DALLAS -- Rice's Matt Canterino has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' (NCBWA) 2018 Preseason All-America Third Team, the organization announced on Monday (February 5).
Canterino's sensational debut season of Division I baseball included selection to the C-USA All-Tournament and All-Freshmen teams. As a rookie right-hander in 2017, the Southlake, Texas, native finished 12th in the nation with 10.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (minimum 96.0 inn.) and led the league with the fewest hits allowed per 9.0 innings (6.28). During one stretch of games Canterino posted double-digit strikeouts in three consecutive starts, becoming the first Owl to accomplish that feat since Jeff Niemann in 2003.
The Owls' baseball players are trained under the direction of Rice head coach Wayne Graham. Now in his 27th season at the helm of the program, Coach Graham has led Rice to 21 conference titles in the last 22 years. Rice has been to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 23-straight years, now the third-longest active streak in the nation.
The 2018 Rice baseball season begins Friday, February 16, vs. Samford in the UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla. For season ticket information including seating options, pricing levels and parking, link here or call the Rice Ticket Office at 713-348-OWLS (6957). Don't miss any of the excitement; get your 2018 season tickets now!