Totla of Three Owls Selected in 2017
Owls Battle Back From Early 5-0 Deficit To Stay Alive In NCAA Regional Action
Owls Next Face Crosstown Foe Texas Southern In Elimination Game
Owls Return To Baton Rouge For NCAA Regional
Rice Makes C-USA Tournament's Championship Final With 13-2 Victory Over FAU
Rice stayed alive in the Baton Rouge Regional on Saturday with a 13-6 win over crosstown foe Texas Southern
Rice fell to SELU 12-6 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Baseball Baton Rouge Regional
Rice rallied to defeat Houston 4-3 on April 11
2017: Shared the Rice lead with eight home runs... Finished third on the team in batting average (.313), slugging percentage (.540) and doubles (16), and was fourth in RBI (39) and walks (24) for the full season... Usually batted fifth (21 times) or sixth (14 times) in the order... Helped pace the squad's eight-game run through the postseason as the Owls won the Conference USA Championship and played in the NCAA Regional... Hit an electric .382 in the postseason with four home runs and two doubles for a .794 slugging percentage... Drove in eight runs, scored seven times and maintained a .432 on-base percentage in the eight postseason games... Whether in the postseason or in a premier regular season game, he was at his best on the biggest stage -- batting a combined .400 (12-of-30) with eight RBI in seven games where the attendance was at least 4,000 fans... Finished the year with a nine-game hitting streak, nearly matching his season-best 11-game hitting streak (from mid-April to May)... Reached base in each of the last 29 games to end 2017, highlighting a sensational second half of the season where he hit .368 and totaled 34 RBI over the final 32 games... Tied for third on the team in games with two or more RBI (11 times), and was the only Owl to drive in five runs in a single game (as part of a two-home run day against crosstown foe Texas Southern in the NCAA Regional)... Tallied a career-best nine total bases that day against TSU to tie for the most by any Owl all season... Also had eight total bases in a two-homer C-USA league game at Western Kentucky... Collected two or more hits in a game 17 times, including a career-best four hits (of which three were doubles) in a home win over No. 16 ranked Southern Miss... The three doubles vs. USM were the most by an Owl in a single game in three years... Co-led the squad with four sacrifice flys, and was distractingly effective at getting a run in from third base with less than two outs (12-of-15 times, .800)... Hit .326 with runners on base... After the team began the year with a 6-11 record while using three other players at second base, the Owls climbed back above .500 with Gray starting each of the final 47 games at the keystone sack... Finished with a .970 fielding percentage for the full season, and turned or started 33 double plays... Made just one error over a 38-game stretch midway through the year... Recorded season highs in both assists (seven) and put outs (six) in a single C-USA game against Florida International (March 26), essentially one fielder having a hand in 13 of the game's 27 outs... 2016: Conference USA Hitter of the Week (April 18); Major contributor thanks to adept versatility without any drop in offensive production... Steady .295 hitter and the team's home run leader who started at five different positions in the field over the course of the season... Starts were in left field (23 times), first base (eleven times), right field (three times), shortstop (twice) and third base (twice), while no other Owl started at more than two defensive positions all season... Was sidelined early in the year that limited him to just 42 games played with 41 starts -- and consider the team's predicament of having its versatile cleanup hitter finish a distant tenth on the squad in games played and plate appearances... Led the Owls in home runs (5) and was second in slugging percentage (.462)... Finished third on the squad in batting average (.295) and triples (2), and was fourth on the team in both doubles (7) and slugging total bases (.72)... Batted in as many as seven different spots in the order, but most were as the cleanup hitter (17 times)... Reached base at a .488 pace (21-of-43) when leading off an inning... Hit .341 with a team-best .494 slugging percentage in C-USA league games... Went 7-for-22 (.318) with a homer and nine runs scored in Rice's five games at the C-USA Tournament... Enjoyed a .344 average (22-for-64) and .500 slugging percentage in home games at Reckling Park... Collected two or more hits in a game eleven times, and tied for fourth on the team with at least five three-hit games (to tie a career-high)... Tallied three hits in all three games of the C-USA series vs. Charlotte... Maintained a 12-game hitting streak that was the team's second-best all season long... Reached base in 19-consecutive games during one stretch... Became the first Owl in four years to homer on opening day, which was one of four solo shots... Drove-in two more runs in a game three times, and was one of only two Owls to tally five RBI in a single game (vs. eventual C-USA regular season champion FAU)... Scored a career-high three runs twice, against Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Tournament and LSU in the NCAA Tournament... Half of his 28 runs scored were in the ten postseason games over the final two weeks of the year, which shared the team's postseason lead with Grayson Lewis)... Started at second base (the one infield position he did not play in the regular season) in the Owls' November exhibition against Cuban League foe Artemisa, where he went 1-for-3 with a walk... Recorded three defensive assists in the game and halted a Cazadores rally in the bottom of the fifth by starting an inning-ending double play... Played in the prestigious Cape Cod League (Falmouth) over the summer... One of five Owls to be named in his summer league's all-star game... 2015: Appeared in 56 games with 47 starts as a true freshman... Started at third base on opening day against No. 6 ranked Texas and went on to make 38 starts at the hot corner before moving over to start nine times at shortstop for the final two weeks of the year... Shared the team lead in triples (3) and finished second on the squad with three home runs... Two of the homers were three-run shots, vs. Stanford and Texas State... Drove-in a career-high three RBI in a game four different times... Hit .292 (14-of-48) with men in scoring position and went 3-for-9 when batting with the bases-loaded... Collected two or more RBI in game six times... Tallied two or more hits in a game eight times, including a career-best three hits vs. nationally-ranked crosstown rival Houston in the 20-inning NCAA Regional marathon... Also tied the Rice school record (along with Connor Teykl and Charlie Warren) for most at bats in a single game (9) in that contest... Reached base at a .364 clip (16-of-44) when leading off an inning... Posted exactly the same 19-of-77 (.247) hitting pace in the second half of the season as he did in the first half... Usually batted seventh in the lineup (28 times), but also started as the No. 6 hitter 12 times... Came off the bench to play nine times, third-highest total on the squad... Subbed-in one time as the new DH and made eight appearances as a pinch hitter... Stayed in to play third base after each time to pinch hit, and was a combined 3-for-12 in those games.
High School - A 2014 graduate of Elkins High School in Missouri, City, Texas... Ranked as the No. 133 high school senior in the country by PerfectGame... Second-Team 5A All-State honoree by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association... Most Valuable Player of District 23-5A and first team shortstop as a senior... All-district honoree in each of his four years starting for head coach Tyler Porter, including freshman year as an outfielder... Batted .456 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 30 games as a senior, leading the Knights to a 19-9-2 record, regular season 23-5A championship, and to a bi-district title... Outstanding student who was three-time member of the Dean's List.
Personal - Full name: Tristan Colby Gray...Parents: Jason and Angie Gray of Missouri City (one sister)... Father, Jason Gray, was a two-year Rice letterman for coach Graham (1999-2000, Baker College) who finished his Owl career with a .316 career batting average and a total of 23 home runs... He played in the Texas Rangers organization after being selected in the 26th round of the 2000 MLB draft... College: Sid Richardson
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