Improved his command in the fall, making him a go-to option out of the bullpen.
Wayne Graham said -- "Doug had a good year last year and he showed even better control this fall. That should equate to more work this spring and that will help us."
Rice -- 2010: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Went undefeated (4-0) with a 2.66 ERA while focusing on pitching exclusively for the first time... Tied for fourth on the staff in wins and had the lowest ERA of any Owl with at least 20 innings... Finished third on the team in appearances (20), all of which were out of the bullpen (and also had the Owls' third-highest relief total)... Held opposing hitters to the staff's lowest composite batting average (.169)... Saw two-thirds of his innings (13.2) at home at Reckling Park where he held hitters to an austere .136 average... Notched wins against NCAA Tournament-bound California, on the road at UCF, and in back-to-back games in the East Carolina series... Proved to be effective as a situational specialist or spot-lefthander all season long (totaling just 15.0 innings in 19 appearances), but exploded for a career-long 5.1 innings in the finale of the Conference USA series against crosstown rival Houston that was as dominating as it was lengthy... Entered that UH game in the second inning and proceeded to handcuff the Cougars to no runs on just two singles through the seventh (before the Owls finally won it in extra frames)... Pitched a total of 10.0 innings in conference and did not allow an earned run... Recorded a solid 3.0 innings on the road against a Lamar team that went-on to play in an NCAA Regional, striking out a career-high five of the 11 batters he faced... Averaged 6.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings of work... 2009: One of the two Owls to play as both a pitcher and hitter (Diego Seastrunk was the other)... Pitched three times with one starting assignment... Started at home against Lamar and worked 1.1 innings without allowing any hits... Made mound debut in the opening series of the season on the road at Cal Poly... Surrendered a run on two hits in a no decision... Threw a third of an inning on the road at Dallas Baptist in a game the Owls won 13-6... Replaced the designated hitter in one of his four offensive appearances... Came off the bench to pinch hit three other times... Reached base with a walk against nationally-ranked Texas A&M in first pinch-hit appearance, a win in the College Classic Tournament held downtown at Minute Maid Park... Played summer ball in the Florida Collegiate League, where he helped lead the Samford River Rats to a second place finish in the regular season standings... 2008: Played in 23 games with 15 starts as the designated hitter... Made 10 starts in Conference USA games... Started the final game of the C-USA Tournament against nationally-ranked East Carolina, where he drew a walk and scored... Started the series-opener against Tulane and the last game against Houston... Slugged two or more hits in a game three times... Made the most of RBI opportunities, batting .313 with runners in scoring position... Went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI at home against a Dallas Baptist team that went on to play in an NCAA Regional... NCAA debut in the home win against Houston... First Rice start was against Texas at Minute Maid Park... Drew walks in a pair of starts at Memphis... Tallied first career stolen base at Memphis... 2007: Did not see any game action... Redshirted the season... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Brazos Valley) in the summer of 2007.
High School -- A 2006 graduate of Kingwood High School... Three-year letterman and starter... Helped lead the Mustangs to the Texas 5A Championship... Batted .415 as a senior... All-district outfielder junior and senior year... Second team preseason all-Greater Houston as a senior... Coached by David Denny... Two-year letterman in football and one-year letterman in track... Member of National Honor Society... Maintained a 4.2 grade point average.
Personal -- Full Name: Steven Douglas Simmons. Born: July 13, 1987, in Bakersfield, Calif. Parents: Steve and Cheri Simmons of Kingwood (two brothers). Major: political science. College: Martel.