The game between No. 28 Sam Houston State and No. 18 Rice today will be the first matchup of nationally ranked teams at Don Sanders Stadium since the Kats and Owls met in Huntsville near the end of the 2012 season.
Since that game, a 5-0 win for Rice, the Bearkats have won four straight over the Owls including knocking them out of their own NCAA Regional less than three weeks later.
First pitch for Wednesday’s contest has been moved up to 5 p.m. The original starting time was 6:30 p.m. but has been changed to take advantage of warmer weather.
The Kats (10-2) have already beaten Rice (7-5) this season, 3-1 last week at Reckling Park in Houston and will look to finish their second consecutive regular-season sweep.
Brinley & O’Hearn earn weekly honors
Pitcher Ryan Brinley and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn both received Southland Conference Player of the Week honors.
Brinley picked up his first career win after starting and tossing seven innings against No. 10 Rice last Tuesday at Reckling Park. He allowed just one run on two hits while striking out two Owls.
O’Hearn’s stellar week was highlighted by a pair of home runs against No. 26 Texas Tech on Saturday.