Rice dropped a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State on Saturday
Wayne Graham said -"We didn't get to see Hunter in our fall program, but we still regard him as one of our top two catchers who will play a lot. He gave us a tremendous boost in the playoffs last year. He has a great arm."
At Rice - 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