Cruz' Late Homer Helps Lift Rice Past FAU Friday, 5-4
Owls Play Wednesday At 12:30 PM
Game Times At Reckling Park Set For 6:30, 2 & 1 PM
Owls Take Two C-USA Games, 8-3 & 4-3
Rice and Stanford split a doubleheader on March 12, Rice winning 12-2 and Stanford, 2-0 in seven innings.
2017: Versatile contributor as a true freshman... Played in 33 of the team's 64 games as either a pitcher or infielder and worked his way into 12 starts... Made six starts at second base early in the season, four at first base, one at third late in the year vs. Lamar (when eventual MLB draft pick Dane Myers was sidelined), and his first and only collegiate start on the mound in the team's final game of the year in the NCAA Tournament against nationally-ranked LSU... Didn't allow any walks in the NCAA Regional start against the Tigers, but could have used some defensive help from his teammates at rowdy Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge where he was charged with three unearned runs in the second inning... Regular pitching role was 22 relief appearances totaling 37.2 innings... Tied for fifth on the staff in appearances and posted the second-most innings (40.0) for an Owl freshman... Notched first collegiate win firing a career-long 4.1 innings on the road at Conference USA foe Western Kentucky... Posted a total of three wins, the fifth-highest total on the staff... Earned first Rice save (*on U.S. soil) with three perfect frames and three strikeouts against heavy-hitting Florida International... Tallied a career-high five strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless innings against eventual NCAA Tournament participant Southeastern Louisiana... Pitching was only part of the story, compiling 41 at bats with regular work as a starter at three infield positions... Started at second base in the series-opener against No. 11 ranked Stanford and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored... Also logged a pair of base hits against crosstown foe Texas Southern playing in the NCAA Regional... Knocked a double in a C-USA game against UTSA... Had a season-high four at bats in a game seven different times... Batted and pitched in the same game four different times, including the series finale against Houston at Constellation Field where he replaced, and then was replaced by, Myers in some creative Rice substituting... Pitched and hit playing in the California Collegiate League (Neptune Beach) in the summer of 2017... Was the lone rookie to play in the 2016 November exhibition against professional Cuban League team Artemisa... Started the game at first base batting seventh in the lineup, and was error-free in the field in nine defensive chances... Switched spots with starting pitcher Dane Myers in the bottom of the seventh inning and closed out the final 3.0 scoreless frames for an international save... Scattered two singles with no walks and one strikeout in the 4-0 shutout victory at Estadio 26 de Julio in Cuba.
High School - A 2016 graduate of Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas... Two-year starter, and four-year baseball letterman, for head coach Mike Pirtle... Helped lead the War Eagles to the 6A Region II semifinals (fourth round) of the state tournament as a senior (before falling to the eventual 2016 champs Dallas Jesuit)... Led the squad to a 29-4 overall record and undefeated mark in District 16-6A on the way to the Region II finals (fifth round) as a junior in 2015 (one spot away from the state's final four teams)... Named to the 2015 Greater Houston Junior All-Star squad... Maintained a 2.05 ERA and averaged 11.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with a 0.80 WHIP... Contributed 16 RBI in 24 games on the offensive side as a junior... Played summer ball for 17u-Twelve... Named a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American... Second team All Texas Region by Perfect Game, ranked as the No. 19 right-handed pitcher in the state.
Personal - Full name: Addison Joel Moss....Parents: Brian and Amy Moss of Spring, Texas (two brothers and five sisters). Chose to attend Rice over the United States Air Force Academy. College: McMurtry College