After winning its opening game in the Rice Classic over Oral Roberts, the Notre Dame baseball team split its two other games over the weekend, losing to Rice 9-0 on Saturday before defeating Washington State 7-3 on Sunday.
The Irish improved to 5-4 on the season.
The Irish offense was able to muster just two hits against Rice starter Ryan Berry, who threw a complete game shutout for the second time in as many games. Evan Sharpley and Cameron McConnell got the hits for Notre Dame.
Notre Dame starter Brian Dupra was tagged with the loss as the Owls scored five runs in the third and four more in the fourth. The Irish bullpen looked good again as Joe Spano allowed the final two runs in the fourth, but followed with three shutout innings before Ryan Richter worked a scoreless eighth.
Diego Seastruck led the Owl offense with two hits and three RBI as Rice improved to 8-3 on the season.
But the Irish used a strong start from Eric Maust to bounce back with a victory over the Cougars on Sunday. Maust allowed just two earned runs and an unearned run in seven innings of work while A.J. Pollock led the Notre Dame offense with two hits and four RBI.
David Mills, Todd Miller and Steven Mazur combined for two scoreless innings in relief of Maust.
The Irish will head to San Antonio to play five games in five days starting Tuesday. Notre Dame will have a pair of contests with Grambling State before the Irish Baseball Classic starts on Thursday and features games against Illinois State, Trinity (TX) and a pair against Texas-Pan American.