Baseball preview: No. 25 Rice
March 22, 2010
No. 8 Texas (15-5) vs. No. 25 Rice (12-9)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Chance Ruffin moved from his role as Friday starter last season to closer this year. After a rough start in which he blew a save and was saddled with a loss against New Mexico in his first save opportunity, Ruffin has been scoreless his last 10 appearances (15.2 IP), picking up three wins and five saves. For the year, he has a 3-1 record with five saves and a 0.48 ERA. He is limiting opponents to a .123 batting average. Ruffin has pitched in the ninth inning of games 12 times this season. In those 11.1 IP, he has fanned 17 of the 44 batters he faced, owns a 0.79 ERA and is limiting the opponent to a .125 batting average.