Anchored the middle of the bullpen in 2010, but could see action as a starter, or middle/late reliever this season... Command with improved velocity improved his stock.
Wayne Graham said -- "Abel was a big part of our efforts last year and he showed an improved velocity this fall. He'll have a big part for us again this year. He's matured into a dependable Division I pitcher."
Rice -- 2010: One of four Owls who saw action as both a pitcher (28 games) and hitter/position player (14 games)... Led the staff in games pitched, and shared the team lead in relief appearances (26) with Tyler Duffey... Rice's finishing pitcher in a game a team-high 16 times and was second on the staff with three saves... Made starts against regional rival Texas State and Conference USA foe UCF, both on the road... Worked a career-long 5.1 innings at Texas State to earn first win of the season... Scattered three hits and struck out three while working into the sixth inning as the Owls went on to claim a 5-0 shutout victory... Fired another 5.1 shutout innings in relief to claim a win against crosstown rival Houston in the middle game of the C-USA weekend series (game three for the annual Silver Glove Trophy)... Also posted relief wins over eventual College World Series participant TCU and on the road at Sam Houston State... The Sam Houston State victory capped a streak of 14.0 consecutive scoreless innings where he lowered his season ERA from 2.57 to 1.78... Only Owl to pitch twice in the NCAA Tournament and did not allow a run in 1.2 combined innings... In a closer look at the three losses, all were on the road to teams that went on to play in NCAA Regionals (Texas, Stanford and San Diego)... Did some of his best pitching away from Reckling Park, maintaining a 2.25 ERA and .248 opponents' batting average in a team-high 17 road appearances... Notched first career save in a critical one-run, C-USA road win at Tulane... Posted a 3.0 inning save in the second game of the Southern Miss double-header... Earned third save with 1.1 innings at home against UAB... Averaged 5.4 strikeouts per nine frames and maintained a 2.2-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Struck out a career-high five batters in 2.2 road innings at Marshall... Pitched 2.0 or more innings 11 different times... Showed versatility pitching an inning at Tulane and playing as the designated hitter that same game... Made eight starts at first base... Played first base a total of 12 times, three of which were after originally entering the game as a pinch hitter... Hit a steadier .263 when starting the game in the field... One of only three Owls who was intentionally walked all year... Went 2-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a double in the series-opening win against C-USA foe East Carolina... Put the Owls on the board with an RBI double in the 4-3 win over Nebraska... Went 1-for-1 and scored twice after drawing a career-high three walks in the C-USA series-opener against Houston... Tallied a sacrifice fly in the road win at Lamar... Fields equally well at first base or on the mound... Maintained a .987 fielding percentage in 66 defensive chances... Made nine assists as a pitcher and four playing first base... Recorded a career-high 10 put outs in a game three times... 2009: Rice University Honor Athlete; Pitched in 17 games with two starting assignments... Started against Dallas Baptist and on the road against No. 4 ranked Texas... Longest outing was 2.2 innings in the Dallas Baptist start where he did not allow any earned runs on four hits... Earned first career victory with 1.1 innings of two-hit relief on the road at crosstown rival Houston... Struck out a batter in seven of 17 appearances... Allowed only one earned run in his first 13.0 innings of the season and just one walk in his first 14.2 innings...Threw 11.0 of his 19.2 innings at home at Reckling Park, where he maintained a 3.27 home ERA... Each of his last four appearances were away from home (vs. Lamar, East Carolina, Texas and UAB)... Played summer ball for the East Texas Pump Jacks in the Texas Collegiate League... Batted .314 to lead East Texas to a second place finish in the league's regular season standings... 2008: C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... Played in 10 games with five starts... Made five starts at first base and one as the designated hitter... Started the second game of the year on the road against nationally-ranked Long Beach State... Drove in a run and scored in a win over Winthrop... Appeared ready to make a more pronounced contribution after getting three hits with a double, an RBI and a run scored in five at bats in the Southern Miss series, but was injured in a collision and sidelined the rest of the season... 2007: Did not see any game action... Gained a redshirt season.
High School -- A 2006 graduate of nearby St. Thomas High School... Four-year starter and letterman under coach Ken Schulte... Helped lead the Eagles to TAPPS state championship in 2004 and state finals in both 2005 and 2006... Posted a 27-9 career record and a .360 batting average... Named to the state's all-tournament team as a freshman... Three-time first team all-district and first team all-state... Member of the 2006 all-Greater Houston team.
Personal -- Full Name: Abel Raphael Gonzales. Born: Dec. 30, 1987, in Houston. Parents: Abel and Gloria Gonzales of Houston (one sister). Aunt and uncle, Mary and Alex Santos, both work in the Rice Athletics Department. Major: sports management. Minor: business. College: Sid Richardson.
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