Rice downed FIU 5-4 in 12 innings on Saturday, February 18
One of three former College Park High School Cavaliers, along with Keenan Cook and John Simms, on the squad.
Wayne Graham said --"Mike had a great summer (playing in the Texas Collegiate League). Obviously he's one of the outfielders who has a chance to play a lot because he's a good hitter and runs well."
At Rice -- 2012: Played in 23 games and worked his way into 16 starts, all as the designated hitter (usually against left-handed pitchers)... Served as a substitute DH two times, a pinch-hitter three times, and twice as a defensive replacement in the outfield... Batted .324, the third-highest average on the team, and reached as high as .345 in the final weekend of the regular season... Hit .385 (5-for-13) with a .538 slugging percentage against Conference USA foes... Collected a career-best two hits in a game four times, including UCF, Tulane, Dallas Baptist and in the opener of the NCAA Regional against Prairie View... Maintained a .421 average (8-for-19) against talented teams that played in the NCAA Tournament... Real "night Owl" who batted a team-leading .450 in night games... Enjoyed a .438 batting average when playing at home at Reckling Park... Batted as high as sixth in the lineup... Able to get on-base when leading off an inning 5-of-7 times (.714)... Played for The Woodlands Strykers of the Texas Collegiate League over the summer, where he led the TCL in batting average (.327) and home runs (10)... Shared the TCL lead with 36 RBI, giving him the top spot in league's triple crown categories... 2011: Appeared in 26 games in first season at the Division I level, including 13 starts... All 13 starts were in left field, and 10 were when the opponent started a left-handed pitcher... Made seven appearances as a pinch-hitter and remained in the game to play the outfield four times... Served as a pinch-runner four times and twice entered the game as a defensive substitution in left field... Batted .279 for the full season, but maintained a .290 average (9-of-31) when starting... Finished second on the team in pinch-hits (2) and PH appearances (7)... Made collegiate debut on opening day as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning against Stanford and scored a run as Rice attempted to rally... First career start was in front of more than 5,000 fans against SEC foe Kentucky in a game played downtown at Minute Maid Park, where he went 1-for-4 with a run scored... Started again at Minute Maid Park two days later against Baylor and went 1-for-2 with an RBI single... Faced Baylor in the NCAA Tournament as a pinch hitter and delivered a one-out single in the ninth inning... Hit safely in each of the first four games where he recorded an at bat, and was hitting .333 (6-of-18) by the time C-USA league games began in March... Recorded hits twice, in games against conference foes Houston and Memphis... Drew a career-high two walks in a road game at Sam Houston State... Proved to be a steady defensive outfielder with good range... Tallied a career-high five put outs in a C-USA start at East Carolina, the same game where he successfully stole second base... Played in the West Coast Collegiate League (Bellingham) over the summer.
High School -- A 2010 graduate of College Park High School in The Woodlands, Tex... All-state outfielder as a senior (second team selection by the Texas Sports Writers, third team honoree by the Texas HS Coaches Assoc.)... First team 2010 all-Greater Houston according to the Houston Chronicle... First team Houston-5A by Houston5ABaseball.com... Two-time first team all-District 14-5A... Helped lead the Cavaliers to a 22-10 record and district title as a senior... Batted .395 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI and an .884 slugging percentage... Coached by Jason Washburn, the 2010 District 14-5A co-coach of the year... Squad reached the Region II finals of the state tournament as a junior in 2009... Member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
Personal -- Full name: Michael Vincent Aquino. Born: January 15, 1992 in Houston. Parents: Vincent and Yvette Aquino of The Woodlands. (three brothers, one sister). Was also recruited by Texas A&M and Florida State. Enjoys playing music. College: Duncan.