Rice downed FIU 5-4 in 12 innings on Saturday, February 18
Wayne Graham said --"He showed a tremendous turnaround in his command in the fall. His velocity is solid and curveball is as good as any in college baseball."
Rice -- Was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round major league draft... Led Conference USA in opponents' batting average (.214) and shared the league lead in games started (16) in first full season as a starting pitcher... Finished second in the conference (behind teammate Austin Kubitza) in strikeouts (96)... Tied for fourth in C-USA for fewest runs allowed (33, minimum 1.0 inning per team game)... Second on the team in innings (78.1) and tied for fourth on the team in wins (4)... Maintained a 3.10 ERA for the full season... Had a 1.69 ERA in seven starts against elite teams that went on to play in an NCAA Regional... Opponents' batting average (.214) was the second-lowest by a Rice starter in the last four years... Averaged 11.03 strikeouts per nine innings of work, the second highest mark on the staff... Struck out a career-high nine batters twice (vs. Tulane and Florida International)... Maintained a 2-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Fired 16.0 consecutive scoreless innings during one stretch of the season... Pitched at least 6.0 innings in a start six different times... Worked a career-long 7.0 shutout innings against Louisiana Tech, allowing just one base hit and a walk while striking out eight before leaving with a comfortable 11-0 lead... Offensive support like that from his teammates was elusive, in fact the Owls hit a full 14 points lower in his 16 starts than in the 47 other starts where another Rice pitcher was on the mound (.277 to .291)... With regards to defensive support, his teammates in the bullpen accounted for 11 decisions in his 16 starts (handing away five losses and rallying for six wins) after he had already left the game... Finished third on the team in ground-ball outs (69), but Rice infielders managed to turn only one double play with him on the mound (Rice outfielders twice turned double plays by throwing-out runners after a catch)... 2010: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Pitched in 10 games with one starting assignment... Averaged 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings, the third-highest mark on the staff... Threw a season-long 3.2 innings and recorded a season-high five strikeouts on opening day on the road against nationally-ranked Stanford... Helped keep the Cardinal in check with no runs in his first three innings (and could have used some support from his teammates who followed him in relief)... Allowed just two singles in 3.0 scoreless frames for a save in his very next outing against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Notched first win of the season a week later in relief with 1.1 hitless innings against Texas Tech at the Houston College Classic held downtown at Minute Maid Park... Faced three consecutive opponents that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament, including California, Texas and Lamar, before earning a start against Dallas Baptist... Pitched scoreless relief innings against Texas State and East Carolina in the Conference USA Tournament before logging an inning against MAAC Champion Rider in the NCAA Tournament... Held opponents to a composite .179 batting average in five games pitching away from Reckling Park... Maintained a 1.50 ERA and held opponents to a 1.50 batting average when pitching in day games... 2009: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Appeared in 20 games on the mound, the fourth-highest total on the staff and the most by any Owl freshman... Pitched 37.0 innings, the second-highest freshman total... Worked his way into three important starting assignments, including his first-ever Division I start in front of more than 6,000 fans at Reckling Park to see the Owls face No. 1 ranked Texas... Came up big in that start against the Longhorns, surrendering just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out a career-high four in 4.0 innings... Went on to earn starts in against Conference USA foes Memphis and Tulane in back-to-back weekends... Pitched a career-long 5.1 innings on the way to first career win over Memphis...Allowed just one earned run on one hit in 3.1 frames against Tulane... Maintained a composite 3.55 ERA, held opposing batters to a .171 average, and the team went on to win the game in his three starts... Dependable option out of the bullpen... Threw four innings without allowing any earned runs to earn the win in relief in the championship final of the NCAA Regional against Kansas State... Fired three scoreless innings without allowing any hits for first career save in a road game against a Southern Miss squad that went on to play in the College World Series... Came out of the pen in the bottom of the ninth inning with the tying run on second base in a one-run game played at crosstown rival Houston, and proceeded to earn second save with a quick ground-out and strikeout... Fanned 34 hitters in 37.0 innings, an average of 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings for the third-best mark on the staff... Feels right at home when pitching at Reckling Park where he held all opponents to a composite .207 batting average in 26.2 total innings.
High School -- A 2008 graduate of The Kinkaid School in suburban west Houston... Three-time all-Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) honorable mention... Helped lead the Falcons to a second place conference finish as a senior and to the league title as a sophomore in 2006... Three-year letterwinner under head coach Bobby Eggleston, a four-year Rice letterman from 1982-85 (Will Rice).
Personal -- Full Name: Matthew William Reckling. Born: March 24, 1989 in Houston. Parents: Stephen and Galen Reckling of Houston (four brothers). Grandfather, T.R. Reckling, played baseball for Rice in 1952-54. College: Hanszen.