Owls & Longhorns To Play Four Games at Reckling Park
7:30 PM Start Time on July 3
C-USA Champion Owls Finish With 42-20 Record, 20-Straight NCAA Tournament Bids
Rice Next Meets Texas A&M at 3 PM Sunday in Elimination Showdown
Rice and NC State battled for 17 innings before the Wolfpack advance to the College World Series
Rice faced North Carolina on March 1 at Minute Maid Park
Stanford edged Rice 3-2 on February 16, 2013
Images from his career as an Owl
Rice downed FIU 5-4 in 12 innings on Saturday, February 18
At Rice -- Steady collegiate hitter who batted .316 as a senior, and .313 for his four-year 174-game Rice career... Also reached base at a .313 pace when leading off an inning during senior year... 2014: Conference USA Tournament Most Valuable Player; All-Conference USA (first team honoree); Named a National Hitter of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on May 12; Started 61 of the team's 62 games, all in left field... Finished third in the conference in RBI (46) and total bases (119), and tied for third in the league in doubles (17)... Was fourth among the C-USA leaders in slugging percentage (.488), at bats (244) and hits (77)... Tied for fifth in the league in both home runs (7) and sacrifice flies (6)... Usually batted fourth or fifth in the lineup (a total of 21 times where the team was 14-7)... Batted .328 with runners on base and .373 with men in scoring position... Collected two or more hits in a game 22 times, including a career-high tying four hits twice (vs. Texas-San Antonio and Florida International)... Maintained a season-best seven-game hitting streak in late May, and reached base in 12-straight games during one stretch... Followed-up a May 10 game where he hit two doubles vs. UTSA with another two-double day plus a grand slam against the Roadrunners on May 11... Tied a career-high with five RBI that day vs. UTSA, and set a new career-best of nine total bases in the contest - the most by any Owl in a single game all year... Drove-in two or more runs in a game ten times... Explosive hitting often overshadowed range and a solid arm in the outfield where he tied for 17th among the NCAA leaders with seven defensive assists (throwing-out runners attempting to advance on the bases)... Threw-out four runners at home plate, and two who were trying to stretch a single into a double... Final defensive assist was doubling-off a runner second base after making a catch of a tricky, low line drive... 2013: All-Conference USA (second team, DH/Util.); Won the national edition of College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., over the summer... Out-slugged seven of the top collegiate home run hitters from around the nation to claim the event title in an event televised nationally by ESPN on July 4... Played in 63 of the team's 64 games with a career-high 60 starts... Led the team RBI (43), slugging (.508) and total bases (126), and shared the team lead in home runs (9) and triples (4)... Finished second on the squad in batting average (.315), hits (78) and doubles (13), and was third in runs scored (45)... Made 55 starts as the designated hitter and five in left field... Started just three of the team's first seven games before locking-in a spot in the batting order for the final 57 games... One of seven Owls to serve as the starting DH before he took over the role on a full-time basis on March 12... Batted clean-up 30 times, the most of any Owl, and hit as high as third in the lineup five times... Season debut was in left field on the second day of the season against national power Stanford, where he made it a memorable one by becoming the first Owl in three years to blast two home runs in a game... Knocked a home run in the Owls' final game of the season in the Super Regional at NC State, part of a career-high tying four-hit day against the No. 7 ranked Wolf Pack... First four-hit day was the May 8 road game against future C-USA foe Louisiana Tech that featured two doubles, a career-high five RBI and raised his batting average to .352... Collected two or more hits in a game a team-high 24 times... Longest hitting streak was eight-consecutive games in late March/early April... Reached base in 21-straight games during one stretch, the second-longest streak on the team... Drove-in two or more runs in a game a team-high 12 times... Maintained a .331 batting average and hit five of the nine home runs away from Reckling Park (four of the five road-home runs were in games played outside the state of Texas)... Slugger who unselfishly had six sacrifice bunts, including two in the opening game of the NCAA Regional against San Francisco... Drew 18 walks and tied a career-high with two free passes at Houston... Reached base at a .468 pace (29-for-62) when leading off an inning... Error-free in six defensive chances in the outfield... 2012: Played in 23 games and worked his way into 16 starts, all as the designated hitter (usually against left-handed pitchers)... Served as a substitute DH two times, a pinch-hitter three times, and twice as a defensive replacement in the outfield... Batted .324, the third-highest average on the team, and reached as high as .345 in the final weekend of the regular season... Hit .385 (5-for-13) with a .538 slugging percentage against Conference USA foes... Collected a career-best two hits in a game four times, including UCF, Tulane, Dallas Baptist and in the opener of the NCAA Regional against Prairie View... Maintained a .421 average (8-for-19) against talented teams that played in the NCAA Tournament... Real "night Owl" who batted a team-leading .450 in night games... Enjoyed a .438 batting average when playing at home at Reckling Park... Batted as high as sixth in the lineup... Able to get on-base when leading off an inning 5-of-7 times (.714)... Played for The Woodlands Strykers of the Texas Collegiate League over the summer, where he led the TCL in batting average (.327) and home runs (10)... Shared the TCL lead with 36 RBI, giving him the top spot in league's triple crown categories... 2011: Appeared in 26 games in first season at the Division I level, including 13 starts... All 13 starts were in left field, and 10 were when the opponent started a left-handed pitcher... Made seven appearances as a pinch-hitter and remained in the game to play the outfield four times... Served as a pinch-runner four times and twice entered the game as a defensive substitution in left field... Batted .279 for the full season, but maintained a .290 average (9-of-31) when starting... Finished second on the team in pinch-hits (2) and PH appearances (7)... Made collegiate debut on opening day as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning against Stanford and scored a run as Rice attempted to rally... First career start was in front of more than 5,000 fans against SEC foe Kentucky in a game played downtown at Minute Maid Park, where he went 1-for-4 with a run scored... Started again at Minute Maid Park two days later against Baylor and went 1-for-2 with an RBI single... Faced Baylor in the NCAA Tournament as a pinch hitter and delivered a one-out single in the ninth inning... Hit safely in each of the first four games where he recorded an at bat, and was hitting .333 (6-of-18) by the time C-USA league games began in March... Recorded hits twice, in games against conference foes Houston and Memphis... Drew a career-high two walks in a road game at Sam Houston State... Proved to be a steady defensive outfielder with good range... Tallied a career-high five put outs in a C-USA start at East Carolina, the same game where he successfully stole second base... Played in the West Coast Collegiate League (Bellingham) over the summer.
High School -- A 2010 graduate of College Park High School in The Woodlands, Tex... All-state outfielder as a senior (second team selection by the Texas Sports Writers, third team honoree by the Texas HS Coaches Assoc.)... First team 2010 all-Greater Houston according to the Houston Chronicle... First team Houston-5A by Houston5ABaseball.com... Two-time first team all-District 14-5A... Helped lead the Cavaliers to a 22-10 record and district title as a senior... Batted .395 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI and an .884 slugging percentage... Coached by Jason Washburn, the 2010 District 14-5A co-coach of the year... Squad reached the Region II finals of the state tournament as a junior in 2009... Member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
Personal -- Full name: Michael Vincent Aquino... Born: January 15, 1992 in Houston... Parents: Vincent and Yvette Aquino of The Woodlands (three brothers, one sister)... Was also recruited by Texas A&M and Florida State... Enjoys playing music. College: Duncan.
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