HOUSTON (AP) - Right-hander Jared Rogers struck out a career-high seven batters in his first complete game, and Rice defeated Xavier 12-5 to stave off elimination in the NCAA tournament.
Rogers (4-1) threw 114 pitches Sunday and scattered seven hits while walking only one.
Rice outfielder Steven Sultzbaugh hit two home runs, while designated hitter Diego Seastrunk and third baseman Anthony Rendon each added three hits and three RBIs.
Rice (41-16) faces Kansas State (43-16-1) later Sunday for a spot in the super regional.
Xavier left-hander Ben Thomas (5-2) took the loss, giving up seven hits and seven runs in 2 1-3 innings.
Billy O'Conner and Bobby Freking each had two hits for Xavier (39-21), which finished 1-2 in its first NCAA tournament appearance.
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