Rice's Stephens slings two-hit shutout against top-seeded Oregon in 1-0 win
EUGENE, Ore. -- Jordan Stephens pitched a complete-game two-hitter Saturday to lead Rice to a 1-0 win against host Oregon in the NCAA Eugene Regional.
Stephens struck out 11 and walked just two to move the Owls (43-17) within one game of the regional championship.
Oregon (46-15), the No. 8 national seed and the top seed in the regional, must now win three more games to advance and host a super regional.
The Owls scored their run in the first inning after Ford Stainback hit a leadoff single to right field and advanced to second on Christian Stringer's sacrifice bunt. Stainback then scored on Shane Hoelscher's double to left-center.
Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe went seven innings, giving up eight hits while walking two and striking out one.