Cruz' Late Homer Helps Lift Rice Past FAU Friday, 5-4
Five Owls Earn All-League Accolades
Owls Play Wednesday At 12:30 PM
Start Time At Constellation Field Set For 7 PM
Game Time Saturday Set For 2 PM
Action photos from Rice's April 22 home baseball game vs. FAU.
Rice stayed alive in the Baton Rouge Regional on Saturday with a 13-6 win over crosstown foe Texas Southern
Rice fell to SELU 12-6 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Baseball Baton Rouge Regional
The Owls gathered at the Gorgeous Gael on Memorial Day to learn where they were headed on the Road To Omaha '17
Rice rallied to defeat Houston 4-3 on April 11
2018: All-Conference USA (Second Team); Completed Rice career as the program’s all-time leader in at bats (959)… Finished second on the school’s career list for games played (244), fifth in base hits (282), and tied for sixth in doubles (56)… Started every game during his four-year career, all in centerfield… Was tied for 50th among the NCAA Division I individual leaders with 80 base hits when Rice’s season came to an end (on May 26)… Led the team and ranked among the Conference USA leaders in runs scored (42), total plate appearances (283), steals (13) and steal attempts (16)… Finished second on the team in batting average (.336), hits (80), triples (3), and on-base percentage (.429)… Was also third on the squad in walks (33) and total bases (97)… One of four Rice players to start all 59 of the team’s games (centerfield)… Came out of a game for only the second time in his four-year career on April 22 (due to a brief in-game injury)… Spot in the batting order was usually either leadoff (30 times) or second (29 times)… Reached base at a .397 pace (29-of-73 times) when leading off an inning… Batted .352 in the second half of the season, including a team-best .342 in C-USA only games, to help push Rice in into the league’s postseason tournament… Hit .312 in Rice’s 23 games against the elite opponents that would go on to play in the NCAA Tournament… Also proved to be a ‘night Owl’ who hit .360 in the team’s 29 evening games… Maintained a 11-game hitting streak during the season, part of a stretch he also reached base in a team-best 23-straight games… Collected two or more hits in a game 24 times, the second-highest mark on the team… One of only two Rice players with three different four-hit games … Though one of the team’s leadoff batters, he collected 26 RBI and drove-in two or more runs in a game four different times… Made a season-high six put outs in a single game against No. 1 ranked Stanford… Recorded five defensive assists from spot in centerfield, including three which resulted in Rice getting double-plays.
2017: Closed out the year making his 185th-consecutive start, all of which have been in centerfield... With two previous walk-off hits in the bottom of the respective ninth innings against Houston (April 11) and Lamar (May 3) to get him ready, Chandler came up with walk-off heroics for the third time in the Championship Final of the Conference USA Tournament... Delivered the game-winning hit with a runner on second base in the bottom of the ninth against No. 11 ranked Southern Miss to win Rice its 23rd conference title... Earlier he helped clinch the Silver Glove Trophy (awarded for the season-long three-game series vs. Houston) by driving home the winning run... Accomplished the walk-off feat a second time three weeks later to cap a winning rally against longtime foe Lamar... One of three Owls to start all 64 games, all in centerfield... Batted leadoff the most of any Owl (25 times), and batted second in the order the second-most on the squad (19 times)... Led the team in total plate appearances (290) and getting hit by a pitch (11)... Finished second on the team in runs scored (55), triples (3), stolen bases (6) and walks (32)... Hit .292 (31-of-106) with a team-best 29 runs scored in 30 C-USA regular season games... Batted .292 (45-of-154) over the team's final 41 games to raise his final season average 45 points... Went 5-for-17 (.294) with a double and a triple in four games at the C-USA Tournament... Finished fourth on the team with 19 multi-hit games, including a season-high three hits five different times... Longest hitting streak was eight games and reached base in 14-straight games during one stretch... Reached base at a .422 pace (35-of-83) when leading off an inning... Hit .322 (38-of-118) in Rice's 33 day games... Proved to be dependable at getting the run in from third base with less than two outs (10-of-13 times, .769), which helped him register a new season-best 39 RBI (fourth-highest on the team)... Drove-in two or more runs in a game ten different times... One of just three Owls to tally four RBI in a game, and he did it three different times -- twice on the strength of grand slam home runs (vs. Southeastern Louisiana and UAB)... Muscled a total of five round-trippers, the last of which was in the NCAA Regional vs. crosstown foe Texas Southern and was also the 200th hit of his collegiate career.
"I particularly liked your left-handed hitting centerfielder."
Jesus Barosa; Director, Cuban Baseball Federation
High School - A 2014 graduate of Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston... Played in the 2014 Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association 5A All-Star Game... Ranked by PerfectGame as one of the Top 500 prospects in the nation... Earned first team All-District 19-5A honors as an infielder while helping lead the Crusaders to the bi-district playoffs... Also contributed to the team as an outfielder... Batted .358 as a senior with a .776 on-base average... Drove-in 18 runs and stole 12 bases in the team's 29 games in 2014... Named a 2013 Texas Scout Association All-Star and to the WWBA World Championship All-Tournament team... Second team All-Houston 5A as a junior... Versatile student-athlete who also played varsity football... Earned All-Academic honors for District 19-5A in both baseball and football.
Personal - Full name: Ryan James Chandler...Parents: James and Robin Chandler of Houston (one brother)... Father was a four-year football letterman at the University of Tulsa... Two uncles, Robert and Russell Chandler, played football at Oklahoma State and the University of Idaho, respectively... Enjoys community service working with Middle School Ministry... College: Wiess