Owls Put Up Gritty Battle In Rowdy Road Game; Finish 2016 Season With 38-24 Record
Rice Next Plays Southeastern Louisiana In Elimination Game On Monday at 2 PM
Owls Next Face National-Seed/Host LSU on Sunday Night In Winner's Bracket Game
Start Time Set For 7:04 PM on ESPN3
Owls Next Await Possible NCAA At Large Bid To Be Announced On Monday (May 30)
Rice Baseball action shots from the 2016 NCAA Regional Championship Game
Action photos from the Rice Baseball team's opening game of 2016 NCAA Regional (prior to rain delays) - All Photos by Tommy Lavergne
Rice defeated Stephen F. Austin 13-1 on 2/25
2015: Played in 46 of the team's 59 games with 22 starts... Made 21 starts at third base and one second... Led the team with 24 appearances off the bench, including 19 as a pinch hitter and five as a defensive substitute in the infield (four times at third base and once at second)... Finished second on the team in on-base percentage (.415)... Reached base in 13-of-29 at bats (.448) when leading off an inning... Usually batted in the second half of the lineup, but also hit leadoff in six starts... Tied for fifth on the squad in walks (20) and finished with more free passes than strikeouts (17)... Tied for second on the team in both hit by pitch (8) and sacrifice bunts (6)... Steady year saw him bat .255 (12-of-47) in the first half of the season, and then .255 (14-of-55) in the second half... Hit .360 (9-of-25) with runners in scoring position... Also proved to be tough third-out, batting .359 (14-of-39) when two outs were already recorded in the inning... `Night Owl' who enjoyed a .343 (12-of-35) average in evening games, the second-best mark on the squad... Reached base in a season-best seven-straight games during one stretch... Converted on 3-of-4 stolen base attempts... Registered 77 defensive assists... Played error-free in one month-long stretch from Feb. 22 to Mar. 20... Started six double plays from the hot corner.
Navarro College - Played the previous two years at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, including the 2013 season with former Owl John Clay Reeves... The duo helped the Bulldogs reach the 2013 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado... Batted a steady .306 and served as team captain in the 32-21 season of 2014... Played in 52 of the team's 53 games and led the squad with 35 runs scored... Second on the team in stolen bases (13) and sacrifice bunts (6)... Drew 26 walks for a .397 on-base percentage... Had nine doubles, a home run and drove-in 21 runs... Maintained a .318 batting average and scored 19 runs while playing in 28 games in first season with the program... Coached by Whoa Dill... Participated in the city of Grand Junction's Challenger Baseball, a program where volunteers from the visiting juco World Series teams help handicap children play baseball.
High School - A 2012 graduate of Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas... Helped lead the baseball program to a 36-9 record, the 2012 4A State Championship, and to a final prep ranking of No. 19 in the nation by Baseball America... Hit .359 as a senior and scored 31 runs in 42 games for the Hawks... Had a .490 slugging average and a .480 on-base percentage... Batted .500 in 13 state tournament games to help win the 4A crown... Three-year varsity starter and two year letterman for head coach Greg Harvey... Texas Scholar Award honoree in 2012.
Personal - Full name: Grayson Bradley Lewis. Born: March 8, 1994 in Dallas. Parents: Cliff and Becky Lewis of Heath, Texas, (two brothers). Older brother, Connor, also played baseball at Grayson & Tyler Colleges, while younger brother, Dylan, is playing baseball at Navarro College. Rice College: Martel