Rice blanks Southeastern Louisiana 15-0 in Baton Rouge Regional
BATON ROUGE - Hunter Kopycinski went 3 for 3 with a career-high five RBIs, and Rice had 16 hits in a 15-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Monday night in the NCAA Tournament's Baton Rouge Regional.
Rice (37-23) will need to beat LSU (44-18) later Monday to force a deciding game on Tuesday.
Ryan Chandler drove in the opening two runs with a one-out, bases-loaded double in the second inning. After a pitching change, Kopycinski had a two-run single to center for a 4-0 lead.
Rice scored three runs on four hits in the fourth. Kopycinski doubled with two outs to score two and Charlie Warren made it 7-0 with an RBI single.
It was 13-0 by the end of the fifth on RBIs from Grayson Lewis, Kopycinski, Warren, Dominic DiCaprio and Ford Proctor.
Ricardo Salinas (9-2) allowed just three hits in 7 1/3 innings to get the win. SE Louisiana (40-21) used six pitchers in being eliminated.
There was a weather delay for more than an hour in the bottom of the eighth.