HOUSTON, TX -- A five-run eighth-inning was too much to overcome as the Winthrop baseball team fell to ninth-ranked Rice 10-4 Friday at Reckling Park.
With its sixth straight loss, the Eagles fall to 3-11 on the year, while the Owls improve to 10-6 with the win.
The Eagles had solid offensive outings by first baseman Eddie Tisdale, who went 2-for-3 at the plate, outfielder Billy Froehlich, who provided two hits and 2 RBIs, and third baseman Bryn Henderson, who collected two RBIs despite going hitless in three at bats.
Right-hander Ryan Schwartz was charged with the loss as he worked 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, four walks and three strikeouts. Righty Robert Lake, lefty Dane Yoder and Casey Bradwell were the Eagle relievers.
The Rice offense had four players recording two runs batted in.
The win went to Owl pitcher Ryan Berry, who pitched 8.0 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, no walks and six strikeouts.
A five-run eighth inning proved too much for the Eagles as Rice sent nine batters to the plate to put the game away making it a 10-2 game. The Owls took advantage of pitching miscues by the Eagles as the five runs were scored on only two hits.
The Eagles scored two runs in the ninth inning to put the final 10-4 numbers to the scoreboard. Bonomi and Froehlich were given walks and Froehlich scored Bonomi with a double to left field, which had Tisdale move to third. Henderson followed with a groundout to score Tisdale.
"We looked good until the eighth inning," said Winthrop head coach Joe Hudak. "All and all, we played a pretty good ball game, but when you make mental mistakes, you really get hurt. When you play a club like Rice, little things like that can mean the ball game. Ryan threw a great ball game. I though he made some good pitches today and certainly threw well enough for us to win today. We could have beaten them tonight. I'm encourage, I though we sung the bats pretty well, but again, we can't make mistakes against a good team like Rice. We're capable of beating them, but we've got to execute."
The Eagles and the Owls play game two of the series on Saturday at 4 p.m.
• BOSTON COLLEGE 6, CLEMSON 4 -- In Clemson, Tony Sanchez went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs as Boston College beat Clemson.
Sanchez's two-run homer in the seventh put the Eagles (7-7, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) up for good at 5-4.
Matt Hamlet also drove in two runs for Boston College, who had eight hits.
Wilson Boyd went 3-for-5 for Clemson (9-5, 1-3), who pounded out 12 hits, but have held teams under five runs just twice this year.
The Tigers led 2-0 after three innings and 3-2 after Boyd's run-scoring single in the fifth.
Boston College starter Terry Doyle (2-1) allowed ten hits, but just three runs, striking six and walking one in six innings to get the win.
Clemson starter Ryan Hinson (1-3) allowed five runs, two of them earned, and seven hits, striking out seven and walking one in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the loss.