In Second Longest Game in NCAA History, Rice Beats Houston 3-2 in 20 Inning Marathon

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Rice Defeats Houston in 20 Inning Thriller

Ricew Manager Wayne Graham in 2007

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Rice defeated Houston last night 3-2 in a game that took 20 innings to complete. Regional host Houston was eliminated with the loss.

The game, which ended after 2 a.m., is the longest in NCAA Tournament history in terms of innings, and fourth longest in terms of time.

Leon Byrd was the hero of the night when he doubled down the right field line in his fourth at-bat since entering the game as a pinch hitter for pinch runner Dayne Wunderlich.

What is perhaps most shocking is each team only used 3 pitchers. Aaron Garza was tagged with the loss after allowing the one earned run in nine innings pitched, while Austin Orweiller was the winning pitcher, tossing 9.1 innings and allowing no runs.

Rice will play Louisiana-Lafayette this afternoon to advance to the super regional.

Looking at the box scores of these marathon games always yield some bizarre little bits of info. For example, both first baseman managed to go 1-9 apiece, but neither left a single runner on base despite leading their teams in outs made. They were the only starters to have a zero in the LOB column.