Scoring two runs in the first inning and two late in the eighth, Rice picked up a 4-2 victory over Charlotte in their Conference USA opener on Friday night.
The Owls (9-6, 1-0) out-hit the 49ers 9-7, led by John Clay Reeves’ 3-for-4 effort with his two RBIs in the first. Netzer notched three hits while Nichting had two for Charlotte (4-3, 0-1)
Sean Geoghegan took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The 49ers stranded a season-high 10 baserunners.
North Carolina 8, Duke 1: Zac Gallen pitched into the eighth inning and had a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead the host Tar Heels (9-3, 1-0 ACC).
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Skye Bolt had three hits and drove in two runs for North Carolina.
Andrew Istler gave up five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Blue Devils (10-2, 0-1).
Clemson 6, N.C. State 4: Matthew Crownover pitched seven innings of two-hit ball with seven strikeouts for the visiting Tigers (8-4, 1-0 ACC).
Jake Armstrong and Preston Palmeiro homered for the Wolfpack (7-4, 0-1).
Presbyterian 6, Richmond 3: The Blue Hose scored four runs in the ninth inning to earn their fifth straight win in Davidson.
Cam McRae and Brandon Martin each had two hits for Presbyterian (11-3).
Wofford 5, Gardner-Webb 2: Matt Milburn threw a complete game for the host Terriers (10-4), who rapped out 13 hits.
Erik Heiligenstadt gave up three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Runnin’ Bulldogs (10-3).
Coastal Carolina 17, Akron 9: Casey Schroeder hit three home runs and drove in six to lead the host Chanticleers (9-4).
Akron is 5-5.
USC Upstate 8, Valparaiso 7: Erik Samples had four hits and scored two runs for the host Spartans (6-5), wo have won five straight.
Valparaiso fell to 2-7.
Winthrop 10, Maryland-Eastern Share 2: Sam Kmiec allowed one hit in seven innings for the host Eagles (8-4).
Maryland Eastern-Shore is 2-8.