Travis Jones (11) dives and fails to catch a pop fly to center field in the first game in a series against the Rice University Owls at the University of Texas' UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas on Friday February 17, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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The Final Pitch: Rice 7, Texas 1

Posted February 19th, 2017

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A sixth-inning meltdown soiled the end of Texas’ weekend as the Longhorns dropped a 7-1 decision to Rice at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The defeat on Sunday dropped Texas’ record to 2-2, and head coach David Pierce settled for a split in his first series at Texas.

Led by Dominic DiCaprio and Brad Gneiting’s two-run doubles, Rice turned a 1-1 tie into a 6-1 advantage in the sixth inning. When the dust settled in the inning, Texas had surrendered five hits to 11 Rice batters and three Owls were either walked or hit by a pitch. Texas made three pitching changes during the session (one of which was done in the middle of an at-bat).

Rice (2-2) had three pitchers limit Texas to four hits and Bret Boswell’s fifth-inning homer.

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After taking the next two days off, Texas will travel to Sam Houston State on Wednesday. UConn will be in Austin next weekend for a three-game series.

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