paltry .151 in 35 games on the season.

Rice has had no trouble winning this year, as the Owls were ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best program in the nation right now, behind Florida State, Baylor, Louisiana State and South Carolina -- making them legitimate College World Series contenders.

Stainback, a freshman, will continue to man shortstop for the Owls. Stainback has started 23 games, and through 95 at bats, is hitting .263 with a healthy .397 on base percentage, but is slugging just .316. Still, getting on base at a near 40% rate is more than adequate for a freshman shortstop.

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Houston Vs. Rice Baseball: Owls Win Series Finale Over Cougars 8-2

The Rice Owls came back to win the final two games against the Houston Cougars to win the Silver Glove series. In the final game of the series Rice easily defeated Houston 8-2. The Rice offense scored five runs in the first five innings with three coming off of Houston starting pitcher Jordan Mannisto. Mannisto pitched only three innings and gave up eight hits, three walks and three runs.

Rice was up 5-2 after five innings and the game was still in reach for Houston to mount a comeback. Codey Morehouse came in for relief for Houston and gave up no runs in the bottom of the six inning, but he allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh which secured the win for Rice.

John Simms got the start for Rice and improved to 4-0 on the year by pitching 5.2 innings and allowed only three hits and three walks, two runs and struck out four in the win. Rice brought out Tyler Duffey to pitch the rest of the way and he gave up two hits, two walks, struck out three but most importantly gave up no runs for his fourth save of the season.

Rice right fielder Jeremy Rathjen led the way offensively by going 3-for-3, three RBI, scored two runs and had a walk.

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Houston Vs. Rice Baseball: Owls Force Extra Innings For 4-3 Comeback Win

The Rice Owls topped the Houston Cougars on Saturday, 4-3, on a Jeremy Rathjen sac fly in the tenth inning. The Owls were down 2-1 until the ninth inning, but were able to force another inning on a Michael Fuda bunt.

J.T. Chargrois started on the mound for the Owls, but went just 2.1 innings, giving up three hits and a earned run. Taylor Wall pitched very well in relief, earning zero runs in 4.1 innings and striking out three. Jordan Lewis went eight innings for the Cougars, and gave up just three hits and two runs, neither of which were earned.

Houston scored in the fourth inning, and held a 1-0 lead until the eighth when they went up 2-0 when Price Jacobs was hit by a pitch, walking in a run. Rice's bats finally got going after that, however. Houston went up 3-2 in the tenth on a Jake Runte single, but the Owls were able to take their only lead of the game for the win on their next turn at the plate.

Game 3 of their weekend series will be played tomorrow, Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. CT.

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Houston Vs. Rice Baseball: Cougars Destroy Owls, 11-6

In the first game of a three-game weekend set between the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls, the Cougars won the game prior to the conclusion of the third inning. With Matthew Reckling coming into Friday night's game with a 7-0 record and a microscopic 1.44 ERA, the Owls had to assume that they were in good hands. Unfortunately for them, the Cougars handled Reckling with ease and beat him up for eight earned runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings pitched.

Trailing 8-0 in the bottom of the third, the Owls managed to score three in the bottom half of the frame, but a three run seventh by the Cougars put the game too far out of reach.

Houston pitcher, Austin Pruitt registered the win, holding the Owls to five earned runs on 11 hits in 7.1 innings pitched. Cougars leadoff hitter, Landon Appling was the game's standout star finishing the night 3-for-six at the plate with six RBI and a home run.

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Houston Vs. Rice Baseball: Series Preview, TV Info And More

The crosstown rivals will meet this weekend to battle for The Silver Glove, as Rice readies for the stretch run of the final season and another host site in the NCAA Regionals.

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