Baylor Defeats Rice To Force Sunday Elimination Game For Owls

Rice came up short in their winner's bracket game against Baylor in the NCAA Regional Saturday, losing to the Bears 3-2.

Baylor got off to a quick start, scoring two runs on an RBI double by first baseman Max Muncy, followed by an RBI single by catcher Josh Ludy. The Bears added another run in the third, when right fielder Brooks Pinckard scored on a groundout by Ludy. 

The Owls rallied for two runs in the sixth when Keenan Cook scored on an error, and Anthony Rendon drove J.T. Chargois in with a single. From there, Baylor lefty Josh Turley buckled down, as the sophomore went the distance for the win. Baylor only managed five hits in the game, but timely work at the plate and an unearned run allowed by Rice's Austin Kubitza proved the difference in the game.

Rice will now face California in an elimination game Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00. The winner will face Baylor, the loser's season is over.

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