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Rice clobbers Marshall, 13-0

May. 18, 2013 @ 12:48 AM

HOUSTON -- Rice battered Marshall Thundering Herd pitching for one dozen hits Friday night in a 13-0 baseball victory.

Rice improved its record to 36-17 overall and 14-9 in Conference USA in a game played before a turnout of 3,216 spectators at Reckling Park.

Keenan Cook was one of five Owls with five hits and also knocked in three runs. Cook had a three-RBI triple to right field in the sixth inning when Rice put five runs on the board. Michael Aquino's two hits included a run-scoring double in the second inning.

Rice starting pitcher Jordan Stephens (6-4) got the win with relief from Mzatt Ditman. Stephens gave up just five hits in 7.2 innings.

Isaac Ballou had two of the Marshall hits. Sergio Leon had a double in the fifth inning.

Marshall (20-33, 6-17 C-USA) put six pitchers on the mound including starter Aaron Blair (5-5) who was saddled with the loss. Blair went 3.0 innings. He allowed seven hits and six runs while walking five.

Herd pitchers threw four wild pitches and hit three batters.

Marshall and the Owls finish the regular season with a Saturday game at 2 p.m. The Herd needs to win and have UAB lose at Tulane to qualify for the C-USA tournament.

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