Three Owls Drafted For Second-Straight Season
Cruz' Late Homer Helps Lift Rice Past FAU Friday, 5-4
Owls Play Wednesday At 12:30 PM
Friday First Pitch Set For 6:30 PM
Friday First Pitch Set For 6:30 PM
Rice and Stanford split a doubleheader on March 12, Rice winning 12-2 and Stanford, 2-0 in seven innings.
2017: Preseason Conference-USA selection who was ready to serve as one of the veterans on young Rice pitching staff, but was sidelined early in his fourth start of the year and missed the remainder of the season... Rice starting pitcher on the second day of the season on the road at nationally-ranked Texas, where he struck out five in 5.1 innings... Threw a season-long 5.2 frames the following week in second start against NCAA Regional participant Southeastern Louisiana, posting a season-high seven strikeouts... Made remaining starts against west coast powers Pepperdine and Stanford... Finished the year with 15 strikeouts in 17.2 innings... Worked hard to rejoin his teammates for his senior season.
2016: All-Conference USA (second team); C-USA Pitcher of the Week (March 14); Recorded one of the most-improved seasons of any player on the team, posting a 9-2 overall record with a 3.39 ERA... Worked his way into the starting rotation and then grew into the role, particularly the critical C-USA portion of the regular season... Co-led the conference in wins with teammate Glenn Otto... Finished third on the team, and tied for sixth in the league, in games started (14)... Ranked seventh in C-USA in opponents' batting average (.226), ninth in ERA, tenth in innings (82.1), and eleventh in strikeouts (64)... Fired 7.1 shutout innings against a 40-win Southeastern Louisiana squad when Rice's back was against a wall in an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament... Scattered three singles and just one walk against SELA to earn ninth win of the season... Pitched at least 7.0 innings seven times and averaged 5.2 frames over 14 starts... Posted a new career-long outing with a 9.0-inning complete game two-hit shutout vs. UAB (April 10), becoming only the fifth player in the league with a CG to that point in the season... Earned the league's Pitcher of the Week award with 8.0 shutout innings against No. 16 ranked East Carolina... The ECU outing on March 13 started a two-month stretch where he was as effective as any pitcher in the conference, going 8-0 with a 1.12 ERA in 56.0 innings and holding opposing hitters to a composite .182 batting average... A closer look at early opponents is also in order, as his very first start was against eventual College World Series runner-up Arizona, followed by a weekend start against Top 10 foe TCU... Registered a new career-high with nine strikeouts against league foe Old Dominion... Averaged 7.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Finished the year as the C-USA pitcher who tied for fourth-most sacrifice bunts against him, a tactic that began to escalate when opponents came to the realization that their regular offensive production was proving less reliable... 2015: Appeared in a total of 18 games, primarily as a pitcher but also with some work as a hitter... Tallied 16 appearances on the mound, including five starts... His 40.2 IP was just one-third of an inning away from tying Glenn Otto (41.0 IP) for the most by any of the Owl freshmen... Held a total of 159 batters faced to a composite .258 average... Averaged 4.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Made his Division I debut by starting the third game of the year (on the second day of the season) against No. 6 ranked Texas... Fired a solid 7.1 innings against the Longhorns, scattering five hits and striking out four on the way to a victory in his first collegiate outing... Stayed in the starting rotation the next two weekends against Pac-12 powers Arizona and Stanford... Two remaining starts against Texas State and Sam Houston were in the first half of the season, but he moved to the bullpen for all of the second half... Registered almost an equal number of innings as a starter (20.0) as he did coming out of the pen (20.2)... Displayed a substantial improvement and more consistency working exclusively as a reliever in the second half, including a 2.40 ERA, a .228 opponents' batting average and a 1.00 WHIP... More than half of his total innings (11.2) were against ranked teams, and he maintained a 2.31 ERA and .186 OBA in those outings against elite opponents... Appearance in the NCAA Tournament was as the new pitcher in a re-started elimination game vs. Houston Baptist that was suspended from the day before due to weather... With him as essentially the starting pitcher of what was now a brand new `mini-game' where the team's season also happened to be on the line, he notched his third win with 2.2 effective innings against a hungry cross-town opponent.
High School - A 2014 graduate of Northshore High School in Houston... Two-way, hitter/pitcher standout who was ranked the country's No. 191 prep senior by PerfectGame... Named both a Texas- and a Houston-area all-star... Two-time All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle... Most Valuable Player of District 21-5A as a senior to close out three-straight seasons of first-team all-district honors... Selected to the 17-U PerfectGame World Series All-Tournament Team, and to play in the Texas Scouts Association all-star game as a junior... Went 4-2 on the mound with a 1.74 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 56.1 innings in 2014... Hit .405 with three home runs and 24 RBI as a senior... Posted prep career pitching marks of 16-5 record, 1.88 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 172.2 innings... Offensive career marks were .408 average, eight home runs and 91 RBI... Four-year varsity starter under head coach Lee Martinez.
Personal - Full name: Ricardo Antonio Salinas...Parents: Rick Salinas and Monica Coronado of Houston (two brothers). Older brother, Victor Coronado, played two years of junior college baseball. College: Jones