Marshall baseball swept by Rice after losing 6-0
HOUSTON -- A 6-0 loss to Rice in baseball Saturday means Marshall University will head home instead of returning to Reckling Park for the Conference USA tournament.
The defeat gave the No. 20 Owls a three-game sweep of the Thundering Herd, with Marshall unable to score a run in the final two games.
And with UAB taking two of three in a series with Tulane, Marshall finishes last in C-USA play, meaning the Blazers will be the final team in the conference tourney.
Marshall had kept a scoreless tie with the Owls until Rice's Christian Stringer hit a triple off of Herd starter Matt Margaritonda, bringing in two runs in the fifth inning. Stringer also came home to complete a three-run inning.
Rice scored a run in each of its last three at-bats, while Marshall couldn't get anything going offensively.
Isaac Ballou, the Herd's leading hitter and senior center fielder, did not play in the contest.
The Herd managed five hits, with second baseman Andrew Dundon going 2-for-4.
Stringer had a 4-for-5 effort for the Owls.
Rice starter John Simms went seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out four before turning things over to reliever Zech Lemond, who gave up two hits and struck out three in two innings of work.
The loss sets Marshall's 2013 record at 20-34, 6-18 in C-USA. Rice sits at 37-17, 15-9.
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