Five Owls Selected Wednesday By Major League Baseball Clubs
MLB Draft Concludes on Wednesday
Owls Finish At 37-22; Trio of Chandler, Lewis and Stainback Named To All-NCAA Regional Team
Game One Start Time Set For 2:30 PM; Watch Live On ESPN3
Owls Next Play Thursday In 9 AM Elimination Game
Rice and NC State battled for 17 innings before the Wolfpack advance to the College World Series
Rice faced Texas A&M at Minute Maid Park on March 2
Stanford edged Rice 3-2 on February 16, 2013
The Owls rallied to down the Aggies 5-4 in College Station on April 17.
The Owls finished 2-1 in the 2012 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park
At Rice -- 2015: All-Conference USA (first team); Two-time C-USA Pitcher of the Week (April 6 and May 11)… Worked his way back to a solid all-conference caliber season and starter’s role after being sidelined most of 2014… Finished among the C-USA league leaders with 75 strikeouts (7th), a .229 opponents’ batting average (8th) and 3.17 ERA (13th)… Began the year in the Owl bullpen so that he could slowly build up pitch-counts and get game-action on a predetermined work schedule... Pitched in 17 games overall… Made six relief appearances before eventually finishing third on the staff with 11 starts… Averaged 11.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and had a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 4.4-to-1… Maintained a 1.21 WHIP that was the second-best on the staff… In a May 8 start on the road against nationally-ranked and NCAA Regional-bound Florida Atlantic, he fired 6.2 shutout innings while scattering three hits and a walk with one hit batsman. He also tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and held all FAU hitters to a composite .143 batting average… Posted eight strikeouts in 6.0 shutout frames in an April 5 start against (then) first place foe Middle Tennessee… Hand-picked as the Owls’ ‘go-to’ starting pitcher when the team had to play in the elimination game of the NCAA Tournament… Pitched a total of 24.2 innings against the elite teams that made the NCAA Tournament, where he maintained a steady 2.55 ERA... 2014: A preseason all-Conference USA honoree who was set for a big junior campaign, but was sidelined for the rest of the year after only three weeks of action... Started the season-opener at Stanford and was the "Friday night" pitcher for each of the first three games of the season... Worked 5.0 innings and struck out five at Stanford to earn his first win of the season... Returned the next week and allowed one run while striking out seven in 7.0 innings to earn a win over Purdue... Third start was on Feb. 28 vs. eventual College World Series participant Texas in front of more than 5,900 fans at Minute Maid Park... Was coasting along with three strikeouts in 2.0 scoreless innings against the Longhorns when he removed himself from the contest... Worked hard after surgery in order to rejoin his teammates as soon as possible... Final totals for the season were a 2.57 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14.0 innings... Held opposing hitters to a composite .212 batting average... Only two of 14 leadoff batters (.143) reached base successfully... Maintained a 3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... 2013: NCAA Eugene Regional Most Valuable Player/All-Regional Team; Conference USA All-Tournament Team; Ranked among the NCAA leaders with 17 starts (tied for 11th) and 100 strikeouts (tied 36th)... Led the Owls in innings (118.2), and was second on the staff in wins (8) and starts... Finished second on the team in strikeouts and was third in ERA (2.43) and appearances (21)... Also had four appearances out of the bullpen for a total of 21 games played... Averaged 6.1 innings per start and reached the seventh a total of nine times... Held all opposing hitters to an austere .219 batting average... Maintained a 3.2-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio with an average of 7.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Struck out a career-best 11 batters in a pair of road games, at conference foe UAB and then at Oregon in an elimination game in the NCAA Regional in Eugene... Fired a sensational two-hit complete game shutout against the No. 6 ranked Ducks for eighth win, and second complete game win, of the season... Pitched a complete game four-hitter on the road at Hawaii, scattering four singles and a walk while striking out ten (then a career-high)... Posted remaining wins against Harvard and C-USA foes Southern Miss, Tulane, Marshall and UCF in the conference tournament... Primary stats as the No. 2 weekend pitcher in conference games were a 4-2 record, 2.92 ERA and .238 opponents' average in team-high 52.1 innings... Made two appearances three days apart in the C-USA Tournament that added-up to just one earned run on three hits and two walks in a total of 9.0 innings... Left the NCAA Super Regional road game at No. 4 ranked NC State with a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning, only to see the Owls lose the game by one run in the 17th inning (which brought the 2013 season to an end)... Final stats in four postseason outings were a 2-0 record, 0.74 ERA and .165 opponents' average in team-high 24.1 innings... Almost lost in the dynamic starts are the quiet but critical four times he came out of the bullpen for a situational out or inning in midweek games... Picked-up first career save with 1.1 shutout innings against future C-USA foe La Tech... Recorded a 1.80 ERA in 5.0 innings over four relief appearances, striking out seven without allowing any walks... Though both complete game shutouts and all three double-digit strikeout games were on the road, his most consistent outings are all right at Reckling Park where he maintained a composite 1.95 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 55.1 home innings... 2012: Most Outstanding Player, Houston College Classic ; Caught the coaches' attention in the fall practices (2011) and earned the No. 3 starting spot in the opening series of the season... Went on to pitch in 14 games in debut season of Division I baseball... Finished fourth on the team with eight starts... Was seventh on the staff in strikeouts (40)... Averaged 9.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Held opposing hitters to a composite .277 batting average, tied for the sixth-best mark on the team... ERA in first 25.1 collegiate innings was a sterling 1.07... Fired 18-consecutive scoreless innings during one early stretch that included two of his best outings of the year... Started against Tennessee at Minute Maid Park (one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums in the majors) and pitched 7.0 shutout frames while holding the Volunteers to just two hits and two walks while striking out a career-high eight for his first Rice win... Came back seven days later and started on the road at No. 2 Stanford, where he held the Cardinal to no runs on three hits for 6.2 innings... Extended the scoreless streak to 18.0-straight the next weekend with another 4.1 innings against Grambling... Made six appearances out of the bullpen, where he held opposing hitters to a tough .182 average... Struck out four in 3.0 hitless innings against eventual NCAA Tournament participant Sam Houston State.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Alvin High School in Alvin, Tex.... Second Team All-Greater Houston by the Houston Chronicle, and Honorable Mention All-Area by Houston5ABaseball.com as a senior... Selected to play in the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) 2011 All-Star game for the 5A Southeast team (but was unable to participate)... Two-time first team All-District 24-5A pitcher who twice led the Yellowjackets to the Region III bi-district playoffs... Went 6-4 on the mound with three saves, a 2.35 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 66 innings of work during senior year... Struck out 10 or more in game four times, including a prep career-best 15 in one outing of just 6.1 innings... Posted a 7-3 ledger with two saves as a junior in 2010, maintaining a steady 0.95 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 73.1 innings and a steady 3.3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Member of the 2010 Texas Rangers Area Code Team who participated in the Area Code Tournament in Long Beach, Calif.
Personal -- Full name: Jordan Shane Stephens. Born: September 12, 1992, in Alvin. Parents: Roy and Molly Stephens of Alvin, Tex. (two brothers, one sister).
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