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Owls Officially Clinch Spot In NCAA Tournament; Michael Aquino Named Tourney MVP
Rice -- 2014: Named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team; Valuable, versatile, veteran who played in 45 of the Owls' 62 games either as a pitcher (16 times), designated hitter (36 times), or outfielder (once)... Showcased his "National League-style" by pitching and hitting in the same game a total ten times... Tied for second on the staff in starts (12) and was the starting pitcher for Rice's 2014 home-opener (Feb. 18) where head coach Wayne Graham won his 1,000th career game at the helm of the program... Also started the Owls' final game of the year against nationally-ranked Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament, where he worked 6.1 innings... Pitched at least 6.0 innings in seven of the 12 starts, including a season-long 7.0 frames against C-USA foe Florida Atlantic... Was third on the staff innings (71.1), posting a 4-5 record with a .391 ERA... Averaged 5.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and maintained a 2-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Finished collegiate career with a winning 10-8 record and 4.26 ERA in 167.0 innings, but pitching was only part of the story... Hit .288 as a fifth-year senior in 2014, including a .316 clip when runners were in scoring position... Perfect 4-for-4 when batting with the bases-loaded... Reached base at a .480 pace when leading-off an inning... Usual spot in the batting order was fifth (17 times), but also hit cleanup six times... Knocked a pair of home runs with a triple and seven doubles for a .415 slugging percentage... Slugged one of the home runs at a minor league stadium, Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas... Maintained a six-game hitting streak and reached base in 11-consecutive games during one stretch... Recorded two or more hits in a game 12 times, including a career-high tying three hits in a road win at Florida International where he also drove in a career-high five RBI... Drove-in two or more runs in a game six different times... 2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; One of three Owls with the versatile role of serving as both a hitter and a pitcher... Finished fourth on the pitching staff in starts (6), fifth in innings (53.0) and sixth in appearances (17)... Held all opposing hitters to a composite .246 batting average... Had almost twice as many relief outings (11) as starts, but compiled more innings as a starter (30.2) than out of the bullpen (22.1)... Averaged more than 5.0 innings for each of the six starts... Caught the coaches' attention after 6.1 innings of shutout relief in the third game of the Hawaii series (Feb. 24) where he held the Rainbows to just a pair of singles on the road... That outing earned him his first start of the season a week later against California, where he was sensational in pitching a five-hit complete game shutout... Blanked the Golden Bears on just 91 pitches without allowing any walks and striking out two... Started and worked into the seventh against future Conference USA opponent UTSA, and pitched into the sixth against longtime opponents Texas State and Sam Houston State... Four pitching wins were recorded over Texas State, UTSA, California and Hawaii... Posted a season-high four strikeouts on the road at Sam Houston State... Shored-up the bullpen in the second half of the season with seven relief appearances... Posted slightly sharper statistics coming out of the pen, including a 2.42 ERA and .202 batting average in 22.1 relief innings... Did not play any other defensive position... Only Owl to pitch and hit in the same game, the second game of the season vs. national power Stanford... Made one start as the designated hitter, vs. Baylor in the finale of the Houston College Classic downtown at Minute Maid Park where he singled and drew a walk... Had one appearance as a pinch hitter in the home game against Sam Houston State... 2012: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Was selected in the 30th round of the Major League draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates... Recovered from a 2011 injury to be one of only two Owls to see action as both a hitter and a pitcher... Played in a total of 26 games with ten starts (six as the designated hitter, two in left field and two on the mound)... Batted second in the lineup in four of the ten starts... Hit a three-run homer as the DH against New Mexico State in first start of the season... Started on the mound the next day against NMSU and pitched a predetermined 1.0 inning in his first pitching appearance in 11 months... Threw a season-high 3.0 frames in a start against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and struck out a season-best four batters in a no-decision... Collected a pair of base hits with a double in the victory over Tennessee downtown at Minute Maid Park... Pitched and served as the DH in the same game in a win over Texas-San Antonio... Sat out three weeks during one stretch before getting a start in left field in the series finale against C-USA foe Marshall, where he responded with three base hits with a double and run-scored... The three-hit day against the Thundering Herd helped him finish with a .429 batting average against C-USA teams... Did his best hitting away from Reckling Park (.375, 6-for-16)... Finished with a total of 10.0 innings pitched... Maintained a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 9-to-1... Did not allow any runs on just two hits in his final 5.0 frames... Played for Brewster in the Cape Cod League over the summer, where he was a teammate of Evan Rutter... 2011: Appeared in a total of 13 games, and was on the way to a dynamic season as a multi-role player, before suffering a season-ending injury in mid-March... Saw starting action as both a pitcher (four games) and outfielder (four games), with five bench or bullpen appearances... Fired a sensational, complete-game four-hitter against UC-Santa Barbara at AT&T Park in San Francisco (Mar. 13)... Held UCSB to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four in his second win of the season... Complete game was one of only three by the Owls all year... Started six days later at home against Louisiana Tech and had a perfect game for 4.0 innings, but left the mound after 4.1 in what proved to be his last Rice appearance of the season (Mar. 19)... Notched first career win on the road in a start at nationally-ranked Arizona, allowing three earned runs in 5.2 frames against the Wildcats... Finished with a 5.14 ERA in seven total games, but ERA in four starts was a steady 3.57... Averaged 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings... Maintained a 3.8-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Struck out a career-high five in first career start against eventual NCAA Regional participant Texas State... Also pitched against regional-bound teams Baylor and Stanford (on Opening Day)... Almost half of his total innings (13.1) were against the talented teams that went on to play in the postseason... Pitching was only half the story, finishing with a .313 batting average (5-for-16) that was the third-best mark on the team... Slugging percentage (.500) was second-best on the team... Blasted a pinch-hit three-run homer in his first at bat of the season against Lamar... Tied a career-high with a pair of base hits against NCAA Super Regional-bound Dallas Baptist... Batted as high as third in the order, where he singled-in a run and scored against Louisiana Tech on the day-before he was scheduled to pitch against the Bulldogs... Made two starts in centerfield and two in left... 2010: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Played in a total of 22 games... One of four Owls who saw action as both a hitter/position player (18 games) and pitcher (four games)... All 11 starts were as the designated hitter, third-most on the team in that role... Nine of his 10 hits were recorded as the starting DH (9-for-38)... Eight of the hits were in home games at Reckling Park... Batted fifth in the order five times and as high as third in the lineup three times... Helped keep the offense going when the Owls were threatening, batting 9-for-25 (.360) with men on base and 7-for-19 (.368) with runners in scoring position... Tied for third on the team with Anthony Rendon for hits with the bases-loaded (four hits in just five at bats)... Longest hitting streak was five games... Collected a career-best two hits in a game twice, in games against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and eventual NCAA Tournament participant Lamar... Knocked a double against TAMUCC and a triple on the road at Texas State that drove-in three runs... Also drove-in a career-high three runs in the home-opener against Lamar... Finished fifth on the team in games played as a sub off the bench (7)... Delivered a pinch hit RBI single in the series-opening victory over East Carolina... Played in the outfield three times (no defensive chances)... Made his Division I debut as a pitcher, throwing an inning of relief in the opening series of the season against nationally-ranked Stanford... Finished with a 3.86 ERA in 4.2 innings over four appearances... Pitched a career-long 2.0 innings against NCAA Tournament-bound Texas A&M, allowing no runs on just one hit while striking out two... Threw an inning vs. Texas State and two-thirds of a frame in a Conference USA league game against Southern Miss... Averaged 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings of work.
High School - A 2009 graduate of A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas... Versatile three-year baseball letterman under head coach Chase Mann... Helped lead the Tigers to two District 12-5A titles, including a 25-8 record as a senior and a 20-12 mark as a junior in 2007... Named the district's most valuable player in 2009... First team all-state (outfielder) and all-Brazos Valley (pitcher)... Hit .438 with 36 RBI and seven home runs as a senior... Maintained an .886 slugging percentage and .584 on-base average... Went 7-1-1 on the mound with a 1.27 ERA... Held opposing hitters to a .149 batting average and struck out 60... Pitched in the 2008 Area Code games in California and was a Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association all-star... Batted .375 with a .563 slugging percentage as a junior...Twice named to the Brazos Valley All-Academic Team.
Personal - Full name: Chase Harrison McDowell... Born: December 14, 1990, in College Station... Parents: Jeff and Susan McDowell of College Station (one sister)... Two great grandfathers, Ross Mantala and Louis Dittman, were lettermen at Texas A&M in football and and baseball, respectively... College: McMurtry
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