Owls Battle Back From Early 5-0 Deficit To Stay Alive In NCAA Regional Action
Owls Return To Baton Rouge For NCAA Regional
Rice Makes C-USA Tournament's Championship Final With 13-2 Victory Over FAU
Final Regular Season Game At Reckling Park
Owls Claim C-USA Weekend Series Two-Games-To-One; Warren Drives-In Two On Senior Day
Rice stayed alive in the Baton Rouge Regional on Saturday with a 13-6 win over crosstown foe Texas Southern
Rice rallied to defeat Houston 4-3 on April 11
The Owls opened the 2017 home schedule by hosting Dallas Baptist on February 21
Rice Baseball action shots from the 2016 NCAA Regional Championship Game
2016: Saved his best for last with a sensational career-long 6.2 innings in front of a rowdy LSU crowd in the dramatic finale of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional... Suffered only his second loss of the season after scattering four hits and a walk against the No. 5 ranked Tigers on the road... The gutsy outing was roughly 24 hours after pitching 1.2 shutout innings in relief of Ricardo Salinas' start as the Owls blanked Southeastern Louisiana to stave off elimination the day before... Also got the starting nod in the Championship Final of the Conference USA Tournament, allowing just one run while striking out three in 4.0 innings... Pitched the most innings (12.1) of any Owl on the staff over the team's final six games, where he maintained a steady 2.92 ERA and .184 opponents' batting average... A majority of his 19 appearances may have been out of the bullpen (11), but he logged almost three-times as many innings as a starter (34.1 to 12.2) and finished fourth on the staff with eight starts... Finished fifth on the staff in innings (47.0)... Averaged more than 4.2 innings in seven of eight starts... Got a no-decision while pitching a (then) career-long 5.1 innings and tying a career high with five strikeouts at longtime opponent Texas State... Also tallied five strikeouts in 5.0 frames for a win against area foe Sam Houston State... Posted 7.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and maintained a 2.5-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Registered first Division I career win with 2.0 shutout innings of relief at C-USA opponent UTSA, one of two bullpen outings to go a season-long 2.0 frames... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Brazos Valley) over the summer... One of five Owls to be named in his summer league's all-star game... 2015: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Made six appearances on the mound in first season of Division I baseball, including the opening weekend of the season at home against No. 6 ranked Texas... Struck out the only Longhorn he faced in a third of an inning in Sunday's series finale... Promptly tabbed to start very next game, becoming the first Owl pitcher to start a midweek game and one of just three Owl freshmen to start on the mound all year long... Fanned a career-high five batters in a career-long 3.1 innings against a Houston Baptist team that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament... Started again a week later against Stephen F. Austin and fired 3.0 frames while allowing three hits and striking out two... Finished the year with more strikeouts (11) than innings (9.0)... Maintained a 3.52 ERA in 7.2 innings when playing at home at Reckling Park... Pitching was only part of the story, as he also came off the bench to make one appearance as a catcher... Caught the final 2.0 innings and went hitless in his only collegiate at bat in the C-USA series opener vs. FIU.
High School - A 2014 graduate of Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas... First Team 5A All-State pitcher by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association... Played in the THSBCA All-Star Game, and the Texas Scouts' Association Invitational as a senior... Ranked among the Top 1,000 nationally by PerfectGame... Two-year varsity starter under head coach David Powers, contributing on the mound and as a catcher... Was named the Vikings' Most Valuable Player after leading the team to a 20-10-1 record and to the Area round of the 5A state tournament as bi-district champions... 2014 Diamond Pro 5A pitcher, and the King of the Hill Award selection... Went 7-2 with a 0.54 ERA and 100 strikeouts as a senior... Threw a no-hitter and a one-hitter among his three shutouts and six complete games... Fired 48.2-consecutive innings without allowing an earned run during one stretch... Hit .413 with two home runs and 23 RBI as a senior in 2014... Served as team captain for his 2013 select team, the Brazos Valley Renegades, and was the winning pitcher in the AAU Underclass National Championship game while being named to the all-tournament team.
Personal - Full name: Wilfrido Contreras Amador... Parents: Lorenzo and Sonia Rios of Bryan (one brother and three sisters). College: Martel