|11 Rick Hague
One of the best players in the country who has worked to improve everything about his game... Model fielder and hitter... Great attitude, work ethic and range.
Wayne Graham said -- "Ricky led the Team USA in hitting. We think he is faster and stronger than he's ever been. We are looking for a big year from him."
International -- 2009: Represented Rice and his country playing for the United States national team over the summer... Gained valuable experience training with the nation's other top college stars on Team USA... Faced players from all over the world who are often older, professionals back in their native countries... Shared the Team USA in lead in hitting with Florida State's Tyler Holt, batting .371 (33-of-89) with a team-best seven doubles and three home runs for a .551 slugging percentage... Drove in 16 runs in 22 international games and stole seven bases... Earned the Best Hitter Award at the World Baseball Challenge held in British Columbia, Canada... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the World Baseball Challenge's championship final, an 8-1 Team USA victory over Germany.
At Rice -- 2009: NCAA All-Regional Team; All-Conference USA (second team); C-USA All-Tournament Team; All-Silver Glove Series; One of only two Owls (along with third baseman Anthony Rendon) to start all 61 games... Shortstop for all but four of the team's 542.2 innings on the field (99.3 percent)... Led the team in at bats (254) and doubles (17)... Shared the team lead in steals (11) and attempted steals (16)... Finished second in RBI (57) and third in hits (81), home runs (9), total bases (125) and sacrifice bunts (4)... Batted .319 for the full season, .376 with runners on base and .402 with men in scoring position... Hit .360 (9-for-25) with three doubles in the five NCAA Regional games and .438 (7-for-16) with six runs scored to help lead the Owls to the C-USA Tournament title... Shared the team's longest hitting streak of the season, 13-straight games from Mar. 21 to Apr. 10... Collected 25 games with two or more hits, including a career-high four hits twice (vs. Marshall and at Sam Houston State)... Slugged a career-best three doubles in the Opening Day win at Cal Poly, the most doubles by any Owl all season... Twice blasted two home runs in a game, the second of which led to a season-best four RBI in a win across town at rival Houston... Drove in two or more runs in a game 19 times to tie for the team lead... Matched the previous year's total for walks (22) and was hit by a pitch more than any other Owl (6) for a .382 on-base percentage... Tied a career-best with two steals in games vs. San Diego and Tulane... Turned or started 38 of the team's 73 double plays... Tallied a career-high seven assists in the opener, then matched the total two more times the rest of the season... Tied a career-high with six put outs in a win at Southern Miss... 2008: Freshman All-America (Collegiate Baseball, Second Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers)... All-NCAA Houston Regional... Conference USA All-Freshman Team... Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team... All-Silver Glove Trophy Series Team... C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... Burst on the Division I scene... Starting shortstop for the nationally-ranked Owls in all but three games... Rice lost two of the three games he missed... Team's top hitter at home at Reckling Park, hitting .400 (48-of-120) with a .642 slugging percentage... Batted a steady .348 for the full season, .346 against quality teams that advanced to NCAA Regionals, and .341 in Conference USA... Hit .379 in the NCAA Tournament, including .375 (3-for-8) with two RBI and a sacrifice bunt at the College World Series... Led the team and was among the best in the conference in slugging (.549) and total bases (128)... Shared the team lead in doubles (19) and was third in home runs (8) and RBI (54)... Maintained a 17-game hitting streak, the Owls' third-longest streak of the season... Collected two or more hits in a game 27 times, with a season-high three hits four different times... Slugged two doubles in a game five different times, including four against ranked opponents (East Carolina, Long Beach State, Texas and Tulane)... Shared the team lead in multi-RBI games (16)... Drove in a career-best six runs on the strength of a two-homer night against Winthrop, including a grand slam... Blasted a clutch home run with two out in the eighth inning to tie the middle game of the Tulane series... Hit a critical homer in his second-to-last at bat for an eventual 7-6 win in the finale of the UCF series... Helped punch the Owls' ticket to Omaha in the final game of the Super Regional, collecting three hits with a double to drive in four runs... Went 5-for-13 (.385) with a double, triple, hit by pitch, stolen base and three runs scored in the Regional... Solid defensive shortstop who turned or started 44 of the Owls' 63 double plays... Exceptional on defense the second half of the season.
High School -- A 2007 graduate of Klein Collins High School... Named honorable mention Louisville Slugger High School All-American as a senior... Selected as the most valuable player of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association 4A-5A All-Star Game... Helped lead the Tigers to a 36-6 record, the semifinals of the 5A state tournament and a ranking of 14th in the nation by Baseball America... All-District 16-5A selection in basketball... Named to the 2007 5A Baseball All-Academic team... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal -- Full Name: Richard Michael Hague. Born: September 18, 1988 in Spring. Parents: Rick and Monica Hague of Spring (two sisters). College: Lovett.
Year Avg GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB ATT
2008 .348 60 59 233 40 81 19 2 8 54 128 .549 22 5 46 6 .408 5 8 4 7
2009 .319 61 61 254 47 81 17 0 9 57 125 .492 22 6 69 6 .382 3 4 11 16
Totals .333 121 120 487 87 162 36 2 17 111 253 .520 44 11 115 12 .395 8 12 15 23