Wall leads the way as Rice forces Monday rematch

May, 31, 2009
HOUSTON -- After watching Jared Rogers' complete-game victory earlier in the day, Rice pitcher Taylor Wall decided to trump his teammate later in the day.

Wall's first shutout of the season helped the Owls (42-16) claim an 8-0 victory over Kansas State in an elimination game for the Owls on Sunday night.

The triumph, set up by Rogers' clutch pitching in the earlier game on Sunday afternoon, boosted the Owls into a winner-take-all game against KSU (43-17-1) Monday night.

Wall scattered three hits in picking up his second complete game and second shutout of the season. He punctuated his strong effort by striking out Nick Martini for the final out of the game, finishing with four strikeouts and one walk in his 116-pitch effort.

He was especially tough late in the game when he finished by retiring the final nine batters he faced with three of his strikeouts in that flourish.

Rice pounded out 11 hits against five KSU pitchers, punctuated by a three-run homer by pinch hitter Jess Buenger in the eighth inning.



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