June 16, 2008
Tough, But Not Impossible
Rice must fight through losers' bracket to
reach Championship Series
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – It’s been done before.
That’s the message Rice head coach Wayne Graham
preached to his players following the Owls’ 17-5 loss to Fresno
State in the first round of the 2008 College World Series.
Just two years ago, Oregon State dropped an 11-1
decision to Miami in its CWS opener before winning four straight
to reach the Championship Series. The Beavers outscored their
opponents 20-4 in those contests, including a pair of shutouts
over the Owls. OSU then took two of three from North Carolina to
win the national title.
“There is plenty of precedence for teams that
have had a bad defeat coming back from it,” Graham said. “Oregon State won the national championship after
being beaten badly by Miami in the first game in 2006. We’ve got
plenty of pitching to do what needs to be done. It’s just
playing good baseball.”
The Owls won 27 of 30 coming into the College
World Series, including five straight in the NCAA Tournament.
Rice will play an elimination game against either LSU or North
Carolina on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.