Five Owls Selected Wednesday By Major League Baseball Clubs
Game One Start Time Set For 2:30 PM; Watch Live On ESPN3
Owls Await Possible Postseason Bid To Be Announced Monday
Owls Have A Chance To Claim C-USA Regular Season Crown
Rice Concludes Regular Season With Three-Game Homestand Beginning Thursday Night
At Rice -- 2015: Had his best season yet with contributions to the team that were greater than in his previous years combined... Versatile athlete played in a total of 53 of the team’s 59 games, either as a relief pitcher (15 times), outfielder (35 times) or designated hitter (three times)… Logged 20.1 innings on the mound over 15 appearances… Finished with a 3.98 ERA and held opposing hitters to a composite .218 batting average… Averaged 8.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and maintained a 3.3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio… Pitching style proved to be able to get more ground ball outs (23) than fly ball outs (15)… Notched first career save on the second day of the season, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings against nationally-ranked Texas where held the Longhorns to no hits… Earned first career win the following week against longtime foe Stephen F. Austin, firing 3.0 hitless/scoreless frames with a career-high five strikeouts… Tallied four outs by strikeouts in 1.1 innings of hitless frames vs. national power Stanford… Ended the season with 6.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run… Started in left field on opening day and went on to platoon that spot (with right-handed hitting senior Kirby Taylor)… Hit .351 with runners on base and reached base at a .379 clip when leading off an inning… Collected two or more hits in a game seven times and had four three-hit games… Shared the team lead with five stolen bases and was a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts... Plus-speed allowed for solid defensive range in the outfield… Used strong and accurate arm to throw-out two runners attempting to advance on the bases... 2014: Had his best season yet with greater contributions to the team... Played 35 games overall and worked his way into the starting lineup 17 times... Made 15 starts the outfield (14 in center and one in right field), and started twice as the designated hitter... Served as pinch-runner seven times, as a defensive substitute in the outfield five times, and as a pinch-hitter/new designated hitter three times, and as a relief pitcher three times... Batted as high as fifth in the lineup... Pinch ran and scored on opening day at Stanford, then remained in the game as the new DH and tripled-in a run on the way to the Owls' 10-3 victory... Started each of the next three games and proceeded to post consecutive two-hit games in each outing to build a .438 average (7-for-16) through the first four games of the season... Finished with four two-hit games... Drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eleventh inning of the home-opener vs. Texas State, securing the 1,000th Rice victory for head coach Wayne Graham... Doubled-in a career-best pair of runs in the series finale vs. Purdue... Stole bases against Stanford, College World Series participant Texas Tech and C-USA foe Florida Atlantic to finish 3-for-5 in attempted steals... Finished tied for sixth on the team in sacrifice bunts (5)... Showed versatility by being able to step-in as a situational pitcher (vs. left-handed hitters) three times... Logged a third of an inning in the road game against eventual Super Regional participant Houston... 2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Showed versatility by contributing to the team as both a position player/hitter and pitcher... Played in 25 games overall, including twice as a relief pitcher in the second half of the season... Started five games, including three times in the outfield and twice as the designated hitter... Made Rice debut starting as the designated hitter on Opening Day against nationally ranked Stanford and Cardinal pitcher Mark Appel, the eventual No. 1 pick in the major league draft... Collected hits against Dallas Baptist and on the road at Hawaii... Tied for third on the team in games played as a pinch hitter (5)... Appeared as a pinch-runner one time, where he scored in the series-opener at FIU... Also scored on the road at Sam Houston State after drawing a walk in a pinch-hitting role... Error-free in six defensive chances in the outfield... Made first of two pitching appearances in the opening game of the road series against eventual C-USA co-champion Southern Miss... Pitched and recorded an out three weeks later in the C-USA series-opener against UCF... 2012: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Did not appear in any game action in first season with the program... Played for the Oahu Paddlers of the Hawaii Collegiate League over the summer.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Lamar High School in Houston... Second Team All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle, Houston5ABaseball.com, and the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) as a senior in 2011... Named the District 20-5A Player of the Year as a senior, helping lead the Redskins to a 33-7-1 record and to the 5A Region III semi-finals... Three-time all-district selection, including first team honors in 2011 and 2010... Twice played in the HABCA all-star game... Selected to play on Team Texas, which won the 2011 Heartland Classic in Norman, Okla... Hit .452 with seven home runs, 51 runs scored, 40 RBI and 20 stolen bases in the team's 41 games... Went 9-2 with a 2.00 ERA on the mound, registering 79 strikeouts in 65 innings of work... Season highlight was pitching a no-hitter against district rival Bellaire... Served as a team co-captain for head coach Mike McGilvary... Was named to the 2011 Preseason All-Greater Houston team by the Houston Athletic Committee after a sensation junior season where he batted .445 with 11 home runs and had a .927 slugging percentage... Played on the West University Senior League World Series Championship Team in 2009... Outstanding student... Maintained a 4.39 grade point average to graduate in the Top 10 percent of his class.
Personal -- Full name: John Garland Williamson... Born: September 27, 1992, in Houston... Parents: Jimmy Williamson and Ann Blackwood of Houston (two brothers)... Brother, James, was a four-year baseball letterman at William & Mary (2006-2009)... College: Sid Richardson
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