Displayed excellent command of three pitches in the fall... Makes the most of learning opportunities on and off the field.
Wayne Graham said -- "Kurt had a good summer and has made progress over last year. He probably will have a definite role in the spring as a reliever."
Rice -- 2005: Worked his way into five pitching appearances as a true freshman: four conference games and against eighth-ranked LSU... Fired 1.1 innings of hitless relief against the Tigers at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La... Pitched twice against the same two opponents, Nevada and Louisiana Tech, in his other outings... Struck out two in a shutout inning at Louisiana Tech... Held the Wolf Pack scoreless for an inning with a strikeout in his Division I debut (Mar. 25).
High School -- 2004 graduate of Coronado High School in Lubbock... Four-year letterman under coach Jimmy Webster... Selected all-city, all-district, all-4A/5A South Plains and as team's most valuable player... Earned all-state honors for baseball and academics... Posted a .454 batting average and a 10-2 pitching record with 1.66 ERA... Fanned 77 hitters as a senior... Helped lead the Mustangs to the District 2-5A championship... Also a four-year starter for the Mustang tennis team, helping the squad to a 29-1 record on the way to the 5A state title... Posted a singles record of 28-2 and a doubles mark of 29-2... Earned all-district and academic all-state honors for tennis... Maintained a 4.62 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Personal -- Full Name: Kurt Hunter Pessa. Born: Nov. 2, 1985. Parents: Mark and Jennifer Pessa, Lubbock (one sister). Father played tennis at Trinity University in San Antonio. Mother played tennis at Texas Tech. Major: computational and applied mathematics. College: Sid Richardson.
Pessa's Rice Statistics
Year ERA W L App GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
2005 6.75 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5.1 9 4 4 1 4 1 0 2 26 .375 1 0 0 1