Owls Return Home To Begin C-USA Play on Friday Night
At Rice -- 2014: Put together a solid first competitive season with 12 appearances, all in relief... Maintained a 2.35 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 15.1 innings... Held all opponents to a .200 batting average... Made collegiate debut in the finale of the Purdue series and fired a scoreless ninth inning... Pitched ten days later on the road at eventual NCAA Regional participant Sam Houston State and pitched a scoreless ninth to earn first career save... Saw action in all three games of the opening Conference USA series of the season vs. an Old Dominion team that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament... Winning pitcher in the 17-inning marathon second game of the series, before coming back to pitch in the finale that also went extra innings... Posted a career-high three strikeouts in 2.0 shutout innings on the road at Lamar... Maintained a 2.2-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio for the full season... Pitched a career-long 3.0 shutout frames against Texas A&M, followed by another 2.1 scoreless innings in the finale vs. Houston... In six games vs. eventual NCAA Tournament teams totaling 7.2 innings, he did not allow any runs on five hits and held opposing hitters to a composite .185 batting average... Closed out the year with a streak of 8.1 scoreless innings over four appearances, where he allowed just two singles and two walks with six strikeouts... 2013: Did not see game action... 2012: Was sidelined before the start of fall practices (2011) and gained a redshirt season for the spring... Played locally for the Houston Wildcats over the summer.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Ball High School in Galveston, Tex.... Three-year varsity starter who saw action on the mound, behind the plate and in the outfield during his prep career... Two-time All-Galveston County honoree (catcher in 2011)... Served two seasons as the team captain... Batted .385 with a .585 slugging percentage and .437 on-base average as a senior in 2011 to help the Tornados reach the 4A Region III bi-district playoffs for the first time in eight years... Went 3-2 on the mound with a 3.15 ERA as a junior in 2010 when the team played in class 5A... Struck out 18 and walked only four in 20 innings of work... Coached by Steve Hecker... National Honors Society member... Maintained a 4.2 grade point average (5.0 scale)... Graduated with Honors.
Personal -- Full name: Austin Michael Orewiler... Born: May 18, 1993 in Tiffin, Ohio... Parents: Ryan and Katherine Orewiler of Galveston... Chose to attend Rice over Dartmouth and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point... Worked as a volunteer with a youth baseball team and coached a little league team that won the East Texas championship.