Owl Ace Selected To Represent Team USA Later This Summer
Rice Sophomore Right-hander Honored By ABCA
Owls Advance Thursday At C-USA Championship
Five Owls Earn All-League Accolades
Owls Play Wednesday At 12:30 PM
2017: Sensational debut season at the Division I level... Led Conference USA, and ranked 27th in the NCAA, with 111 strikeouts... Also led the league, and ranked 31st in the nation, for fewest hits allowed per 9.0 innings (6.28)... Averaged 10.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, the 12th-highest mark in the nation for pitchers who also threw at least 96.0 innings... Led the Rice staff in innings, starts (17), and opponents' batting average (.194)... Held opposing hitters to an austere .156 batting average when runners were on base... Averaged 5.2 innings for 17 starts, with a career-long of 7.2 innings and a career-high 11 strikeouts for a win in the opening game of the Conference USA tournament against Florida Atlantic... Pitched 7.1 innings with seven strikeouts in a C-USA road victory at Western Kentucky... Recorded 7.0 frames in games against No. 11 ranked Stanford, and also on the road at league foe Old Dominion... Allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out ten against Stanford, one of four games where he recorded double-digit strikeouts... Three of the four double-digit strikeout games were in consecutive starts (Pepperdine, Stanford and Old Dominion), becoming the first Owl to accomplish that feat since Jeff Niemann in 2003... Tallied the most innings (16.1) and strikeouts (22) on the staff in the postseason, where he also held opposing hitters to a .200 batting average.
High School - A 2016 graduate of Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas... Two-year starting pitcher for head coach Larry Hughes... Helped lead the Dragons to the second round of the 2016 6A state tournament... Career prep totals included an 18-2 record, 1.37 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 117.2 innings... First Team All-Area and the District 7-6A Pitcher of the Year by the Dallas Morning News as a senior... Earned Honorable Mention All-State from the Texas Sports Writers Association as a junior after helping the team reach the Region I semifinals of the 2015 6A state tournament... National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction... Maintained a 103.9 grade point average on a 100-point scale... Ranked tenth in graduating class of 635... Played summer ball for Texas Stix... Named a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American... First team All Texas Region by Perfect Game, ranked as the No. 16 right-handed pitcher in the state.
Personal - Full name: Matthew James Canterino...Parents: John and Marlene Canterino of Southlake, Texas (one brother)... Serves as a baseball camp counselor... College: Sid Richardson
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