Owls Advance

GREENVILLE, N.C.–Memphis made things interesting, but Rice feasted on the Tigers’ depleted pitching staff in a 20-9 win, sending the Owls to the Conference USA championship game against East Carolina. Rice second baseman Aaron Luna went deep twice and tied a CUSA tournament record with seven RBIs. Tomorrow’s game could be another high-scoring affair, as both Rice and ECU are nearing the end of their fresh quality pitching. That probably favors the more explosive Owls.

A couple of other quick notes before I pack up and head back to Durham: Texas held off Nebraska 5-4 this afternoon, which means Texas A&M will advance to the Big 12 title game against the winner of tonight’s Oklahoma-Baylor game. The Aggies and Longhorns each finished pool play with a 2-1 record, but A&M won the head-to-head meeting, giving it the tie-breaker. In the ACC, Clemson righthander David Kopp is dominating Florida State, and the Tigers lead 4-0 in the eighth. If Clemson hangs on, it will need Miami to beat Wake Forest tonight in order to advance to the ACC championship game against North Carolina. Wake Forest owns the tie-breaker over Clemson and can go to the title game with a win against the Hurricanes.