Crafty pitcher who mixes all his pitches well... Caught the coaches' attention in the fall and could work his way into a starting role.
Wayne Graham said -- "Chris showed great talent at times last spring. He looked good in the fall, and we hope to get consistent performances out of him this spring. He' has a chance to be a weekend starter."
2007: Was selected in the 34th round of the 2007 major league draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks... Came on strong in the second half of the season working as the starter in the midweek games against a host of nationally-ranked opponents... Started more games (11) and pitched more innings (53.1) against quality teams that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament than any other Owl on the staff ... Went 3-3 in 14 starts and maintained the ninth-best ERA (3.43) in the conference... Finished fourth on the team in starts and innings (76.0)... Averaged 5.0 innings per start... Pitched at least 6.0 innings in seven starts... Allowed an average of 9.4 hits and 3.3 walks with 6.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Came out of the bullpen in his first and last outings of the year, against Central Missouri State on opening Day and the team's second-to-last game at the College World Series vs. North Carolina... Worked 4.2 innings in relief against the Tar Heels, but earned a no decision... One of his best outinngs of the year was a win against fourth-ranked Texas where he held the Longhorns to two runs on four hits and a walk for 6.0 innings while striking out seven... Held NCAA Tournament-bound Baylor to no runs on four hits for 6.0 innings while striking out seven... Pitched extremely well in the semifinal game of the C-USA Tournament, holding a heavy-hitting NCAA Regional-bound Memphis team to just two runs, four hits and a walk while striking out a career-best eight in 7.0 innings... Suffered a hard-luck 2-1 loss in that Memphis game when the Owls' offense was not hitting (only to watch his teammates return later that same day and score 20 runs against the same Tiger team in an elimination game that he didn't pitch)... The outing at the C-USA Tournament was his first and only time to face a league opponent... His only two other losses were to nationally-ranked teams Texas and Cal State Fullerton, both on the road... Defeated Lamar on the road for first Division I victory.
Played for for San Jacinto College under head coach Tom Arrington... Two-year starter and letterman... Helped the Gators to the conference and regional championship in 2005... Led the team to a third place finish at the World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2006... Named all-conference in 2005 and 2006... Named all-region in 2006... Posted 16-4 record with a 2.37 ERA in his career... Made Dean's List with a 3.25 grade point average... Teammate of current Owls Jared Gayhart, Lucas Luetge, J. P. Padron, Jordan Rogers and Jonathan Runnels.
2004 graduate of Kempner High School in Sugar Land... Four-year starter and letterman for the Cougars under coach J. D. Sellers... Helped lead team to state quarterfinals... Made first team all-district as a sophomore and first team utility as a senior... Posted senior stats of 7-2 with a 2.5 ERA and .336 batting average... Member of the National Honor Society, Journalism Honor Society and the English Honor Society... Maintained a 4.5 grade point average... Recognized for Academic Excellence.
Full Name: Christopher Ian Kelley. Born: Aug. 8, 1985, in Tulsa, Okla. Parents: Cliff and Julianne Kelley, Sugar Land (one brother). Major: sports management/managerial studies. College: Lovett.
Kelley's Rice Statistics
Year ERA W L App GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
2007 3.43 3 3 16 14 0 0 2 0 76.0 79 38 29 28 58 13 0 6 338 .271 6 10 1 7 0