|5 Christian Stringer
Named (along with teammate Austin Kubitza
) a second team 2013 Preseason All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Wayne Graham said -- "Christian is a valid top-of-the-line Division I player. He should be one of the best second basemen in the country."
At Rice -- 2012: All-Conference USA (first team); C-USA Academic Honor Roll; All-Silver Glove Series team for his play in the annual season-long series against crosstown rival Houston; Played in 59 of the 60 games, all as the starting second baseman... Led the Owls and finished seventh in C-USA with a .343 batting average in first season of Division I baseball... Team-leader and ranked among the C-USA's best in runs scored (58, 2nd in C-USA), hits (81, 3rd C-USA), on-base percentage (.448, 5th C-USA) and assists (178, tied 5th C-USA)... Batted .389 in conference and made just one fielding error in league games... Started as the No. 9 hitter on Opening Day vs. FIU, and began his Rice career with a blast by knocking a home run in his very first at bat... Never batted lower than third in the order in his 58 games after that... Hit leadoff 38 times where the team went 26-12... Reached base 39-of-80 times (.488) when leading off an inning... Consistent batter who had a .341 average in home games and a .346 mark on the road... Maintained a .347 average with the bases empty and hit .342 with runners on... Registered the team's longest hitting streak of the season (17-games) from March 7 to April 1... Got on base in 46-consecutive games, the most by an Owl in a single-season in four years... Collected two or more hits in a game a team-leading 23 times, including a career-best four hits three different times (tied for the most four-hit games on the squad)... Scored four times in a road win at Lamar... Tallied three runs on four occasions... Drove-in a career-best four runs and compiled a career-best seven total bases in a victory over UTSA, highlighted by a home run and a triple... Also homered on the road at No. 2 ranked Stanford... Finished second on the team in walks (38), and drew more free passes then times struck out (28)... One of three Owls to get hit by a pitch twice in a single game (at Marshall)... Tied for second on the team with six steals... Converted on 6-of-11 steal attempts... Proved to be a steady fielder, recording Rice's best every-day fielding percentage at second base (.978) in six years... Fielded 187-consecutive chances without an error from Feb. 26 to May 1... Turned or started 35 of the Owls' 46 double-plays... Made a career-high seven put outs in a win over New Mexico State... Registered a career-best seven defensive assists in the road win at No. 2 Stanford... Played locally for the Houston Wildcats over the summer.
Navarro College -- Played baseball at Navarro College in Corsicana, Tex., in 2010 and 2011... Helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2011 Junior College National Championship in Grand Junction, Colorado, and a final team record of 46-18... In the team's six-game JCWS title-run, he batted a steady 6-for-20 (.300) with a double and triple, seven runs scored and seven RBI... Solid defensive work at second base also played a key role in the national championship, highlighted by his .971 fielding percentage and starting or turning seven double plays throughout the six games... Batted .356 on the season with a .453 on-base percentage... Earned All-Texas Eastern Conference and All-Region XIV honors... Helped a 35-18 Bulldogs team advance to the Regional playoffs in 2010... Hit .352 with 38 runs scored and 32 RBI in 40 games played... Coached by Woah Dill.
High School -- A 2009 graduate of Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Tex.... Four-year baseball starter helped lead the Bobcats to a 25-5 record and the 4A Region II semifinals as a senior in 2009... Earned All-East Texas honors, All-District 14-4A and was the squad's offensive MVP... Coached by Scott Mitchell.
Personal -- Full name: John Christian Stringer (prefers to use middle name). Born: June 25, 1990, in Longview, Texas. Parents: Randy and Carla Stringer of Longview. Athletic family includes father who played college golf at East Texas State, an uncle (Johnny Greene) was a three-year football letterman at Baylor (1974-76), and another uncle (Richard Stringer) played baseball at Paris Junior College.