Collegiate Baseball Honors Rice Rookie
Three Owls Drafted For Second-Straight Season
Owl Shortstop 92nd Player Selected Overall
Elimination Rematch Later Saturday Evening
Cruz' Late Homer Helps Lift Rice Past FAU Friday, 5-4
Action photos from Rice's April 22 home baseball game vs. FAU.
Rice stayed alive in the Baton Rouge Regional on Saturday with a 13-6 win over crosstown foe Texas Southern
Rice rallied to defeat Houston 4-3 on April 11
Rice and Stanford split a doubleheader on March 12, Rice winning 12-2 and Stanford, 2-0 in seven innings.
Rice Baseball action shots from the 2016 NCAA Regional Championship Game
2018: Conference USA All-Tournament Team; All-Conference USA (First Team); C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Was 38th among the NCAA Division I individual leaders with 82 base hits when Rice's season came to an end (on May 26)... Led the team, and ranked among the Conference USA leaders in hits, batting average (.346), home runs (8), total bases 122), slugging percentage (.515) and on-base percentage (.431)... Also shared the team lead in RBI (45), doubles (14) and sac flies (5)... Finished second on the team in runs scored (41), walks (37) and total plate appearances (281)... One of four Rice players to start all 59 of the team's games (shortstop), and one of only two Owls to play all 518.1 of the team's defensive innings at his one position... Spot in the batting order was usually either first (29 times) or cleanup (22 times)... Reached base at a .395 pace (34-of-86 times) when leading off an inning... Batted .403 (29-of-72) when there were two outs already recorded in the inning... Steady splits included a .350 batting average at home at Reckling Park and a team-best .344 clip in all road games... Hit a team-best .366 in Rice's 23 games against the elite opponents that would go on to play in the NCAA Tournament... Also proved to be a `night Owl' who hit a team-best .361 in the team's 29 evening games... Maintained a 14-game hitting streak during one stretch, where he also reached base in 21-straight games... Collected two or more hits in a game a team-high 25 times... Only Rice player with a five-hit game, the squad's final outing of the year playing in the C-USA Tournament elimination game against No. 27 ranked Florida Atlantic... Went 4-for-5 with four RBI playing against Lamar in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas... Though primarily the leadoff batter he tied for the team lead with 45 RBI and drove-in two or more runs in a game ten different times... Steady fielder who turned or started 31 of the team's 46 doubles plays... Recorded a season-high eight defensive assists in a single game against conference foe UAB... Made a season-high five put outs in a road game at Middle Tennessee.
2017: One of only three Owls to start/play in all 64 games... Played all 553.2 innings at shortstop... Usually batted fifth in the order (29 times)... Led the team, and ranked among the Conference USA leaders, with 58 runs scored... Also led the Owls in walks (39) and was second on the team with 19 doubles... Finished fourth on the squad in batting average (.311), hits (74), total bases (107), on-base percentage (.408) and steals (4)... Steady hitter who batted .312 in home games at Reckling Park and .310 in goad games, as well as .317 with men on-base and .319 with runners in scoring position... Collected two or more hits in a game 17 times, including a career-high tying three hits in a game seven different times... Went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the NCAA Tournament elimination game against Southeastern Louisiana, sending Rice to the Regional Final... Tallied 38 RBI (sixth on the team), but drove-in two or more RBI in a game eleven different times (third-highest on the team)... Tied a career-high with four RBI in a C-USA clash at UAB... Blasted four home runs, including two in a single game against a Sam Houston State squad that went on to play in a NCAA Super Regional... Finished the game against the Bearkats with a career-high nine total bases... Only Owl to draw more walks (39) than have strikeouts (38)... Had one stretch of reaching base in 23-straight games.... Reached base at a .400 pace (24-of-60) when leading off an inning... Recorded a season-best eight assists in the shutout victory across town at No. 14 ranked Houston... Turned or started 29 of the team's 49 double plays... Played in the prestigious Cape Cod League (Hyannis) over the summer.
2016: Freshman All-America (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com, NCBWA, Perfect Game); Conference USA Freshman of the Year; All-Conference USA (second team); C-USA All-Freshman Team; C-USA All-Tournament Team; Garnered a host of individual awards after a sensational debut season of Division I baseball... Led the nationally-ranked Owls, and was among the C-USA league leaders, in hits (75), RBI (41), walks (34) and on-base percentage (.428)... Also led Rice in slugging percentage (.471) and total bases (105), while sharing the team lead (with Ryan Chandler) in both doubles (15) and games played (62)... After coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter on Opening Day against eventual College World Series runner-up Arizona he started each of the next 61-consecutive games in the infield, including 60 at shortstop and once at second base vs. Texas State in the second week of the season... Hitless in his lone pinch-hitting role/collegiate debut vs. Arizona, but then proceeded to hit safely in each of the team's next 18 games for what proved to be the longest streak by an Owl all season... Reached base in 19-consecutive games during one stretch later in the year... Usually batted third or fourth in the lineup (45 times combined)... Finished second on the team in hitting (.336), runs scored (34), triples (3) and plate appearances (265)... Third on the squad in at bats (223), steals (6) and sacrifice flies (3)... Hit .415 with runners on base, .474 with men in scoring position, and was 6-for-10 with the bases loaded... Two of the bigger bases-loaded hits were a triple in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past No. 16 ranked East Carolina, and then a grand slam in the C-USA Tournament... Batted .365 in all C-USA regular season games, and was 6-for-20 with pair of home runs (on back-to-back days) as the Owls reached the championship final of the conference tournament... Reached base at a .467 pace (28-of-60) when leading off an inning... Collected two or more hits in a game a team-best 19 times, including a career-best three hits on six different occasions... Drove-in two or more runs a team-best nine times, including a career-high four RBI with the grand slam at the C-USA Tournament... Scored a career-high four runs in a game twice, both against Florida schools (UCF and FIU)... Patiently drew two walks in a game nine different times... Improved defensively over the course of the season... Turned or started 36 of the team's 52 double plays... Recorded a career-high nine assists in a 3-1 C-USA victory over UAB to tie for the most by an Owl all season... Made only one fielding error in 57 total chances during one month-long stretch, and soon followed that up with error-free play in 82 consecutive defensive chances in another month-long stretch after the first streak... Played in the prestigious Cape Cod League (Hyannis) over the summer... Registered three hits with a double, RBI, run scored and sacrifice bunt in the victory over Cuban professional team Artemisa... Drove-in what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the third inning of the 4-0 international road victory last November.
High School -- A 2015 graduate of Kelly High School in Beaumont, Texas... Twice earned first team all-state honors playing in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools... Three-time first team TAPPS All-District 3-5A selection... Four-year varsity starter under head coach Jimmy Neale... Helped lead the Bulldogs to a 17-10 record and second place finish in the state tournament... Named to the TAPPS All-State Tournament team... Batted .333 with 21 runs scored, 17 RBI, seven doubles and seven stolen bases... Finished second in the district with a .629 slugging percentage... Versatile student-athlete who also lettered in football... Member of the National Honor Society... Mu Alpha Theta.
Personal -- Full name: Jay Clifford Proctor...Parents: Jay and Jill Proctor of Beaumont (one brother, four sisters). Brother, Anthony Fazio, was a Rice baseball letterman in 2010-2011. College: Jones