UL Baseball Faces Rice In Houston Regional Finals – Inside the Numbers
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun baseball team continues NCAA regional play on Monday afternoon, taking on the Rice Owls in the championship round of the Houston, Texas Regional at Cougar Field on the campus of the University of Houston.
First-pitch is scheduled for 1 o'clock, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on Sports Radio ESPN 1420 & espn1420.com.
You will also be able to hear the game on News Talk 96.5 KPEL-FM, beginning at 1 o'clock.
On-line streaming will be available on espn1420.com only.
Louisiana, who is undefeated in the regional, at 2-0, needs only one win to advance to Super Regional play for the second-consecutive year, and for the fifth time in school history.
Rice, who is 2-1 in the regional needs a win over UL to force an if necessary game, which would be played tonight at 7 pm.
Louisiana, the third-seed in the regional, moved into the finals by defeating Houston, 2-1, on Sunday, their 10th win in their last 11 games, improving them to 41-21 on the season.
Rice, the second-seed, will enter the match-up with an overall record of 37-21, following a 3-2 win over top-seeded Houston in 20 innings in an elimination game on Sunday night.
UL defeated Rice, 7-6, in the regional opener on Friday.
Offensively, the Cajuns are hitting a .273, along with 56 home runs, 331 runs batted in, and 78 stolen bases in 115 attempts, while out-scoring the opposition, 374-246.
Pitching-wise, Louisiana sports an overall, combined, team ERA. of 3.35, compared to a 5.30 for the opposition, while holding foes to a .244 batting average against.
The Owls entered play on Sunday evening hitting a .299 as a team, to go along with 16 homers, 301 RBI’s, and 28 stolen bases in 44 attempts.
On the hill, Rice, as of Sunday night, sported a team ERA. of a 3.01, while holding opponents to a .245 batting average against.
The winner of the Houston, Texas Regional will face the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional, hosted by LSU, in an NCAA Super Regional next weekend.
The complete Houston, Texas Regional schedule is below:
NCAA Regional Schedule
All times Central and subject to change
Friday, May 29
Game 1 – #3 seed Louisiana def. #2 seed Rice, 7-6
Game 2 – #1 seed Houston def. #4 seed Houston Baptist, 6-4
Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31
Game 3 – Rice def. Houston Baptist, 3-1
Game 4 – Louisiana def. Houston, 2-1
Game 5 - Rice def. Houston, 3-2 (20 innings)
Monday, June 1
Game 6– 1:00 p.m. – Louisiana vs. Rice
Game 7 – 6 p.m. – Louisiana vs. Rice (if necessary)