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Chandler Named C-USA Freshman of the Year; Rice Next Plays FIU Wednesday Afternoon
Action Begins Friday at Annual College Classic
College World Series
Possesses pitching acumen with the arm to match... Enters third season as the Owls' opening-game pitcher of weekend series... Honored as the Houston area preseason college player of the year by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers of America.
Wayne Graham said -- "Obviously one of the better starting pitchers in college baseball. We expect big things."
At Rice -- 2008: All-Conference USA (First Team)... Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team... Was invited to the 2008 Team USA national trials upon his return from the College World Series... Led the team and was among the best in the conference in starts (16), innings pitched (104.0) and strikeouts (86)... Averaged a steady 6.1 innings per start... Opposing hitters batted a composite .259 against him... Averaged 7.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Struck out a career-high 13 in 8.1 innings against C-USA foe Southern Miss, a team that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament... Started on opening day for the Owls on the road against nationally-ranked Long Beach State... Fired a complete game, three-hit shutout on the road at Memphis... Blanked nationally-ranked Tulane for 8.0 innings before leaving with a comfortable lead... Also notched wins over Oklahoma, Houston and East Carolina... Pitched a total of 62 innings against NCAA Tournament teams, posting a 5-3 record and 3.34 ERA against that elite competition.
2007: National Freshman Pitcher of the Year (Collegiate Baseball)... All-America (American Baseball Coaches Association/Second Team; Collegiate Baseball/Third Team)... Conference USA Freshman of the Year/All-Freshman Team... All C-USA (First Team)... All-Silver Glove Series... Whataburger College Classic All-Tournament Team... Minute Maid Park All-Tournament Team... National Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 10)... Led C-USA in strikeouts (125), innings (122.2) and starts (20)... Shared the team and conference lead in wins (11, with eventual MLB first round draft pick Joe Savery)... Finished among the NCAA leaders in strikeouts (14th) and wins (tied for 16th)... Tied the most wins recorded in a single season by a Rice freshman in school history (set by eventual major league pitchers Matt Anderson in 1995 and Philip Humber in 2002)... Among C-USA leaders in ERA (3.01) and opponents' batting average (.248)... Averaged 8.2 hits and 2.5 walks allowed, with 9.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Averaged 6.0 innings per start... Threw seven-plus innings nine times, including a nine-inning complete game win against Marshall... The complete game effort was the first by a Rice pitcher since Josh Geer in June 2005... Pitched 7.1 innings in the Super Regional opener against sixth-ranked Texas A&M, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out 10... Fanned 10 or more in a game four times... Struck out a career-high 12 batters on the road against an East Carolina team that won 40 games and advanced to a regional... Struck out 11 against Big 12 foe Texas Tech... Won the winner's bracket start in the Regional against 16th-ranked TCU, where he scattered six hits and a walk while striking out seven in 6.1 frames... Went 1-1 and struck out 23 batters in a combined 20.0 innings in the NCAA Tournament... Started and won regular season games against regional-bound teams East Carolina, Baylor, Long Beach State, Memphis and TCU... Also faced eventual regional teams Cal State Fullerton, Texas, Nebraska, Southern Miss and Sam Houston State... Pitched 50.2 innings against ranked teams and recorded 56 strikeouts... Went 6-2 with a 2.30 ERA in C-USA starts... Made only three relief appearances all season: his Division I debut on opening day, a March road game at Texas, and the championship final of the C-USA Tournament... Did not allow an earned run and struck out eight in 6.2 innings working in relief.
International -- Gained valuable experience pitching for the United States national team over the summer against older, and often professional, players from all over the world... Went 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA in seven appearances for Team USA, including the Pan American Games in Brazil and World Port Tournament in The Netherlands... Held the Japanese national team scoreless for 7.2 innings, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out three... Fired a 7.0-inning complete game shutout against China for first international victory, scattering four hits and no walks while striking out seven... Also faced teams from Nicaragua, Brazil, The Netherlands and Chinese Taipei... Faced 129 batters and held all international opponents to a composite .202 batting average.
High School -- 2006 graduate of Humble High... Coached by David Sitton... Earned all-state honors as a pitcher... All-District 22-5A selection... Maintained a grade point average of 4.5.
Personal -- Full Name: Ryan Paul Berry. Born: Aug. 3, 1988, in Houston. Parents: William and Lora Berry, Humble (two brothers and one sister). Major: civil engineering. Served as the defensive coordinator for Hanszen College's powderpuff football team in the fall. College: Hanszen.
Berry's Rice Statistics
Year ERA W L App GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF Avg WP HBP
2007 3.01 11 3 23 20 1 0 4 0 122.2 112 52 41 34 125 21 2 10 519 .248 6 16
2008 3.63 8 5 17 16 1 1 1 0 104.0 103 47 42 31 86 17 3 7 441 .259 6 4
Totals 3.30 19 8 40 36 2 1 5 0 226.2 215 99 83 65 211 38 5 17 960 .253 12 20
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