Friday Start Time At 6:30 PM; Saturday's Game Set For Television Broadcast
Owls & Longhorns To Play Four Games at Reckling Park
C-USA Champion Owls Finish With 42-20 Record, 20-Straight NCAA Tournament Bids
Rice Next Meets Texas at 7 PM Saturday Night
Start Time Set For 6:30 PM At Reckling Park
Rice and NC State battled for 17 innings before the Wolfpack advance to the College World Series
Rice faced Texas A&M at Minute Maid Park on March 2
Images from his career as an Owl
Rice completed a three-game sweep of FIU with an 8-1 win on Sunday
At Rice -- 2013: All-Conference USA (second team, outfielder); C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Played in 63 of the team's 64 games with 60 starts... Every start was in the outfield, and 59 of 60 were in leftfield... Lone start in center was against Baylor in perhaps one of the most distinctive centerfield settings in the country downtown at Minute Maid Park (a CF distance of 436 feet with a hill and flag pole in play)... Batted in as many as seven different spots in the lineup, the most of any Owl... Most starts were as the No. 5 hitter, a total of 22 times where he hit .318... Hit leadoff, and went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, in the third game of the series at Hawaii... Led the team, and finished fifth in C-USA, for batting average in league-only games (.352)... Batted .385 in the C-USA Tournament and delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th inning of the championship final to lift the Owls to the tourney title... Had five hits and drew four walks for a .529 on-base percentage in the four C-USA Tournament games at Reckling Park... Enjoyed the best overall home batting average (.349) along with a .416 on-base average in 32 games played at Reckling Park (minimum 25 at bats)... Finished third on the team in RBI (32) and sacrifice bunts (11)... Seven of the 11 sac bunts were in C-USA games, tying for the most by any player in the league... Second on the team with four sacrifice flies... Combination of sac bunts and sac flies (total 15) was the most of any player in C-USA (15)... Placed fourth on the team in hits (68), runs (38) and steals (5), and tied for fourth in doubles (9)... Was fifth in both batting average (.292) and slugging, a .356 percentage that has improved in every year of his collegiate career... Had more at bats with the bases loaded (14) than any other Owl and was a steady 6-for-14 (.429) in those opportunities... Managed to reach base at a .449 pace when leading off an inning (22-of-49)... Collected two or more hits in a game 20 times, including a career-high tying three hits four different times... Longest hitting streak was ten-straight games, the third-best mark on the team... Reached base in 14-consecutive games during one stretch... Drove in two or more runs in a game six times, with a career-high tying four RBI in the St. Patrick's Day win over Harvard... Tied a career-high with three walks in the May 25 victory over Memphis... Steady defensive outfielder with solid range and strong arm... Maintained a .981 fielding percentage in 106 total chances... Recorded defensive assists by throwing out seven runners on the base paths, including two in one game against UCF... Tied a career high with five put outs in the home win over Lamar... Moved from outfield to second base in the midst of the Texas A&M game and was error-free... Made one appearance as a pinch hitter, one as a pinch runner (before remaining in to play designated hitter), and once directly subbed-in as the new DH... 2012: Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll; Played in 27 games with six starts, including four in left field and two as the designated hitter (usually against right-handed pitchers)... The 21 games played coming off the bench were the most of any Owl... Hit .370 in the second half of the season to raise his average 93 points and finish at .304... Thrived as a pinch-hitter, going 5-for-9 (.556) with a double and a walk in a team-leading 10 pinch-hitting assignments... Made seven appearances as the new DH, three as an outfield substitute, and was one of just three Owls called-on to pinch-run (one time, in which he did his job and scored a run)... Reached base 4-of-11 times (.364) when leading-off an inning... Batted .368 (7-of-19) against Conference USA opponents in the regular season, and was 2-for-4 at the C-USA Tournament... Went 5-for-10 with a .615 on-base percentage in games against nationally-ranked opponents... Collected two hits in games against Grambling and Tulane... After the two-hit game at Tulane, he started the next day against the Green Wave and drew a pair of walks while batting second in the lineup... Registered the team's fifth-best on-base percentage (.385) for Owls who had his same number of at bats (46)... Converted on 3-of-4 stolen base attempts... Played for the Haymarket Senators in the Valley League over the summer... 2011: All Silver Glove Series honoree for the annual series against crosstown rival Houston; Played in 60 of the team's 63 games, including 53 starts in first season at the Division I level... Finished sixth on the team in starts... Made 49 starts in the outfield (40 in left, eight in right and one in center)... Started twice at second base and twice as the designated hitter, with both DH starts in the very first series of the year against Stanford (including Opening Day)... Forty-six starts were as the leadoff batter, a spot he had essentially locked-up the second half of the season... Batted .296 over the Owls' last 30 games to raise his average 23 points... Hit a steady .284 in the No. 1 spot in the order and reached base at a .438 pace when leading-off an inning... Average was .288 against the talented teams that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament... "Night Owl who hit 89 points higher in night games (.323) than day games (.234)... Batted .357 and scored four times in the season-long five-game Silver Glove Series against crosstown rival Houston... Recorded a career-high three hits in the first meeting against Houston, and later matched that total in the final home against Memphis... Collected 14 games with two or more hits... Maintained a career-best 10-game hitting streak that was tied for the fourth-longest on the team... Hit lone home run of the season in the NCAA Tournament against eventual College World Series participant California... Drove-in a career-best four runs in the finale against Louisiana Tech, and had two or RBI in a game four times... Finished second on the team in walks (31)... Drew a career-high three walks in the second Silver Glove game against Houston... Tied for second on the team with six steals, converting on 6-of-7 attempts... Fourth on the squad with seven sacrifice bunts... Recorded defensive assists from two different outfield positions - from left field against Louisiana Tech and from right field against Marshall... Made a dramatic, game-saving diving catch in left field in the C-USA Championship Final against Houston... Career-high put outs in a single game was five against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament... Played in the Alaska League (Anchorage) over the summer.
High School -- A 2010 graduate of College Park High School in The Woodlands, Tex... Second team 2010 all-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle... All-Houston 5A honorable mention by Houston5ABaseball.com... Twice selected first team all-District 14-5A... Two-time member of the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association 5A all-stars (Northeast)... Named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-state team... Helped lead the team to a 22-10 record and district title as a senior... Coached by Jason Washburn, the 2010 District 14-5A co-coach of the year... Hit .362 with 34 hits and 36 runs scored in 32 games... Drove in 22 runs and stole 18 bases... Maintained a .334 average for his prep career... The Cavs reached the Region II finals of the state tournament in his junior season of 2009... Versatile two-sport star also earned three varsity letters in football and was named a second-team all-district honoree.
Personal -- Full name: Keenan Jackson Cook... Born: January 10, 1992 in The Woodlands... Parents: Wes and Cindi Cook of The Woodlands (one brother and one sister)... Older brother, Aaron, played Division I baseball for Texas Arlington and Sam Houston State... College: Jones.
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