Start Time Set For 6:30 PM At Reckling Park
First Pitch Scheduled For 6:30 PM At The Bobcat Ballpark In San Marcos
Weekend Schedule Changed To Avoid Weather; Lemond Tabbed For Friday Start
Baseball Team Returns Home To Open C-USA Action On Friday Night
Coach Graham One Victory Away From Career Milestone
One of the premier two-way players in the country... Plays and practices hard every day with high expectations for himself and his teammates.
Wayne Graham said -- "Joe is obviously one of the premier pitchers and hitters in college baseball. He always has a chance to have a great year."
RICE 2006: All-America (National Collegiate Baseball Writers, third team); All-NCAA Regional; All-Conference USA (second team); C-USA All-Tournament (MVP); All-Silver Glove Series; Academic All-District VI; C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... Another outstanding season on both sides of the ball... Started in the batting order 68 times, including 57 at first base and 11 times as the designated hitter... Made 11 starts on the mound and simultaneously started as the DH in the same game a total of seven times... Finished among the C-USA leaders in hits (85), RBI (66), runs (61), doubles (20), walks (50), total bases (134), on-base percentage (.442) and plate appearances (309)... Steady hitter who batted .335 for the season, .330 in C-USA games and .333 at the College World Series... Named C-USA Tourament MVP after hitting .400 (6-for-15) with a home run, five RBI, four walks and seven runs scored... Maintained a .394 average with runners in scoring position and was 5-for-10 with the bases loaded... Slugged two or more hits in a game 24 times, including a season high three hits seven different times... Hit safely in a season-high 15 consecutive games leading up to the NCAA super regional... Drove in two or more runs in a game 17 times to lead the team... Only Owl to drive in five runs in a game three different times, and all were against eventual regional teams San Diego, Houston and Southern Miss (with a grand slam)... Intentionally walked a teamleading three times... Drew four walks in one game at Marshall... Successful on seven of eight steal attempts... Defense at first base was a solid .996... Posted a 5-1 record on the mound with a 2.76 ERA... Has held 229 batters faced to a composite .240 average... Averaged 5.0 innings in 11 starts and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings... Struck out a season-high nine in 7.0 innings against Texas State... Pitched a season-long 8.0 innings for a win over C-USA foe East Carolina... Worked 7.0 innings, scattering five hits and striking out seven in a no-decision against eventual CWS participant Cal State Fullerton... Held nationally-ranked Arizona State to just one run with seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings, but earned a no-decision in a game the Owls lost in extra innings... Pitched 6.2 frames with four strikeouts against Texas, but earned a no-decision due to an extra inning loss... Did not pitch in the super regional or College World Series... Was on the watch lists for the Roger Clemens and Brooks Wallace Awards...
2005: National Freshman of the Year (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball); all-America (Baseball America, second team; NCBWA, third team); Freshman all-America (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball); all-NCAA Regional (Baton Rouge); Western Athletic Conference player of the year; all-WAC (first team); WAC all-academic; All- Silver Glove Series... Outstanding debut season of Division I baseball... Only freshman on any of Baseball America's three postseason all-America teams... One of only two freshmen on the three all-America teams selected by the NCBWA... Named first team all-conference at two different positions (1B and P) by WAC coaches... Shared the team lead in starts (63), including 17 starts on the mound, 34 at first base, nine as the designated hitter and nine in left field... Started on the mound and served as his own designated hitter six times... Starting pitcher in weekend conference games when not at first base... Rice lost the only game he didn't play in, the finale of the New Orleans Super Regional after he injured his hand diving for a foul ball on the first base side in game one of the series... Suffered a broken right hand early in game one of the Super Regional... Stayed in the game and batted in the top next inning where, with two outs and runners on first and third, he bunted with an injured hand for a base hit to score a run... Came back the next day in game two of the series and pitched 6.2 innings while allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts against top-ranked Tulane on the road... Led the conference in hitting (.382) and finished second in the league in ERA (2.49)... Led the Owls and ranked among the WAC's best in slugging (.559), on-base percentage (.471), hits (76) and walks (35)... Second in runs (49) and tied for second in doubles (17)... Batted .390 against conference foes... Hit a team-best .368 (7-for-19) in seven games against teams that advanced to the College World Series... Went 4-for-7 (.571) in three games against teams that were ranked first in the nation when the Owls played them... Hit .364 to earn selection to the all-series team against Houston... Tied for third on the team with two or more hits in a game (23)... Slugged a career-best three hits eight times... Tallied two or more RBI in a game 10 times, highlighted by a career-best four in a win at Louisiana Tech... Hit safely in a team-best 26 consecutive games up until the last day of the regular season... Homered against LSU at spacious Zephyr Field in Metairie, La. (Apr. 6)... Walks and strikeouts were even at 35... Pitching skills matched his offensive production... Led the staff in strikeouts (129), and shared the lead in starts (17)... Averaged 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings of work... Fanned a career-high 15 in eight innings in a win against Fresno State (Apr. 30)... Struck out 10 or more batters four times, including opening day (where he was picked to start as a true freshman) and in the NCAA Regional win at LSU (June 7)... Scattered seven hits across 7.1 innings, allowing two runs in the road win over eighth-ranked LSU... Averaged 6.2 innings in 17 starts, but pitched at least 8.0 frames in six consecutive starts in the month of April... Maintained a 1.99 ERA in 31.2 combined innings pitched against teams ranked in the Top 25... Solid defensive player at first base... Made only two errors at first in 351 total chances (.994)... Selected to play for the United States national team over the summer, including its international tour... Pitched in four games for Team USA against international players... Made two starts... Held 34 hitters to a combined .235 batting average... Allowed eight hits and struck out 13 in nine innings of work.
HIGH SCHOOL-- 2004 graduate of nearby Lamar High School...Four-year starter and letterman for the Redskins under coach Jorge Garza... Earned first team all-state and first team all-greater Houston honors in 2003 and 2004... Three-time first team all-District 18-5A honoree... Voted 18-5A most valuable player in 2004... Named 2004 Texas Proline player of the year... Hit .556 with seven home runs and 40 RBI as a senior... 11-0 on the mound with 93 strikeouts and a 0.53 ERA... Slugged 20 career home runs and posted a 24-5 pitching record... Helped lead the Redskins to a 29-4 record and the district championship... The team was nationally ranked in three polls his senior year... Also a two-year starter and three-year letterman for the football team... Named the district's offensive MVP... First-team all-district as a quarterback and punter... Threw for 1,950 yards and 23 touchdowns while running for another... Helped team to 11-2 record, district title and trip to the regional finals... Maintained a 3.98 grade point average.
PERSONAL-- Full Name: Joseph Cain Savery. Born: Nov. 4, 1985, in Houston. Parents: Warren Savery and Pam Aderholt, Bellaire and Houston (two brothers, three sisters). Uncle, George Cain, played football for Mississippi. Major: managerial studies/sports management. College: Hanszen.
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