The first game of the Rice/ECU series just ended, with Rice winning 2-1, thanks to some strong pitching from Austin Kubitza.  The Rice offense managed 11 hits today, and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, on an RBI single by center fielder Michael Furda, who is now hitting .271 on the season.

The two players I was focused on were Anthony Rendon, who was the designated hitter again today, and Austin Kubitza, the Pittsburgh Pirates' seventh round pick in the 2010 draft.

Kubitza had 11 strikeouts in 5.2 innings tonight.

-Kubitza made the start for Rice, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, with three walks and eleven strikeouts.  The lone run came in the bottom of the sixth.  Kubitza started off the inning with two groundouts.  He followed that ...

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