Owls & Longhorns To Play Four Games at Reckling Park
Rice's Zech Lemond & Skyler Ewing Were Selected Friday In the MLB Draft
C-USA Champion Owls Finish With 42-20 Record, 20-Straight NCAA Tournament Bids
Rice and NC State battled for 17 innings before the Wolfpack advance to the College World Series
Rice dropped a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State on Saturday
Rice rallied to down Houston 4-3 in 10 innings on Cinco de Mayo 2012
Rice and Southern Miss baseball
At Rice -- 2014: All-NCAA Regional Team; Conference USA All-Tournament Team; All-Conference USA (first team honoree); Named National Hitter of the Week on Feb. 17... Started 61 of the team's 62 games, including 54 at first base where the team was 39-15... Versatile enough to contribute seven starts at catcher (in order to give teammate John Clay Reeves a breather)... Led the conference in runs scored (57), total bases (124), chances (611) and put outs (554), and shared the league's lead in RBI (48)... Finished second in the conference in hits (81) and home runs (9)... Also ranked among the C-USA leaders in slugging percentage (3rd, .512), hitting (4th, .335), doubles (tied-5th, 16), on-base percentage (5th, .403) and walks (tied-9th, 29)... Batted .373 with runners on base and .397 with men in scoring position... Batted as high as third in the lineup 30 times (where the team went 21-9)... Managed to reach base at a .417 pace when leading off an inning... Collected two or more hits in a game a team-best 25 times, including a career-best four hits twice (vs. Florida International and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)... Maintained a career-best nine-game hitting streak March 18-30, and reached base in 12-straight games during one April stretch... Collegiate season ended with a five-game hitting streak in which he was 10-for-20 with 10 runs scored, two home runs and a three doubles for a .950 slugging percentage... Tallied career-best eight total bases in win at Middle Tennessee... Hit two doubles in a game three different times... Knocked a grand slam against Purdue (Feb. 23), where he finished the day with six RBI - the most by an Owl all season... Drove-in two or more runs in a game a team-best 13 times... Respected hitter who one opponent walked three times in the game... Maintained a .981 fielding percentage at first base, and twice recorded a team-high 19 put outs in a single game... 2013: Appeared in 57 of the team's 64 games with 47 starts... Made 43 starts at first base and four at catcher early in the year (did not play behind the plate after the first week of March)... Usual spots in the batting order were either eighth or ninth (30 total times), but once batted as high as cleanup... Tied for third on the team in home runs (4), and was fourth in both sacrifice bunts (10) and times getting hit by a pitch (5)... Finished fifth on the squad in walks (23), seventh in slugging (.342) and eighth in RBI (23)... Did his best hitting in Conference USA league games, building a .298 batting average (17-for-57) with a .474 slugging percentage... Maintained a steady .274 average in 30 games away from Reckling Park... None of his four home runs (against Baylor, Southern Miss, UAB and La Tech) were hit at home... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional at NC State... Collected two or more hits in a game seven times, including a career-high three hits at Sam Houston State and at home against Tulane... Longest hitting streak was seven-straight games to raise his in-season average to its highest point (.274 on March 30)... Finished the year with an active streak of reaching base in seven-consecutive games... Reached base at a .429 clip in 42 times to lead-off an inning... Shared the team lead in pinch-hit appearances (6)... Never collected a pinch base hit, but did get on base by drawing a walk (three times) and get hit by a pitch (once), and he eventually went on to score three runs in those six pinch hit appearances... Scored all 16 runs in 16 different games (and has never scored twice in a game)... Drove-in two or more runs in a game four different times, including a career-high three RBI in the 6-3 road victory in the series finale at Southern Miss (a key win that eventually helped Rice clinch the C-USA regular season co-championship and No. 1 seed in the league tournament)... Drew a career-high three walks in the series opener against UCF... Collected two sacrifice bunts in a single game against Stanford during the opening weekend of the season, a feat only one other Owl (Aquino) managed to match over the next three months of the season... Successfully stole a base in his only attempt all year... Maintained a .985 fielding percentage in 461 total chances at first base... Recorded a career-high 18 putouts against East Carolina, the second-highest single-game total by an Owl all season... Tallied 34 of 41 assists from first base... Appeared as a defensive substitute ten times, tied for the third-highest total on the team... Remained in the game to play defense after all six pinch hitting appearances, and each time it was as the new first baseman... Subbed directly in as the new first baseman four times... Played in the prestigious Cape Cod League over the summer (Hyannis Harbor Hawks), where he was named an All-Star with a .287 average, four home runs and 20 RBI... Won the home run derby event at the CCL's All-Star Game... 2012: Played in nine games with two starts as the designated hitter in first season at the Division I level... Made his Rice debut as a replacement DH on the second day of the season against an FIU team that was coming off an NCAA Regional appearance... First collegiate start was against Arizona (ranked No. 9 at the time but went on to win the National Championship)... Singled in his first at bat against the Wildcats (his second career at bat overall) and stole second base later in that inning... Also started on the road at Conference USA foe Memphis... Subbed-in to play first base for the first time the following week at Lamar... Late in the year he delivered a lead-off pinch hit in the bottom of the tenth inning in the second game of the C-USA series against crosstown rival Houston (where he was lifted for a pinch-runner, who went on to score the game-tying run on the way to a 4-3 Rice victory in extra frames)... Went 1-for-4 as a pinch hitter and 1-for-7 as the DH... Played in the Northwoods League over the summer, where he helped lead the Wisconsin Woodchucks to a 26-9 record and South Division title.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Arlington High School... Versatile catcher/first baseman and pitcher who was named the 2011 District 4-5A Utility Player of the Year on a vote of the league head coaches... Three-year varsity starter and all-district honoree for head coach David Nix, the 4-5A coach of the year in 2011... Helped lead the Colts to the district championship as a senior and to the Region I quarterfinals of the state tournament... Batted .443 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI in the team's 40 games in 2011... Went 7-3 on the mound with a 3.26 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 67 innings of work... Maintained a .450 batting average during prep career with 31 homers... Outstanding student... Named to the 2011 5A Academic All-State team by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA)... National Honors Society member... Principals Award recipient... Played locally over the summer for Kyle Chapman Red of the Premier Baseball League.
Personal: Full Name: Skyler Blayne Ewing... Born: August 22, 1992, in Arlington, Texas... Parents: William and Doreen Ewing of Arlington (one brother, one sister)... Said he wanted to go to Rice since he was 10 years old when he "attended the College World Series in 2003."... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... College Martel
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