Here are a few highlights from Wednesday's light slate of games:
• Scouts flocked to San Marcos, Texas, to see No. 22 Rice take on Texas State junior righthander Carson Smith. The Owls' offense broke out, led by three hits from Anthony Rendon and five RBIs from Jeremy Rathjen, leading Rice to an 11-10 win. The hard-throwing Smith—a potential top two-to-three-rounds pick this June—took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings. Texas State rallied back with five runs in the ninth—highlighted by a grand slam from Kyle Kubitza, brother of Rice righthander Austin Kubitza—before the comeback bid ran out of steam.
• Florida Atlantic over Miami, 7-4. The Owls bounced back from a Tuesday loss to Florida with a big midwek win against the Hurricanes to improve to 4-1 on the season.
• Stetson followed up its sweep of Georgia with a 4-3 win against MEAC power Bethune-Cookman in 11 innings. Power-armed bullpen anchor Tucker Donahue (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and junior righty Robbie Powell (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) held the Wildcats in check in the late innings until the Hatters could scratch out the winning run in the 11th.
• Georgia Tech over Georgia Southern, 7-4. Heralded Fr. RHP Matt Grimes (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER) earned the win in his first start, and fellow freshman Daniel Palka (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) powered the offense.
• Oklahoma Jr. 3B Garrett Buechele continued his hot start, slugging his fourth homer of the year and driving in five in a 12-1 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
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