The Owls finished 2-1 in the 2012 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park
Wayne Graham said --"Zech was our MVP last year and he's back with the same 90-95 fastball, good change-up and good curveball. He deserves the preseason awards he's received and there is every reason to expect he'll be picked high in the upcoming draft."
At Rice -- 2013: All-America (third team, by both Baseball America magazine and the American Baseball Coaches Association); All-Conference USA (first team, relief pitcher); Dell Morgan Award (as the Rice baseball program's most valuable player)... Finished as the C-USA co-leader, and tied for 14th among the NCAA statistical rankings, with 14 saves... Established the new Rice single-season saves record and eclipsing the Owls' previous mark of 13 that was shared by eventual major leaguers David Aardsma and Tony Cingrani... Posted a 7-2 record, 2.02 ERA and 1.018 WHIP... Ranked 52nd in the NCAA for WHIP and 47th in ERA... Struck out 71 in 75.2 innings and held opponents to a composite .207 batting average... Averaged 8.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and maintained a 3.4-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Allowed just 6.66 hits per 9.0 innings to rank 48th among the Division I leaders... Recorded two saves against Stanford, Southern Miss, Tulane and UAB (who all saw him at least twice in a weekend series)... Remaining saves were logged against Hawaii, Memphis, Harvard, Marshall, Texas State and Houston... Led the staff with 31 relief appearances and 69.0 relief innings (the next closest Owl to those numbers out of the bullpen was Blake Fox with 28.2 in 18 games)... Often brought in before the ninth inning, having to earn ten of the 14 saves with more than 1.0 inning of work... Averaged 2.1 innings per relief outing... Pitched at least 3.0 innings in relief seven times, including the Opening Day of the season against nationally-ranked Stanford for first save... Registered a career-long 6.2 frames in the 11-inning championship final of the C-USA Tournament, notching his fifth win of the season after allowing just one run which was unearned... Fired 4.0 innings of no-hit relief a week later in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament to earn sixth win... Answered the call to start for the first time all season, and just the third time in his collegiate career, three days later at No. 6 ranked Oregon in the Regional finale and responded with a career-high tying 6.2 innings... Struck out seven Ducks and walked only one for seventh win as Rice advanced to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2009... Pitched a total of 4.2 innings in two Super Regional appearances... Went 3-1 with a save and had a 3.52 ERA in 23.0 innings from six appearances in the Owls' 10-game postseason run... Conference-only ERA in 30.0 innings from 15 league games was an austere 0.60, and he held all C-USA opponents to a composite .179 batting average... Opponents batted .163 and ERA was 0.76 when pitching at home at Reckling Park... "Night Owl" who went 3-0 with seven saves and a 1.88 ERA in night games... Yes, it's true: appeared in one game as a pinch runner in the second game of the season against nationally-ranked Stanford (but did not get a chance to showcase his speed on the base paths when the Owls were retired just two batters later)... 2012: Recorded a sound and solid debut season of Division I baseball... Went 1-0 with a save while maintaining a 2.52 ERA and holding opponents to a .216 batting average in 35.2 innings of work... Averaged 8.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and built a steady 2.1-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Made 15 appearances and tallied the second-most innings on the staff by an Owl freshman... Began as a reliever and allowed just one run on three hits in his first 8.0 collegiate innings, highlighted by 3.0 hitless frames against the University of Texas downtown at Minute Maid Park... The outings impressed coaches enough to earn his way into two consecutive starting assignments... Made first collegiate start on March 14 against an Arizona team that was ranked No. 9 in the nation and went on to win the National Championship... Fired a career-long 5.0 innings against the Wildcats, allowing just two runs on four hits in a no-decision... Returned the following week to start against Lamar and struck out a career-high five batters in 2.2 innings... Moved back to the bullpen where he thrived in middle relief for the remainder of the season... Made nine relief appearances after the March 21 start, maintaining a 1.80 ERA and striking out 18 in 20.0 innings... Pitched 4.0 shutout innings for first career save against Conference USA foe UAB... Threw 4.0 innings against crosstown foe Houston in the regular season, then pitched another 4.2 relief frames against the Cougars in the opening game of the C-USA Tournament... Played locally for the Houston Wildcats over the summer.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Waltrip High School in Houston... Selected in the 50th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates... Two-time second team All-Greater Houston selection by Houston5ABaseball.com... Named the Most Valuable Player in District 21-4A as a senior in 2011... Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) 4A All-Star (North team)... Four-time first team all-District 21-4A honoree under head coach Jim Teel... District's Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2008... Helped the Rams claim back-to-back district championships and state playoff appearances in 2011 and 2010 with undefeated league records... Went 4-2 overall with a save in eight mound appearances in 2011... Maintained a 0.95 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 37 innings as a senior... Also hit .359 with 27 RBI in 25 games played... Led the staff in innings (30) and strikeouts (25) as a junior, while hitting at a .320 pace with a .507 slugging percentage... Versatile athlete all played football for the Rams under head coach Anthony Zuccarini... Solid student who maintained a 3.75 grade point average... Member of the National Honor Society... Played locally for the Northwest Wildcats of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) over the summer and helped the squad reach the finals of Stan Musial World Series.
Personal -- Name: Zechariah David Lemond, but prefers the nickname "Zech" (pronounced Zack)... Born: October 9, 1992, in Houston... Parents: Marvin and Rachel Lemond of Houston (four brothers, one sister)... Chose to attend Rice because of its academic and athletic excellence... College: Jones