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No. 13 Rice hands Hawaii its sixth straight loss

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    20130223-6666 SPT UH RICE BB At Les Murakami Stadium, UH loses to Rice 3-1 for their sixth straight loss to open the season. This is Rice's Shane Hoelscher sliding across home plate, scoring the go a head run for for a 2-1 lead in the 7th inning. The throw home was so high, that the catcher, Trevor Podratz didn't even try to catch it. He could only watch Hoelscher score. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. FEB. 23, 2013.

Jordan Stephens tossed a five-hitter with a career-high 10 strikeouts and No. 13 Rice handed Hawaii its sixth straight loss in a 3-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.

Adam Hurley’s two-out RBI single in the seventh scored Conner George to snap a 26-inning scoreless streak by the Rainbows, who are 0-6 for the first time in their NCAA history.

Connor Little (0-2) allowed two runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings and left with the tying run on third and one out.

Reliever Lawrence Chew got Keenan Cook to hit a grounder to third but Pi’ikea Kitamura’s throw to the plate sailed to the backstop, allowing Shane Hoelscher to score the go-ahead run.

Connor Tekyl added a two-out RBI single in the inning off Jon Flinn.

Stephens (1-1) allowed one run on five hits with one walk to record the first complete game of his career for the Owls (4-2).

Hurley had three of Hawaii’s five hits.

The series continues Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

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