Wayne Graham said -"We like how Blake continues to get better, all the time. He had a good fall, and was particularly sharp late. As a freshman he pitched, hit from the left side and played first base. We think he's going to be a starter, but he will help us in a multitude of ways."
Rice -- 2013: Freshman All-America (third team reliever, Collegiate Baseball magazine); Conference USA All-Freshman Team; C-USA Co-Pitcher of the Week (May 6); One of three Owls with the versatile role of serving as both a hitter and a pitcher... Played in a total of 44 games as a true freshman, including 24 as a left-handed hitter/first baseman and 20 as a pitcher (none in the same game)... Undefeated in six pitching decisions, notching a victory in a start against Lamar and wins in relief against Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Texas State, UAB and UCF... Made two starts, both against Lamar... Fired a career-long 5.0 shutout innings in the second start against the Cardinals, scattering a pair of hits and a walk while striking out three... That game began a season-long stretch consecutive scoreless innings that reached 11.1 frames over four appearances... Allowed just one run in an earlier 12.1 inning span (March 6 to April 6) that lowered his in-season ERA to 2.04... Recorded a save in his collegiate pitching debut at Hawaii (Feb. 25) by blanking the Rainbows for 3.0 innings on two hits... Pitched 3.0 or more innings six different times... Recorded a career-high five strikeouts in the second of three meetings against La Tech... Averaged 5.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Maintained a 1.8-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Held opposing hitters to a composite .288 batting average... Finished with a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings of Conference USA league games... Picked a runner off first base on the road at UAB... Key contributor on the mound, but pitching was only half the story... Worked his way into 14 starts in the batting order, played as a defensive sub at first base ten times and pinch hit three times... Made 13 starts at first base and one as the designated hitter... Slapped a base hit in his first career at bat on the second day of the season against national power Stanford... Started at DH three days later against Dallas Baptist and promptly went 3-for-3 with a walk and a pair of RBI... Was a perfect 4-for-4 in first four official at bats, and had reached first base in all five plate appearances... Recorded a hit in three-consecutive games where he had at least one at bat... Collected a pair of two-hit games late in the year - in the final C-USA series against Marshall and San Francisco in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament... Solid defensive first baseman who maintained a .986 fielding percentage in 145 total chances... Also played error-free in 14 defensive chances as a pitcher.
High School - A 2012 graduate of Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas... Earned all-Southwest Preparatory Conference honors as a junior and senior... Helped lead the Knights to three-straight conference championships (2010-12)... Four-year varsity letterman under head coach Matt Fox, (Blake's cousin and) a 1998-2001 Rice baseball letterman... Went 7-2 on the mound with a 2.48 ERA and struck out 85 batters in 62 innings as a junior in 2011... Also hit .390 with a .650 slugging percentage, 34 RBI and 28 runs scored in 36 games that season... Versatile student-athlete who was also a varsity basketball letterman.
Personal - Full name: Blake Alexander Fox... Born: June 17, 1993, in Bellaire... Parents: Mike and Linda Fox of Bellaire (three brothers)... Continues a strong Rice baseball legacy as father, cousin (Matt Fox), and grandfather (Jim Fox), all played for the Owls before advancing to various levels of professional baseball in different organizations... College: Will Rice