Owls Put Up Gritty Battle In Rowdy Road Game; Finish 2016 Season With 38-24 Record
Owls Next Face LSU at 4 PM (Central Time) on June 7
Owls Next Face National-Seed/Host LSU on Sunday Night In Winner's Bracket Game
Start Time Set For 7:04 PM on ESPN3
Owls Next Await Possible NCAA At Large Bid To Be Announced On Monday (May 30)
Rice Baseball action shots from the 2016 NCAA Regional Championship Game
Action photos from the Rice Baseball team's opening game of 2016 NCAA Regional (prior to rain delays) - All Photos by Tommy Lavergne
Rice defeated Stanford 12-1 in the final game of their weekend series.
Rice faced Texas A&M at Minute Maid Park on March 2
2016: NCAA All-Regional Team; C-USA All-Tournament Team; Saved his best for last by hitting a combined .366 in Rice’s 10 postseason games (including both the NCAA Regional and Conference USA Tournament)… Went 8-for-21 with a home run and a double in the C-USA Tournament, then 7-for-20 with three more doubles and four runs scored in the NCAAs… Maintained a .537 slugging percentage and .435 on-base average in all postseason action… The year ended with him reaching base successfully in 17-straight games, the Owls’ fourth-longest stretch all season… Finished third on the team in on-base percentage (.367) and reached base at a .426 pace when leading-off an inning… Solid on-base percentage is a function of disciplined hitting, where he was third on the team in walks (25) and drew two or more walks in a game four different times… Played in 59 of the team’s 62 games with 58 starts… Started the first 48 games of the season at first base, then showed defensive versatility by closing out the year starting the last nine games at third when an injury affected another spot in the lineup… Batted .284 for the full season… Hit a steady .289 with runners on base and .280 when the stations were empty… Finished second on the squad in RBI (28)… Drove in two or more runs in a game seven different times, including a season-best three RBI against NCAA Tournament-bound Louisiana Tech in the opening game of the C-USA Tournament… Collected a season-best four hits that morning against the LA Tech Bulldogs… Logged two or more hits in a game 12 different times… Was third on the team in doubles (12), and was one of just three Owls to knock two doubles in a game (at crosstown rival Houston)… Shared the Conference USA lead in fielding percentage (.992), and finished fifth in the league in both put outs (426) and total chances (476)… Likely would have lead the league in fielding without the late-season move to third base... 2015: One of only three Owls to play in all 59 games, and one of only two to start each contest (Ryan Chandler was the other)... Every start was at first base, the first Owl to start every game at first base since J.T Chargois in 2011 (an eventual second round MLB Daft pick in 2012)... Finished tied for second on the team in doubles (12), third in hits (68) and fourth in slugging (.385) and total bases (90)... Was also third in total plate appearances (260), but a distant eighth in strikeouts (28)... Steady player who was hitting .295 at the start of conference play and .299 heading into the final exams break before finishing with a final batting average of .291... Also batted .295 with runners on base and .287 with two outs already recorded in the inning... For all the steady production he also proved to have a little extra for Rice's high-profile games with big, raucous, crowds... Stepped-up to bat an eye-opening .455 (10-of-22) in Rice's five games where the attendance was more than 4,000 fans... Collected two or more hits 19 times, including a career-high tying three hits six times... Twice had season-long hit streaks of six games... Reached base in 12-consecutive games during one stretch... Usually batted fifth in the order (36 times)... Drove in two or more runs in a game six times, including a career-high tying three RBI to help take the finale at UAB... Twice knocked two-run homers in C-USA games, vs. Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic... Hit twice as many doubles in away games (8), than he did when playing at home at Reckling Park (4)... Tied the Rice school record (along with Tristan Gray and Charlie Warren) for most at bats in a single game (9), established during the 20-inning marathon vs. Houston in the NCAA Regional... Also tied the individual Rice school record for defensive put outs (23) in that same game (set in 2013 at Hawaii).
2014: Increased production in second year with the program, playing in 48 of the team's 62 games with 41 starts... Only Owl to start/play three different infield positions... Made 27 starts at second base, five at third base, one at first, and six as the designated hitter... When starting at third base for Shane Hoelscher or first base Skyler Ewing, he was selected to play ahead of two eventual first team all-conference honorees who both ended up getting selected in the major league draft... Started 27 of the team's final 31 games of the season at second base when shortstop Leon Byrd was sidelined (Ford Stainback moved from second to short, with Teykl usually coming in to start at the keystone sack)... Played so well that when Byrd returned to action after a month, Teykl remained at second with Byrd moved to centerfield... Had a .356 batting average (21-of-59) through the first 37 games of the season that was, at that point, the highest on the team... Usually hit seventh in the lineup (18 times), but batted as high as third in a key Conference USA start against East Carolina where he entered the game on a 9-for-12 pace with three walks and six runs scored... Hit .296 (21-of-71) with men on base and .319 (15-of-47) with runners in scoring position... Held a .319 average when playing at home at Reckling Park... Reached base at a .324 clip (11-for-34) when leading off an inning... Maintained a season-best four-game hitting-streak, and reached bases in seven-consecutive games during one stretch... Collected a season-best two or more hits in a game three times (vs. Texas, East Carolina and Houston Baptist)... Finished tied for third on the team in games driving-in two or more runs (seven times)... Drove-in a career-high three runs twice (vs. Texas A&M and Texas-San Antonio)... Finished second on the team, and tied for ninth in the conference, with nine sacrifice bunts... One of only four Owls all season to record two sac bunts in a game, and he did it twice, including the Championship Final of the C-USA Tournament... Tied for fourth on the team in walks to contribute to a steady .352 on-base average... Tied a career-high scoring two runs in a game a total of four times... Logged a .984 fielding percentage in 128 defensive chances at second base... Turned or started 19 to the team's 48 double plays... Made a season-high six assists at second base against Texas A&M... 2013: Conference USA Hitter of the Week (March 18); Appeared in 41 games with 29 starts as a true freshman... Was thrust into the starting lineup in the third week of the season when when veteran third baseman Shane Hoelscher was sidelined for more than a month with a hand injury... Ended up making a total of 23 starts at the hot corner where he jump-started the offense in the early going... Went 16-for-36 in his first 10 games as the starting third baseman for an eye-opening .444 average that was a full 84 points higher than the next-closest hitter over that same stretch... Highest in-season batting average reached .383 through the team's first 20 games... Moved across the diamond to first base when Hoelscher returned and promptly went 3-for-3 with an RBI, a double and a walk in a start against longtime rival Texas Tech... Starting assignments were 23 times at third base, five at first base, and once as the designated hitter... The Owls went 17-6 in his starts at third base... Batted as high as fourth in the lineup three times and was the No. 5 hitter six times... Collected two or more hits in a game seven times, including a career-best 4-for-4 day at home against future Conference USA foe La Tech... Batted .308 (16-for-52) with a steady .397 on-base average in 20 home games at Reckling Park... Something of a "Night Owl" who batted .286 in all evening games, the third-highest average on the team... Longest hitting streak of the year was four games... Reached base safely in eight-straight contests during one stretch... Proved to be the toughest Owl to get to end an inning, maintaining a team-best .414 average in 29 at bats where there were already two outs recorded... Posted a career-best two RBI in a game three different times... Fielding percentage was .927 for the full season and .886 at third base... Recorded a career-high seven defensive assists at third base in a C-USA win over Tulane, and only one Owl had more assists in any game all year (Ford Stainback had eight in a game, twice)... Involved in a total of 16 double plays from his spots on the infield corners, including 10 at first base and six times at third.
High School - A 2012 graduate of Fort Bend Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, just southwest of Houston... Helped lead the Cougars to a 30-7 record and to the 5A Region III finals before falling to the eventual state champion... Two-time first team all-district shortstop who batted .402 with 41 runs scored, 32 RBI and 23 stolen bases as senior... Went 4-1 on the mound with a 1.65 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 29.2 innings... Earned honorable mention all-state accolades after a sensational junior season where he batted .467 with six home runs and 32 RBI... Posted a 3-1 pitching record with a 1.80 ERA in 2011... Four-year starter for head coach Marc Jones... Versatile athlete who was also a varsity basketball letterman as a freshman.
Personal - Full name: Connor Harris Teykl... Born: October 20, 1993, in Sugar Land... Parents: Brian and Tibby Teykl of Sugar Land (older brother, Trevor, is an Owl pitcher)... Father was a football letterman at the University of Houston in 1983-84... A great uncle, Jerry Harris, lettered in football at Rice in 1955 and 1956 and won the 1956 George Martin Award as the most valuable member of the team... College: Baker