Rice overcomes 3-run deficit to win Houston Regional

Updated: June 5, 2006, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Top-seeded Rice scored seven consecutive runs to overcome an early 3-0 deficit and defeat Baylor 7-4 on Monday to win the Houston Regional.

After Baylor took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Owls responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back.

Rice (53-10) will host either Wichita State or Oklahoma this weekend in a best-of-three super regional. Baylor ends its season with a 37-26 record.

Rice starter Joe Savery (5-1) pitched five innings of two-hit ball, allowing three earned runs while walking two and striking out five.

The Owls scored all their fifth-inning runs after two outs had been recorded.

Third baseman Josh Rodriguez hit a two-run home run following a Tyler Henley single to pull Rice within 3-2. Owl catcher Adam Zornes later doubled home two more runs and eventually scored on right-fielder Jordan Dodson's triple for a 5-3 Rice lead.

The Owls added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez and a double from Dodson that scored Aaron Luna. Baylor took its short-lived lead on a bases-loaded wild pitch from Savery and Zach Dillon's single to right that scored Kevin Russo and Beamer Weems.

Tim Matthews (6-5) took the loss for Baylor.

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