Owls Next Face LSU In Late Sunday Night Contest
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Owls Rally Past No. 11 Southern Miss 5-4 In Championship Final, Punch Ticket To NCAA Tournament
Rice Makes C-USA Tournament's Championship Final With 13-2 Victory Over FAU
2016: Contributed with a wide range of versatility in first Division I season... Played in a total of 24 games as a true freshman and led the team with 21 games as a substitute... Often asked to change roles within a game, such as going from pitcher to third base (which he did three different times)... Taking into account the various in-game switches his final appearance breakdowns were: infielder (ten times), pitcher (seven times), designated hitter (five times), outfielder (three times) and pinch-runner (five times) -- which adds-up to more than 24 games played... Worked his way into three starts as a rookie, including twice as the designated hitter and once at second base... Started at second base at longtime foe Sam Houston State and went 1-for-4 with an RBI, as well as make a career-high six defensive put outs... Came off the bench to drive in runs in wins against Texas State and UCF... Pinch-ran against No. 16 ranked East Carolina, then remained in the game to collect a base hit in his only at bat... Scored runs against East Carolina and Old Dominion as a pinch-runner... Very first Rice appearance was as a relief pitcher on opening day against an Arizona squad that went on reach the championship final of the College World Series... Fired 1.1 scoreless innings against Arizona without allowing any hits and striking out one... Earned first career win on the mound in a career-long 1.2 innings against crosstown rival Houston, a game where he also played third base... All but one-third of his 6.0 innings were against non-conference teams... Started at third base in the November exhibition against Cuban League team Artemisa, and threw out both of the first two batters of the game in the bottom of the first inning -- setting the tone for a solid defensive outing by the entire team in a 4-0 shutout victory... Went on to record another defensive assist at third to get the final out in the bottom of the eighth inning... Played in the California Collegiate League (Neptune Beach) over the summer.
High School -- A 2015 graduate of Klein High School in Klein, Texas... Three-year varsity baseball starter for head coach Barry Smith... Earned back-to-back all-District 15-6A honors as a pitcher in 2014-2015, posting a combined eight wins, five saves, a 1.16 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 85.0 innings... Helped lead the team to an 18-10 record in 2015... The Bearkats won district crowns in senior and sophomore seasons, where he hit .326 as the starting left fielder... Versatile student-athlete who also lettered three years in football and was a second-team all-district selection at safety... Maintained a 4.4 grade point average.
Personal -- Full name: Kendal Baylor Jefferies... Born: August 9, 1996, in Houston... Parents: David and Diane Jefferies of Spring, Texas (two brothers). Older brother, Reese, played one year at San Jacinto College. College: Baker