Owls Are No. 1 Seed; Start Time vs Panthers Set for 12:30 PM
At Rice - 2014: Finished second on the team, and eighth in Conference USA, in both victories (8) and innings pitched (93.2)... Tied for sixth in the league in picking runners off base (5)...Fourth on the staff with 17 appearances (12 starts and five out of the bullpen)... Pitched into the seventh in seven of the 12 starts, with one of the early departures at 6.0 innings vs. Purdue after the Owls had built a comfortable 20-3 lead... Averaged 6.2 innings and held opponents to a .247 batting average as a starter... Struck out 6.3 batters per 9.0 innings and maintained a 2.7-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Posted wins over UAB, Florida International, LA Tech, Purdue, Lamar, Southern Miss, Tulane, and Texas-San Antonio in the championship final of the Conference USA Tournament... Began the year in the weekend rotation, starting the third game of the season-opening series at Stanford... Had four starts as the "Sunday" pitcher in the weekend rotation (in addition to four relief appearances and one midweek start), before being moved a new "Friday night" role for the remainder of the year when the staff was hit by injuries... Thrived as the series-opening pitcher, winning 5-of-7 starts while maintaining a steady 1.76 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP in 51.0 innings... Helped lead the Owls postseason charge with three-straight exceptional outings... Held heavy-hitting FIU to a pair of runs over 7.1 innings as the starter in the opening game of the C-USA Tournament, then returned just four days later to pitch another 4.0 frames in relief in the Championship Final against a UTSA squad that defeated him the regular season... Had a good case to be named to the league's all-tournament team, going 2-0 with a composite 2.38 ERA for 11.1 total innings... Started the Owls' opening game of the NCAA Regional against Atlantic 10 Conference George Mason, where he allowed just one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts over 7.1 innings in a no-decision... Fired a complete game, 9.0 inning shutout in the opener of a key C-USA series against league runner-up UAB, setting the first win of the series on the way to a three-game sweep of the Blazers... The 9-inning outing was not the longest of the season... Struck out five in a C-USA regular season start against eventual NCAA Tournament-bound Old Dominion, where he pitched 9.1 innings for the longest outing by an Owl pitcher in more than a decade... Allowed just two runs on five hits in 9.1 innings against the Monarchs for one of just three losses all year... Struck out a career-high eight batters twice, both against C-USA opposition (at Southern Miss and at home vs. LA Tech)... Made two relief appearances totaling 7.1 innings against eventual College World series Texas and did not allow an earned run... 2013: Pitched in 16 games with five starting assignments as a true freshman... Finished fifth on the staff in starts, fourth in relief appearances (11) and third in games finished (5)... Was sixth in innings (40) and seventh in both wins (3) and strikeouts (18)... Held all opposing hitters to a composite .216 batting average, the third-best mark on the staff for Owls with at least 20 innings... Fired a career-long 7.0 shutout innings while allowing just one hit and two walks at home against Harvard in the second start of his collegiate career... Earned a win pitching 6.0 innings in a road start at future Conference USA foe La Tech... Allowed two runs on seven hits while matching a career-high five strikeouts against the Bulldogs... Fanned five in 4.2 innings of relief work in the finale of the FIU series... Winning pitcher in 2.1 shutout relief innings at Lamar... Made collegiate debut with 1.2 shutout innings against Dallas Baptist (Feb. 19), and was tabbed for first start five days later on the road at Hawaii... Statistics in 11 relief outings were slightly sharper than in starts, including a 3.32 ERA and .156 opponents' batting average.
High School - A 2012 graduate of The Woodlands High School, just north of Houston... Selected in the 22nd round of the major league draft by the San Diego Padres after an outstanding prep career... First team all-state pitcher by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA)... Montgomery County Pitcher of the Year and District 14-5A co-MVP as a senior in 2012... Went 9-1 on the mound with a 1.19 ERA and 93 strikeouts to help lead the Highlanders to the district championship... Two-year letterman and starter for coach Ron Eastman... Had a 3-0 record and 1.97 ERA as a junior, and also contributed as a left-handed hitter... Was selected to the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Junior All-Star Team in 2011... Member of Team Texas in the Junior Sunbelt Classic played in McAlester, Okla.... Joined fellow Owl signees Leon Byrd, Hunter Kopycinski and Beau Rathjen as teammates at the 2011 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
Personal - Full name: Kevin Patrick McCanna... Born: February 1, 1994, in Joliet, Ill.... Parents: Patrick and Carey McCanna of The Woodlands (two brothers)... Father was a baseball letterman at Central Michigan University... College: Will Rice