Owls Put Up Gritty Battle In Rowdy Road Game; Finish 2016 Season With 38-24 Record
Owls Next Face LSU at 4 PM (Central Time) on June 7
Owls Next Face LSU on Monday Night in Game Televised by ESPNU
Start Time Set For 7:04 PM on ESPN3
Owls Next Play on Saturday (May 28) After Day-Off On Friday
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 Stanford 12-1 in the final game of their weekend series.
Rice and NC State battled for 17 innings before the Wolfpack advance to the College World Series
Rice dropped a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State on Saturday
2015: Worked hard to finish with the fifth-highest batting average on the team (.309)... Played in 49 of the team's 59 games with 40 starts... All 40 starts were at catcher... Made seven appearances as a defensive substitute behind the plate and twice appeared as a pinch-hitter before remaining in the game to catch... Junior year followed a similar pattern as first two seasons where biggest contributions were in the second half of the campaign... Hit .361 (30-for-83) in the second half compared to a .242 (16-for-66) start... Also scored 15 of his 19 runs in the second half... Situational splits were steady, finishing with a .314 average when batting with runners in scoring position and a .303 mark when the bases were empty... Hit .362 when there were two outs already recorded in the inning, the second-toughest Owl to get out to retire the side... Finished second on the squad with six SAC bunts (but also had significantly fewer plate appearances/opportunities than team leader Charlie Warren, who had seven SAC bunts)... Maintained a .358 on-base average... Reached base safely in 20-straight games during one stretch, the fourth-longest streak on the team... Finished with 13 multi-hit games, including a season-high three hits in a game vs. conference rivals UTSA and Middle Tennessee... Also doubled and drove-in a season-high three runs in a game against the Blue Raiders... Had more RBI batting as the No. 9 hitter in the Rice lineup than all but one other Owl batting in spots 6, 7, or 8... Solid defensive backstop who threw-out eight would-be base-stealers and picked another runner off base with a snap throw... Rice pitchers enjoyed a composite 2.48 ERA in his 40 starts behind home plate... Most impressive start behind the plate was catching all 20 innings of the Owls' marathon win over crosstown rival Houston in an elimination game of the NCAA Tournament that began at 8 pm and ended at 2 am... 2014: Biggest contributions were in the second half of the season, including three key appearances in postseason action... Hit .400 (6-for-15) in the second half compared to a .185 (5-for-27) start... Came off the bench twice in the Conference USA Tournament where he went 2-for-2 with a run scored and sacrifice bunt... Started at catcher for the first time in more than five weeks in the final game of the season at the NCAA Regional vs. Texas A&M, and delivered a 1-for-3 day with an RBI and two sacrifice bunts... One of four Owls all season to tally two sac bunts in a single game... Batted .600 (3-for-5) in postseason play and finished the year with a four-game hitting streak... Best hitting was in day games, 9-for-28 overall (.321)... Finished fourth on the team in games played coming off the bench (8)... Played in 21 games overall with 13 starts... Registered eight starts behind the plate and five as the designated hitter... Usually batted seventh in the order... Made his highest-ever appearance in the order batting fifth in a road game at Lamar (April 15)... Collected two or more hits in a game twice, vs. Texas A&M and C-USA foe Tulane... Tied a career-high by scoring two runs in a game (vs. Tulane and Purdue)... Charged with an error for catcher's interference in the first inning of his first start of the season on the road at Stanford (Feb. 16), and did not make an official error in 58 fielding chances the rest of the year... Five-of-nine defensive assists were by throwing-out would-be base-stealers... 2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Appeared in 20 games with eight starts, including each of the last three games of the season in the NCAA Tournament... Seven starts were behind the plate... did not play any other defensive position in first Division I season... First career start was March 12 against La Tech as the designated hitter... Fourth on the team in batting average and was the first Owl true freshman to finish at .300 (or better) since 2009 (Gonzales-Luna & Rendon)... Hit .348 when runners were on-base and an eye-opening .462 with runners in scoring position... Was in a 2-for-16 hitting stretch and had started only one game since late March when he was thrust into the starting lineup in the deciding game of the Eugene Regional due to an injury to senior starting catcher Geoff Perrott... Responded with a career-best 4-for-5, four-RBI game with a triple and two runs scored against No. 9 Oregon to lift the Owls to an 11-4 victory... Started the next weekend at No. 7 ranked NC State and went 3-for-4 in the opening game of the Super Regional... Finished with an NCAA Tournament batting average of .467 (7-for-15) and a .600 slugging percentage... Two sensational outings in the NCAA Tourney helped give him a .450 batting average in all games played away from Reckling Park, but he hit the program's only grand slam of the season at home in the March 13 La Tech game when he made his first career start behind the plate... Cleared the bases with an inside-the-park home run that bounced off the centerfield wall, the Owls' first grand slam since April of 2012... "Night Owl" who batted .409 in evening games... Proved to be a polished receiver who continued to improve on defense with experience... Charged with only one passed ball all year... Caught all 17 innings of the final game at the NCAA Super Regional... Rice went 5-2, while Owl pitchers maintained a 3.52 ERA with a .245 opponents' batting average, in his seven starts behind the plate.
High School - A 2012 graduate of nearby Saint Thomas High School... All-state selection in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) in each of the last two seasons... Batted .324 with 23 hits and 22 RBI for the 21-10 Eagles as a senior... Helped lead the squad to back-to-back TAPPS state championships in 2010 and 2011... Batted .447 with seven home runs, 52 RBI and an .835 slugging percentage as a junior in 2011... Four-year starter and letterman under head coach and former Houston Astros star Craig Biggio... Joined fellow Owl signees Leon Byrd, Kevin McCanna and Beau Rathjen as teammates at the 2011 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
Personal - Full name: Hunter Davis Kopycinski... Born: November 12, 1993, in Houston... Parents: Joey and Donna Kopycinski of Houston (one brother, one sister)... Brother, Jordan, was a baseball letterman at Texas State and Navarro College... College: Hanszen
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