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In a season that has included its fair share of low points, Rice baseball now has a reason to celebrate. The Owls defeated Old Dominion University 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park to clinch their first Conference USA series victory of the season. The win moves Rice to 14-19 overall and 4-7 in C-USA. Head coach Wayne Graham said the victory was much needed.
Rice baseball entered the eighth inning on Sunday against the University of Southern Mississippi trailing 6-2, seemingly headed for its third straight loss and ninth in 11 games. But a five-run Owls rally, capped by an RBI single by freshman second baseman Trei Cruz, helped Rice salvage a game from the No. 14 Golden Eagles. Despite Sunday’s win, the Owls lost two out of three games to the Golden Eagles and dropped to 12-18 on the season and 2-7 in Conference USA.
I’ll admit it; I didn’t see it coming. Throughout my time at this school, I have criticized Rice Athletics. I thought the department was slow to address problems, that teams were trending in the wrong direction, that change was often necessary. I now admit that I was wrong. After nearly 30 years of occasional greatness and frequent respectability, Rice Athletics has returned to the good ol’ days. Finally, Rice sucks again.
March 29 at 12:15 a.m.: This article has been updated to reflect the official results.
Rice women’s basketball had its season come to an end on Tuesday night, falling 93-73 at the University of New Mexico in the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Owls finish the year with a record of 23-10, just one win shy of the program record set in 2004-05.
Everyone who follows Rice baseball knows the numbers: 23 straight NCAA tournament appearances. Seven College World Series appearances. One national championship. And if anyone doesn’t know them, they can see them as soon as they enter Reckling Park. A flag in left field celebrates the 2003 national champions, and various plaques, trophies and signs celebrate all of the College World Series teams and star players of the past.
In its first home Women’s National Invitational Tournament game since 2006, Rice did not disappoint the Tudor Fieldhouse crowd. The Owls defeated Texas State University 71-60 Thursday night to move on to the second round of the WNIT, where they will take on the University of New Mexico.
For the second straight year, the Rice women’s basketball team is going to the postseason. The Owls have earned a berth in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Owls will host Texas State University at Tudor Fieldhouse in the first round on Thursday.
Rice baseball rebounded from a four-game sweep in Palo Alto by winning two out of three games this weekend against Houston Baptist University this weekend. At time of print, Rice’s road game at Texas State University was ongoing on Tuesday night.
The first season of head coach Scott Pera’s tenure came to an end over the weekend, as Rice men’s basketball failed to qualify for the Conference USA tournament. The Owls finished the season with a record of 7-24, 4-14 in conference play. Despite the record, junior guard Connor Cashaw said he was proud of how the Owls performed.
The scene is a talk radio show solely dedicated to Rice Athletics. The host is taking callers during a segment on the past weekend of games. Of course, this is entirely fictional. Any radio show solely devoted to Rice Athletics would surely be taken off the air in a week due to low ratings.
In the first home game of his career, with Rice trailing 6-4 in the eighth inning, freshman second baseman Trei Cruz came to bat with the bases loaded. He was not fazed. Cruz delivered with a bases-clearing triple to put the Owls ahead 7-6 over Texas State University, and Rice held on for an 8-6 victory for its third win in four tries in the young season.
It’s been the same story for three straight years for Rice swimming. The Owls have come up just short at the Conference USA Championships each season since 2015, finishing second to Florida International University every year. This year, according to senior Jaecey Parham, they are hoping for revenge.
After winning the conference title and making its first NCAA tournament appearance in three years last season, Rice is on to 2018. The Owls announced their 2018 signing class last week, adding six new players to its roster. Head coach Nicky Adams said she is thrilled to welcome the incoming class.
The Rice women’s basketball team captured a signature win Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse when it defeated conference leader Western Kentucky University 73-58. But the Owls have a quick turnaround. Thursday night, they face off against the University of Alabama, Birmingham, which took the Conference USA lead with WKU’s loss. An Owls’ win would put them in a three-way tie in the loss column for first place in C-USA alongside UAB and WKU.
It has been 15 years since Rice baseball claimed the school’s first and only national championship. The image of the team’s dogpile on the Rosenblatt Stadium mound is still etched in the memories of Rice fans a decade and a half later. But the season itself is memorable for far more than its finish.
Head coach Mike Bloomgren completed his first recruiting class at Rice on Wednesday by signing 17 players to National Letters of Intent, a binding commitment to play football for Rice. The 17 players signed Wednesday add to the six players Rice acquired during the early signing period. Bloomgren said he is thrilled with the recruits set to join the Owls.
It’s early in the baseball team’s first intrasquad game of the spring season. There are a few Rice fans in attendance on the overcast afternoon, but Reckling Park is almost silent. Silent, that is, until a voice bellows from behind home plate.
Despite victories from sophomore Eric Rutledge and freshman Conrad Russell, Rice lost three singles matches to drop to 1-2 on the season.
Something is missing from Rice Athletics these days. It’s not the fans. They were hardly ever here in the first place. And it’s not winning. Honestly, there’s almost been too much of that lately — are we sure this is our women’s basketball team? The spring semester has begun, and things are going a little bit too well. It’s time we added a little bit of negativity. Without further ado, here is a series of complaints about Rice Athletics.