Start Time Set For 6:30 PM at Reckling Park
Owls Improve To 17-10 Overall and 7-2 in C-USA Action; Next Host Texas A&M on Tuesday Night
2016: Appeared in four games off the bench, including twice as a pinch runner, once as a pinch hitter, and once as a defensive substitute at second base... Made season against UCF (March 5) debut pinch running for catcher Dominic DiCaprio, but did not stay in defensively... Pinch ran at first base for designated hitter Andrew Dunlap at Middle Tennessee (April 3), where he recorded his first career steal (of second base)... Scored his lone run of the year from second base on Hunter Kopycinski's two-out single before giving way to a new DH Cody Staab... Later pinch hit for Staab (who had started in right field) to lead off the top of seventh inning of the Conference USA series finale at Southern Miss... Registered his only official at bat of the season at USM, but did not remain in the game... Made the first defensive appearance of his collegiate career at second base in the series finale against crosstown foe Houston (May 17)... Recorded a defensive put out in his only chance at Constellation Field, but did not get an opportunity to bat in the game... 2015: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Appeared in three games in first season of Division I action... Made his collegiate debut on Feb. 25 vs. Stephen F. Austin, pinch-running at third base for eventual first team all-conference honoree and major league draftee John Clay Reeves... Scored a run in that game, and then returned a week later to pinch-run for Reeves at first base in the top of the eighth inning of a road game against No. 1 ranked TCU... Made his first appearance in the batter's box as a substitute designated hitter in the opening game of the C-USA series at Old Dominion... Replaced the (then) .410-hitting DH Kirby Taylor in the top of the ninth inning, and drew a one-out walk to load the bases... Did not make any defensive appearances in the field, but finished the season with a 1.000 on-base percentage.
High School -
A 2014 graduate of Antonian College Prep in San Antonio... Second-team Louisville Slugger High School All-America... Named the 5A Male Athlete of the Year, and first team All-State in baseball, in the Texas Association of Parochial & Private Schools (TAPPS)... San Antonio All-Area team... Batted .408 with five home runs, 45 runs scored and 31 RBI for the 26-8 TAAPS regional championship team... Four-year letterman and three-year starting shortstop for head coach Willie Gawlik... Versatile athlete who was also a four-year football letterman... Starting quarterback for three years and three-time all-district selection... Exceptional student who was named to the TAPPS 5A Academic All-State baseball team... Member of the National Society of High School Scholars, and Math Honors Society.
Full name: Howard Chadwick Tatum (prefers the nickname Chad)...Parents: Kenneth and Tina Tatum of San Antonio (one sister). Father was a four-year football letterman at Austin College... Volunteer community service time at San Antonio Food Bank and Cochrane Mentoring Foundation... Chose to attend Rice over Princeton... College: Martel