Rice scored all its runs in an error-fueled fifth inning Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 5-1 victory over Marshall at Appalachian Power Park.
The ninth-ranked Owls (26-11, 8-3) clinched the series, which wraps up with a 10 a.m. game today. Fans attending that game are welcome to stay for the West Virginia Power's 2:05 p.m. contest against the Greenville Drive.
Marshall (13-21, 1-7) has struggled badly in the two games, committing 10 errors and recording just 11 hits. The Thundering Herd committed four errors in its 9-0 loss Friday, three in a seven-run ninth inning.
The Herd finally scored with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday, on a Sergio Leon single. But that didn't negate Leon's three errors.
Gray Stafford committed the big miscue, a throwing error that lead to three runs on Michael Fuda's error. That followed a Michael Ratterree sacrifice fly, and made the score 4-0.
Mike Mason (3-5) picked up the loss, lasting six innings. With Fuda awarded a hit on the three-run error (scorer ruled he beat the errant throw to first), four of the runs were earned.
VAD HONOREES: Several area athletes and coaches will be honored during the 66th Victory Awards Dinner, set for 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Dils Center in Parkersburg.
Tickets are selling around the state, including the Gazette sports department, priced at $20 each. The Gazette sports department is located at 1001 Virginia St. East in Charleston or by calling 304-348-1749.
The VAD honors major award winners from the 2011-12 school year, state championship teams and coaches, plus first-team all-staters in football and boys and girls basketball. Two additions to the state sports Hall of Fame this year are former girls basketball standouts Vicky Bullett and Mary Ostrowski.
Checks can be made payable to the WVSWA. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 23. No tickets will be sold at the door and the event is open to the public.
Among the honorees from the greater Kanawha Valley area:
George Washington - Ryan Switzer, Luke Eddy, Austin Rosencrance, Justin Crouser; coaches Melissa Case and Tom Hopper; Charleston Catholic - coaches Bill Gillispie, Bill McClanahan, Sam Fox, Mike Burgess, Melanie Schlarb;
South Charleston - Brittany Gordon; Herbert Hoover - Joey Forbes; Winfield -David Gaydosz; Hurricane - Eric Campbell; Clay County - Jacee Markle; Logan - Stevie Browning, David Toney; Chapmanville - John Toler, coach Eric Ellis; Scott - Makenzie White; Ripley - David Hicks.
UC BASEBALL: Charleston swept a doubleheader from Concord Saturday at Triana Field. The Golden Eagles won the opener 4-3 and the second game 3-1.
In the first game, Tim Ponn went the distance for UC, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out eight. Corey Hill went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
John Schraer went 2-for-3 with a double and scored three runs for the Golden Eagles (20-17, 12-10 West Virginia Conference) in the nightcap. Matt Ward surrendered one run on five hits in 61/3 innings.
STATE BASEBALL: West Virginia State dropped both ends of its doubleheader Saturday against West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon. The Yellow Jackets were shut out 4-0 in the first game and lost 9-6 in the second game.
Aaron Adams allowed three hits in seven innings for Wesleyan in the opener, while Mitch Tomlinson had a solo home run. Chase Pickering struck out five for State.
In the second game, Ryan Lewicki and Aaron Wiegel each drove in two runs for the Bobcats (22-13, 17-5). Noah Blackhurst went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Yellow Jackets (14-21, 12-13).
UC SOFTBALL: Charleston dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Shepherd Saturday at the UC Softball Complex. The Golden Eagles lost 2-0 in eight innings and 3-1 in the second game.