It took almost 41 hours from the original start time for Southeastern Louisiana to complete its first game of the Baton Rouge Regional against Rice after a barrage of rain flooded the area all weekend.
But by the time the Lions and Owls completed the requisite nine innings of baseball on Sunday, Southeastern was one game closer to ending its season.
Rice defeated Southeastern 7-2 on Sunday to put the Lions (39-20) in the tournament’s losers bracket where they’ll face Utah Valley in a second game on Sunday. That game will begin at 1:04 p.m.
Meanwhile, Rice (36-22) advances to meet LSU in a winner’s bracket game scheduled for about one hour after the conclusion of SLU-Utah Valley.
The teams only played the final three innings of the opening round game on Sunday after a 23 hour and 45 minute rain delay suspended play from Saturday night.
Rice entered the day with a 4-1 lead. Southeastern was able to put together a short-lived rally in the seventh inning to put one run across, but ultimately, a three-run bottom of the eighth sealed the win for the tournament’s No. 2 seed.
Only one of Rice’s runs on Sunday were earned, though, after Lions pitcher Payton Robinson made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt early in the frame.
Southeastern willl start senior left-hadner Domenick Carlinin (7-2, 2.07 earned run average) against Utah Valle lefty Cofer Jackson (6-4, 3.93 ERA).
Rice coach Wayne Graham said he will start junior right-hander Jon Duplantier against LSU ace Alex Lange. Duplantier is 7-6 with a 3.06 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 106 innings.