Five Owls Selected Wednesday By Major League Baseball Clubs
MLB Draft Concludes on Wednesday
Owls Next Play Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns On Monday at 1 PM - Still Need Two Wins To Stay Alive
Owls Have A Chance To Claim C-USA Regular Season Crown
Rice Concludes Regular Season With Three-Game Homestand Beginning Thursday Night
Rice defeated Stanford 12-1 in the final game of their weekend series.
Rice and NC State battled for 17 innings before the Wolfpack advance to the College World Series
Rice dropped a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State on Saturday
Rice faced Texas A&M at Minute Maid Park on March 2
Stanford edged Rice 3-2 on February 16, 2013
At Rice - 2015: Played in 52 of the team’s 59 games… Made 51 starts, all at shortstop until the final game of the season when he started in left field (his first time to play somewhere other than shortstop all season)… Got the nod after delivering one of the most heroic at bats of the season in the game-before: in his first appearance in almost three weeks, he came off the bench to slam an RBI double to the right field corner that scored the go-ahead run vs. crosstown rival Houston in the 20th inning of an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament… The dramatic game-winning hit helped end a six-hour marathon that finished after 2 am… Hit .276 with runners on base… Finished second on the team in RBI (35) and third in runs scored (32) and doubles (12)… Shared the team lead with four SAC flys… Tallied 13 multi-hit games, including a season-best three-hits in a game three different times… Drove-in two more runs in a game ten times, the second highest total on the squad… Shared the team lead with five stolen bases and was a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts... 2014: A starter every time he played, a total of 45 of the team's 62 games... Was sidelined for a month of action after the midpoint of the season, but bounced back to help the program win both the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles with a sensational string of outings down the home stretch... Batted .377 in the 14 games over the final month, all while switching defensive positions... Started the first 31 games at shortstop, was sidelined, then returned as the starting centerfielder (where he hit .377 and scored 11 runs in 14 games to help the Owls go 10-4)... Even with time out of the lineup he finished second on the team in steals (5) and walks (28)... Remained among the C-USA leaders in walks, and the free passes also helped him rank third on the team in on-base percentage (.379)... Eight-game hitting streak tied for the Owls' fifth-longest... Reached base in 16-consecutive games during one stretch, the third-longest streak on the team... Able to get on base at a .400 pace when leading off an inning... Usually batted leadoff (19 times), but also rotated around to bat in as many as six different spots... Hit .302 in C-USA league games and stepped-up to bat .375 (12-of-32) in the Owls' eight-game postseason-run... Hit .354 (17-of-48) with runners in scoring position, including 2-for-5 when the bases were loaded... Collected two or more hits in a game 11 times... Tied career-best three hits in a game five different times, most-recently against UTSA in the televised championship final of the C-USA Tournament... Third hit of the day in the finale against Louisiana Tech drove-in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning for a walk-off victory that completed the series sweep... Drove-in a career-high three runs in the three-hit finale vs. C-USA foe and eventual NCAA Tournament participant Old Dominion... Had two RBI on two hits against Atlantic 10 champion George Mason in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament... Scored two or more runs in a game seven times, including a career-best three runs in the finale of the Purdue series... Tied for fourth on the team with six sacrifice bunts, but plus-speed turned a number of other sac bunt attempts into base hits... Fielding percentage splits were a 1.000 in 38 defensive chances in centerfield, and a .942 in 139 chances while playing first Division I season at shortstop... Turned or started 16 of the team's 48 double plays... Tallied a career-high six assists as the starting shortstop in the 17-inning marathon against Old Dominion (game one of a double-header)... Also logged a four assists in the second ODU game that day, a total of 10 in a full double-header's worth of games... Tied a career-high with five put outs as the centerfielder in the first of two games played on a single day at the C-USA Tournament - a pair of contests against ODU... 2013: NCAA All-Regional; C-USA All-Tournament; All-Silver Glove Series (vs. Houston)... Only Owl freshman to play in every game... Started 63 of the team's 64 games, and all but one of the starts was in centerfield... Made one start at second base in place of all-conference honoree and eventual major league draft pick Christian Stringer (vs. Baylor at Minute Maid Park in the finale of the of the Houston College Classic)... Second on the team in on-base percentage (.420) and steals (9)... Led the squad, and 42nd among the NCAA statistical leaders, in sacrifice bunts (13)... Shared the team lead in walks (44), and was also hit by a pitch more than any other Owl (15 times, the most by a Rice player since 2008)... Tied for fourth on the team in at bats (233), doubles (9) and triples (1)... Finished with a total of 64 hits in 64 games played... Started 47 of the team's first 49 games batting leadoff, then moved to the bottom half of the lineup for the last 15 games and posted dramatic results... Batted .408, maintained a .525 on-base percentage and scored 12 runs over the final 15 games to help the Owls tie for first in the C-USA regular season standings and win both the league tournament and NCAA Regional in Eugene, Oregon... Only other game not to bat leadoff was on March 1 against No. 1 ranked North Carolina where he went 1-for-3 with an RBI and sacrifice bunt... Hit a steady .333 (12-for-36) in all games against ranked opponents and batted .391 in NCAA Tournament games... Collected two or more hits in a game 19 times, including a career-high three hits against Memphis in the C-USA tournament to help send the Owls to the championship final... Knocked a home run and a double in a two-hit game against state foe Stephen F. Austin for a career-best six total bases... Ended the year with a season-long six-game hitting streak, as well as having reached base in 16-consecutive games (one away from career-best 17)... Drew two or more walks in a game 12 times, including a career-high four walks in the series-opener at future conference foe FIU... Finished 30th overall among the NCAA national leaders in walks... Scored twice in a game nine different times... Drove-in a season-best two runs in the series finale win at UAB... Converted on 9-of-15 stolen base attempts... Stole two bases in the final Super Regional game at NC State... Combined solid range with a strong arm in centerfield... Recorded 7-of-9 defensive assists throwing runners out from centerfield, including four that were directly to home plate, one to home on a relay, one at third base and one at second base... Registered an out and two assists playing second base at Minute Maid Park.
High School - A 2012 graduate of Cypress Ranch High School, just west of Houston... Selected in the 25th round of the major league draft by the New York Mets after an outstanding prep career... Helped lead Cy Ranch to the 5A state championship and a 34-8 record as a senior... First team all-state honoree by Texas High School Coaches Association and Texas Sports Writers... First team all-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle... Named first team Rawlings all-region... Batted .420 with a .566 on-base average, scored 37 runs, stole 20 bases and drove in 22 runs to lead the Mustangs to the 2012 state title... Selected to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association 5A all-star game (south team), as well as the 5A Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association all-star game (north team)... Four-year varsity letterman and three-time all-District 17-5A honoree under head coach John Pope, a 1988-89 Rice baseball letterman... Joined fellow Owl signees Hunter Kopycinski, Kevin McCanna and Beau Rathjen as teammates at the 2011 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
Personal - Full name: Leon Andre Byrd, Jr.... Born: February 27, 1994, in Houston... Parents: Leon and Lisa Byrd of Cypress, Texas (two sisters)... Father was a baseball letterman at Jackson State... College: Brown
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