|11 Danny Lehmann
Tough competitor... Has the ability to lead with bat and glove... Diligent student of the game who calls the pitches.
Wayne Graham said -- "Everyone already knew that Danny is one of the top defensive catchers in college baseball. He showed improvement with the bat in the fall."
2006: All-Silver Glove Series; Conference USA
Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... Appeared in 58 of the team's 70 games with 43 starts... Made 40 starts at catcher and three at first base... Displayed steady hitting to match defensive skills behind the plate... Went 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, home
run and sacrifice bunt to help Rice win the NCAA super regional over Oklahoma and send the Owls to the College World Series... Hit a double and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly at the CWS... Batted .316 against C-USA competition to help claim the league's regular-season championship... Collected 18 hits and scored 12
times in 18 C-USA games... Had two or more hits in a game 11 times, including a season-high three against Oklahoma, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and on the road at Marshall... Blasted a grand slamto spark a road win at Texas A&M... Also drove in a season-high four runs against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Twice hit a pair of
doubles in a game... Drew two walks in a game three times... Did an outstanding job of handling one of the best college pitching staffs in the nation... Usually started behind the plate in the second and third games of a C-USA weekend series, catching Craig Crow 10 times and Joe Savery 9 times... Caught the starts of seven different pitchers, including Bobby Bell (9 times), Eddie Degerman (6), Will McDaniel (4), Bryce Cox (1) and Cole St. Clair (1, at the CWS)... Called Degerman's 14-strikeout performance against Baylor in the NCAA Regional (June 4)... Registered seven defensive assists that afternoon, one of the highest totals for a Rice catcher in school history... With Lehmann behind the
plate, the Owls' starting pitchers were a combined 20-5 with a 3.53 ERA... Threw out 10 would-be base stealers... Starting catcher in the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game (Yarmouth-Dennis) over the summer...
2005: All-Silver Glove Series... Recorded an outstanding debut season of Division I baseball... Played in 56 of the team's 64 games with 49 starts... Made 45 starts at catcher and four as the designated hitter... Solid defensive receiver who tied for second on the team in doubles (17)... Finished fourth in slugging percentage (.489), home runs (7) and sacrifice bunts (3)... Hit .291 against conference opponents and .333 in six postseason starts... Shared the team lead by batting .313 with two doubles and a home run in five games against teams that were ranked first in the nation when the Owls faced them... Clubbed two or more hits in a game 14 times, including a career-best three hits twice in wins over Houston and Hawaii... Tallied two or more RBI in a gameseven times, highlighted by three-RBI afternoons in each of his first two games in a Rice uniform against Central Missouri State and Oklahoma State... Drove in three runs with a double on opening day and three against Oklahoma State at the Minute Maid Park College Classic... Hit safely in 10 consecutive games (Mar. 25 to Apr. 17)... The hitting streak was snapped the game after an injury (he was struck on the top of the head by a bat in a game)... Selected to the all-series team for the games against crosstown-rival Houston after hitting .323 with a .688 slugging percentage... Closed out the year by striking out only one time in his last 26 at bats... Regularly caught the first and third games in a weekend conference
series, catching Josh Geer 16 times and Joe Savery 15 times... Also caught the starts of Bobby Bell (5), Eddie Degerman (4) and Ryne Tacker (3)... With Lehmann starting behind the plate, the Owls' starting pitchers were a combined 23-9 with a 3.06 ERA... Threw out 12 of 46 would-be base stealers.
2004 graduate of The Woodlands High School... Three-year starter for the Highlanders under coach Ron Eastman... High school teammate of current Owl Jordan Dodson... First team all-state and all-Greater Houston honoree as a senior... Three-time all-District 15-5A selection... Awarded Montgomery County defensive MVP as a catcher... Posted a .452 batting average with seven home runs to help lead the Highlanders to a 30-5 record
in 2004... Hit .391 during his prep career... Maintained a 3.78 grade point average... Member of the National Honor Society.
Full Name: Daniel Joseph Lehmann. Born: Sept. 5, 1985, in Denver, Colo. Parents: Will and Melinda Lehmann, The Woodlands (two brothers). Uncle is the star of the reality television show, "Dog The Bounty Hunter." Major: economics/ kinesiology. College: Sid Richardson.