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Ninth Inning Rice Single Ends Season For Texas

Howell reacts to the Rice win (AP/Dave Weaver)

When sophomore wunderkind <B>Huston Street </B>(8-1) gives up a game winning single (albeit an unearned run) for his first loss of the year in the bottom of the ninth against a team&#146;s No. 9 batter, it just isn&#146;t meant to be. As it was, Rice catcher <B>Justin Ruchti</B> delivered the goods with one out as the top-ranked Owls eliminated Texas, 5-4, from the College World Series in Omaha Wednesday.

Rice (56-11) will play the winner of Thursday's Stanford-Cal State Fullerton game in a best-of-3 series starting Saturday. Texas finishes the 2003 campaign with a 50-20 record, and a suitcase full of championship trophies from the Big 12 Tournament, the NCAA Austin Regional and the NCAA Super Regional in Tallahassee. Texas also has the small consolation of knowing that the three teams left in...

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