Owls Put Up Gritty Battle In Rowdy Road Game; Finish 2016 Season With 38-24 Record
Owls Next Face LSU at 4 PM (Central Time) on June 7
Rice Next Plays Southeastern Louisiana In Elimination Game On Monday at 2 PM
Start Time Set For 7:04 PM on ESPN3
Rice Next Plays Sunday at 1 PM; TV on CBS Sports Network; Listen Live on ESPN Deportes 1180 AM
Action photos from the Rice Baseball team's opening game of 2016 NCAA Regional (prior to rain delays) - All Photos by Tommy Lavergne
2016: NCAA All-Regional Team; Led the nationally-ranked Rice baseball team, and finished eighth in Conference USA, in batting average (.341)… Finished second on the Owls in on-base percentage (.408), and reached base in a team-leading 21-consecutive games during one stretch… Solid on-base percentage is a function of disciplined approach at the plate, where he drew at least one walk in 19 different games… Tied for second on the team in hits (62) despite missing four weeks of the season with a hand injury… One of just four players on the team to record four hits in a game, and was the only Owl to do it twice… Tallied four hits in games that were just four days apart, at crosstown rival Houston (March 22) and then against C-USA foe Old Dominion (March 26)… Registered two or more hits in a game 16 different times… Played in 50 of the team’s 62 games with 48 starts, all in right field… One of four Owls to start every game at just one position… Batted leadoff 38 times, the most of any Rice player in any one spot all year… Reached base at a .383 pace when leading-off an inning… Hit .413 with runners on base and eye-opening .452 with men in scoring position… Hitting with runners on base led to 27 RBI, the third-highest total on the team and just one away from second-most on the squad… Drove in two or more runs in a game seven different times, including a season-best three RBI in a win over NCAA Tournament-bound Dallas Baptist… Went a steady 15-for-46 (.326) with two doubles, eight RBI and eight runs scored in the Owls’ ten postseason games… Used plus-speed to cover outfield ground, including a game-saving back-handed diving catch on the road at Texas-San Antonio…Recorded six defensive assists from right field… Consider the team’s predicament of having its leading hitter rank a distant seventh on the squad in plate appearances and not even in the top eight in games played... 2015: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; One of only three Owls to play in all 59 games... Tied for fourth on the team in starts (56), each of which was playing a different position (right field) than in his freshman season... Finished fourth on the team in hits (65), batting average (.311), runs scored (31), RBI (30), on-base percentage (.384) and total plate appearances (244)... Led the Owls in sacrifice bunts (7) and plus-speed helped him bunt for a base hit a team-leading six times... Shared the team lead with five steals, and had the second-most stolen bases attempts (9)... Recorded a 20-game hitting streak from March 1 to April 3, the longest by an Owl in a decade (Brian Friday, 20-straight in 2006)... The day after the streak snapped he proceeded to go 3-for-5 with a double and a career-high four RBI... Reached base in 26-consecutive games (overlapping the hit streak)... Tallied 14 multi-hit games, including a season-high three hits three different times (C-USA foes Middle Tennessee, UAB and Florida Atlantic)... Batted .343 with runners on base, and .339 (21-of-62) when there were two outs already recorded in the inning... Reached base at a .314 clip when leading off an inning (16-of-51)... Usually batted sixth in the lineup (22) times, but also saw action hitting second (nine times) and third (ten times)... Shared the team lead in most at bats with the bases-loaded (11), where he had four hits for a .364 average... Drove-in two or more runs in a game nine times, the third-highest total on the team... Tied the Rice school record (along with Tristan Gray and Teykl) for most at bats in a single game (9), established during the 20-inning marathon vs. Houston in the NCAA Regional... Only Owl to steal two bases in a game (at Lamar), and was also the only player to register two SAC flies in a single game (at home vs. Houston, which were his only two all year)... Tied his career-high with eight put outs in the 20-inning game, then didn't have a single ball hit his way the next game a few hours later against Louisiana... Played right field with the same speedy range he had in center as a freshman, but added a defensive dimension of throwing out four runners on the bases... Registered three double plays by throwing out runners, including one at home plate vs. LA Tech and twice behind the runner at first base after sensational catches... Also threw out a Texas A&M batter trying to stretch a single into a double.
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
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