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Huge sixth helps Rice trounce Texas

The seven-run inning sets up an elimination game tonight between the Longhorns and the Hurricanes.

By Associated Press
Published June 17, 2003

OMAHA, Neb. - Wade Townsend struck out 10 and gave up two hits in the last six innings Monday, and Rice used a seven-run sixth inning to pull away from Texas for a 12-2 victory at the College World Series.

The Longhorns face Miami at 8 tonight in an elimination game. The Owls play the winner of that game Wednesday.

The loss was Texas' second worst in 119 World Series games. The Longhorns' most lopsided defeat was by 11 to Arizona in 1963.

It was the first loss in six World Series games for the defending national champions, who won four in a row last year and beat the Hurricanes 13-2 in their opener Saturday.

"It was a case of a very good team on a good day and a very good team on a bad day," Rice coach Wayne Graham said.

Townsend gave up two runs in the first then settled down. He came within one out of his first complete game.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound sophomore retired eight consecutive batters during one stretch. After Taylor Teagarden's sixth-inning double, Townsend set down nine more in a row before Michael Hollimon's ground-rule double with two outs in the ninth.

Texas' seven pitchers walked nine and hit four batters. The number of pitchers used and hit batsmen equaled CWS records.

Rice took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Justin Ruchti's two-run double.

The Owls put up their seven runs with two outs in the sixth. Four pitchers combined to walk three batters, hit two others and bring in a run with a wild pitch. The Longhorns also committed two of their three errors during the inning.

Rice had only four hits in the sixth, the biggest a two-run single by Craig Stansberry.

"I don't think this redefines us," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "We still have the will of a champion and the spirit of a champion."

Miami stays alive

OMAHA, Neb. - Joey Hooft and Jim Burt homered and reliever Shawn Valdes-Fauli shut down Southwest Missouri State, helping Miami to a 7-5 victory in an elimination game.

Miami took a 6-2 lead into the eighth, but Shaun Marcum hit a three-run homer into the leftfield bleachers off George Huguet.

Valdes-Fauli came on and got pinch-hitter Scott Nasby to ground out, ending the inning.

The Hurricanes added a run in the ninth on Brian Barton's single. Then Valdes-Fauli finished off the Bears and earned his fifth save by striking out Dante Brinkley and Brooks Colvin and getting Rick Wilson on a comebacker.

Vince Bongiovanni earned the win by giving up two runs on nine hits in six innings.

[Last modified June 17, 2003, 01:48:03]

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