Ball lost in sun costs San Francisco in 11th inning against Rice
EUGENE, Ore. -- Blake Fox's two-out single to left field in the 11th inning drove in the winning run Friday in Rice's 3-2 win against San Francisco to open the NCAA tournament's Eugene regional.
San Francisco left fielder Derek Atkinson apparently lost Fox's fly ball in the sun at PK Park, allowing the ball to drop in for a single and Leon Byrd to score from third base.
Keenan Cook, Geoff Perrott and Fox had two hits apiece for Rice (41-17), the second seed in the regional. Mitchell Rowan and Zachary Turner got two hits each for San Francisco (34-22), the third seed.
San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the second on Rowan's RBI double to left field, but Rice went ahead in the fifth on Perrott's two-run home run to left.
The Dons evened it in the eighth when pinch hitter Harrison Bruce scored on Jason Mahood's fielder's choice.