Game One Start Time Set For 2:30 PM; Watch Live On ESPN3
Start Time vs. Panthers Set For 12:30 PM
Chandler Named C-USA Freshman of the Year; Rice Next Plays FIU Wednesday Afternoon
Owls & Longhorns To Play Four Games at Reckling Park
First Pitch Scheduled For 6:30 PM At The Bobcat Ballpark In San Marcos
As the Rice Owls begin their 10th season as members of Conference USA, we take a look back notable firsts.
Wayne Graham said -- "The complete player."
Rice -- 2011: National Semifinalist for both the Howser Trophy (as the nation's top collegiate player) and Golden Spikes Award (as nation's top amateur)... Second Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball Magazine); All-Conference USA (first team DH); One of three Owls to start all 63 games, including 55 as the designated hitter, six at third base and two at second base... Batted third in the lineup 52 times, cleanup 10 times and leadoff once... One of the nation's most respected hitters who led the NCAA with 80 walks, the first Division I player to draw 80 walks in a single season since 1998... Also led the team in hitting (.3271), runs scored (58), slugging percentage (.523), on-base percentage (.520) and steals (13)... Shared the team lead in home runs (6) and doubles (20)... Batted .374 with runners on base, .311 with runners in scoring position and .429 with the bases loaded... Reached base at a .529 clip when leading off an inning... Hit .357 (10-of-28) in the Owls' postseason run with a .571 SLG% and .471 OB%... Batted .375 in four C-USA Tournament games with three doubles and a homer to help Rice claim the championship title... Collected two or more hits in a game 18 times, including a season-high four hits in a C-USA win over Marshall - the same game where he drove in a season-best five RBI... Drove-in two or more runs in a game seven times... Best hitting streak of the year was eight games, but he also had an eight-game streak of drawing at least one walk and at one point had registered a walk in 16-of-17 games... Walked four times in a game three different times... Issued 22 intentional free passes (a total higher than some Division I players had for their entire season)... Was twice intentionally-walked when first base was already occupied... Started four of the first five games of the year at third base and moved to DH for all but two games the rest of the season... Started at second base for the first time his career late in the year at the C-USA Tournament, registering one fielding error in 11 total chances... Appeared as defensive sub at first base three times early in the year and was error-free in six chances.
Rice -- 2010: Howser Trophy Winner as the National Player of the Year (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association); Rawlings Sporting Goods National Player of the Year (American Baseball Coaches Association); National Player of the Year (Baseball America); C-USA Male Athlete of the Year (Fall 2009 & Spring 2010); Honored by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council with "Anthony Rendon Day in Houston" (June 29, 2010); District VII Player of the Year (NCBWA); First Team All-America (many organizations); All-South Region (ABCA); Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Austin Regional; C-USA Player of the Year (only the second player in league history to earn that distinction twice); All-Conference USA (first team); C-USA All-Tournament Team; Three-time C-USA Hitter of the Week; All-Silver Glove Series team (for annual five-game series with crosstown rival Houston); Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Made the United States National Team over the summer, but was sidelined in the very first international game against South Korea and missed the remainder of the tour... Led the Owls and was among the NCAA leaders in home runs (26), RBI (85) and walks (65) in 63 games... Tops on the Owls and among the C-USA's best in batting average (.394), home runs (26), runs (83), slugging percentage (.801), on-base average (.530) and steals (14)... The 26 homers tied for the second-highest single season total in school history (trailing Lance Berkman's 41 in 1997)... Slugging percentage is the fourth-best, single-season mark in school history (and better than Berkman's .747 mark in 1996)... One of only two Owls to start every game (and has started every game in his collegiate career)... Clean-up hitter in 60 of 63 starts... Tallied more home runs (26) than strikeouts (22), and almost had three-times as many walks (65) as strikeouts... The 65 walks tied for the second-highest single season total at Rice, and one better than longtime major league star and Rice great Jose Cruz Jr... Hit a steady .400 in the NCAA Tournament, .402 in C-USA league games and .412 in all home games at Reckling Park... Batted .422 with runners on base, .493 with runners in scoring position... Two of his four, bases-loaded hits were grand slam home runs... Hit .407 when there were two outs already recorded in the inning... Posted 25 multiple-hit games, 20 multiple RBI games and maintained a 14-game hitting streak... Tied a career-high with four hits in a game (three times)... Registered three or more hits in a game 11 times... Recorded four games with two or more home runs, including Rice's first three-home run game since 1995 (which he did in the NCAA Tournament)... Amassed 181 total bases, the seventh-best single season total in school history... Tallied a career-best 13 total bases in the three-homer day in the NCAA Tournament against Rider, one of the highest marks in school history... Had the program's seventh-highest single-season RBI total (85) and best by an Owl since 1998... Drove-in five runs (or more) in a game four times and three-or-more RBI 11 times... Registered eight RBI in a victory over eventual NCAA Tournament team California, the highest total by an Owl since 2002... Twice scored a career-high four runs in a game... Drew four walks in the season-opener at Stanford, a level of respect from opposing pitchers that followed him all season... Intentionally-walked 12 times... Shared the team lead in steals (14) and converted on 14-of-18 stolen base attempts...Logged an eye-opening .978 fielding percentage and made only four errors at third base all season... Totaled 140 defensive assists from the hot corner... Tallied a career-high seven defensive assists at third base in one game (against Southern Miss)... Involved in 16 of the team's 67 defensive double plays.
2009: National Freshman of the Year; All-America; Freshman All-America; District VII Player of the Year (NCBWA); NCAA All-Regional Team; Conference USA Player of the Year; C-USA Freshman of the Year; All-Conference USA (first team); C-USA All-Tournament Team (most valuable player); All-Silver Glove Series (most outstanding player); Stepped into first season of Division I baseball with aplomb... Named a national semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award (as the country's top amateur player) as a true freshman... Led the conference in batting average (.388), slugging percentage (.702) and home runs with a Rice freshman record of 20 round-trippers... Tops on the team and among the league's best in RBI (72)... Knocked 14 doubles and scored 60 runs in 61 games... Drew 31 walks for a .496 on-base average... One of only two Owls to start every game... Batted fourth in the lineup in 57 of 61 starts... Started at third base on opening day and was there for each of the next 534.2 consecutive innings... Played 98.4 percent of the team's 542.2 innings at third base... Left the final game of the NCAA Super Regional in the second inning with an ankle injury, stopping his defensive innings streak as well as a blazing 12-for-19 (.632) hitting pace that included a home run, two doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored... Hit .500 in the Owls' seven-game run through the NCAA Tournament, .392 in C-USA games and a steady .405 in all home games at Reckling Park... Loves the big games in front of big crowds, batting .467 (14-for-30) with 10 RBI in nine games where the attendance was more than 4,500 fans... Batted .404 with runners on base, .478 with runners in scoring position and .571 (4-for-7) with the bases loaded... Hit .450 when there were already two outs already recorded in the inning... Shared the team lead in multiple-hit games (29, with Brock Holt), multiple RBI games (19, with Rick Hague) and longest hitting streak (13-straight games, with Hague and Jimmy Comerota)... Twice collected a career-best four hits in a game... Registered three or more hits in a game 12 times... Recorded two, two-homerun games (against Tulane and eventual College World Series participant Southern Miss)... Tallied nine total bases in the two-homer day against the Green Wave, the most by an Owl in a game all year... Had the program's highest single-season RBI total in seven years and 11th-best mark in school history... Drove-in four runs in a game four times and three-or-more RBI nine times... Scored a career-high three runs in a game three times... Walked more than times (31) than striking out (23)... Intentionally-walked five times... Once drew three walks in a single game... Converted on 9-of-11 stolen base attempts... Finished fifth on the team with nine steals, but was only two steals away from leading the team... Proved to be a sensational fielder at the hot corner... Logged the best fielding percentage at third (.945) since eventual major leaguer Craig Stansberry finished with .949 mark in the National Championship season of 2003... Made more defensive put outs than any Owl third baseman (47), or combination of Owl third basemen, dating back to the College World Series team of 2002... Totaled 159 defensive assists from third, one of the highest marks in school history... Tallied a career-high five assists in game six different times, including a stretch of three consecutive games against Notre Dame, Oral Roberts and San Diego... Involved in 20 of the team's 73 defensive double plays, including 16 that went around-the-horn, two where he snared a line drive and doubled a runner off first, and two where he stepped on third before throwing to another station.
High School -- A 2008 graduate of nearby Lamar High School... First team 5A all-state shortstop as a senior in 2008... All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle... Hit .570 with eight homers, 17 doubles, 56 RBI, 56 runs scored and 13 steals... Starter in the Texas high school all-star game... Earned first team all-state honors as a shortstop in 2007, the same year he led the greater Houston area with 14 home runs... Helped lead the squad to a 29-7 record, the regular season District 20-5A championship and the Region III quarterfinals as a senior... Three-time all-district selection... Shared the District 20-5A most valuable player award with Westside High School's Taylor Wall, a current Rice teammate... Prep teammate of current Owl Daniel Gonzales-Luna... Coached by Mike McGilvray.
Personal -- Full Name: Anthony Michael Rendon. Born: June 6, 1990, in Houston, Texas. Parents: Rene and Bridget Rendon of Houston (one brother). College: Wiess.
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