Rice pitcher Ryan Berry tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout to lead the ninth-ranked Owls to a 2-0 win over the top-ranked Texas A&M baseball team Saturday night before 13,928 fans in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The Aggies (6-2) fell despite a strong start from junior Alex Wilson, who allowed three hits and fanned seven in six innings of work.
Rice (4-2) took the early lead with a run in the first. With one out, Chad Mozingo tripled to deep center field, and scored three pitches later on a wild pitch by Wilson.
The Owls added a run in the fourth. With one out, Wilson (1-1) hit shortstop Rick Hague with a full-count offering. One out later, center fielder Steven Sultzbaugh lined a 3-0 pitch to right field and past the diving Brodie Greene. The ball rolled to the warning track, scoring Hague from first to make the score 2-0. Rice would load the bases on back-to-back walks, but Wilson got the final batter of the inning, second baseman Brock Holt, to ground out to first to end the threat.
The Aggies best opportunity came in the sixth inning. Ryan Berry (1-0) carried a no-hitter into the inning before Brodie Greene led off with a single to left field. Greene advanced to second on a wild pitch before Berry struck out three straight Aggies, all looking.
Ryan Berry (1-0) struck out 12 on the night and did not walk a batter, throwing 102 pitches.
A&M's other hit came on a line-drive double by Brooks Raley in the ninth.
A&M true freshmen Estevan Uriegas and Denny Clement were impressive in relief, allowing one hit and fanning three over three shutout innings. The Aggie pitching staff held the Owls to four hits and struck out 10 on the night. Texas A&M concludes play in the Houston College Classic Sunday at 6 p.m. when the Aggies face Houston (2-5). A&M will send Houston native and sophomore Barret Loux (0-0, 5.06 ERA) to the hill to face Cougar junior Frank Corolla (0-0, 0.00).