Rice Improves To 7-2 In C-USA Action; Next Hosts Sam Houston State Tuesday Night
Rice - 2014: Played the most of any of the Owl freshmen, 44 of the team's 62 games with 35 starts... All but one of the starts was in centerfield (when he was the designated hitter in the final game of the season against Texas A&M in the NCAA Regional at Reckling Park)... Started on Opening Day at Stanford as a true freshman, where he reached base three times in his first four trips to the plate (one hit and two walks)... Finished the year third on the team in nine appearances off the bench (9), and tied for third in stolen bases (4)... Converted on four-of-five attempted steals... Was sixth on the squad with five sacrifice bunts, but exceptional speed helped him beat out three of the bunt attempts for base hits... Speed on the basepaths also helped him be the only Owl with at least five at bats not to hit into a double-play... Batted leadoff five times and hit second in the order ten times... Steady full-season percentages included reaching base at a .265 pace when leading off an inning, .266 when the bases empty, and .262 with runners-on... After batting .234 (15-of-64) to start the rookie season, he maintained a .295 pace (18-of-61) in the second half... Hit .271 in Conference USA regular season games... Collected two or more hits in a game seven times, including a career-high five hits on the road at former league foe Tulane... One of only two Owls (along with John Clay Reeves) to register a five-hit day... The five-hit game helped him reach base in 8-of-9 consecutive trips to the plate during one stretch... Went 4-for-5 with a career-high three RBI in the home victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Drove in two runs on a pair of hits in the road victory against a Texas team that went on to play in the College World Series... Drew a career-best two walks in a game three times, including Stanford and twice in the C-USA weekend series at FIU... Scored a career-high two runs in the second game of the FIU series... Recorded a career-high eight defensive put outs in centerfield against C-USA foe Old Dominion, the most by an Owl non-first baseman or catcher all season long.
High School - A 2013 graduate of The Woodlands High School... Helped lead the Highlanders to a 38-4 record, the 2013 5A state championship and No. 2 national ranking according to MAXPreps.com... Three-year varsity baseball starter for head coach Ron Eastman... Second team all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association... Earned second team all-Montgomery County and first team all-District 14-5A... Batted .321 while scoring 35 runs in the team's 42 games... Second team all-district honoree as both a junior and sophomore... Member of the Academic All-State team with a 3.98 grade point average, who chose to attend Rice over Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth... Versatile athlete, earning second team all-district honors in football... Helped the Highlanders win the 14-5A title with an undefeated district record and reach the Region II quarterfinals of the Division I state playoffs.
Personal - Full name: Charles Matthew Warren... Born: April 4, 1994, in Fort Worth... Parents: Greg Warren and Tara Nosich (four brothers, one sister)... Father played college football at Baylor in 1980-1981... Served as chairman of Interact, a community service and outreach organization... College: Brown