IRVING, Texas - A total of three more Rice baseball games have been selected for television broadcasts for the fast-approaching 2015 season, bringing the Owls' latest total of TV games to nine.
The American Sports Network (ASN) is scheduled to air three games beginning in April. The new games are April 18 (Sat.) vs UTSA, April 26 (Sun.) at Western Kentucky, and May 9 (Sat.) at Florida Atlantic. Note there is now a new 12 noon (Central) start time for the May 9 game at FAU.
ASN is a collegiate sports initiative owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. that airs C-USA football, men's basketball and women's basketball games on television stations throughout the nation. Sinclair, the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasters in the country, owns and operates, programs and provides sales services to 162 television stations in 78 markets, reaching approximately 39% of U.S. television households and affiliated with all the major broadcast networks.
The Owls already had six games lined-up for television broadcasts, including two at home and four on the road. The number of TV games could still increase during the course of the year, including regular season games and in the C-USA Championship to be held May 20-24 in Hattiesburg, Miss. The tournament's championship final (May 24 at 1 pm) is again set for a national television broadcast.
Rice's talented 2015 team is no secret to the TV networks nor in college baseball circles. The No. 13 ranked Owls return five of the nine starters in the batting order and a host of veteran pitchers from last year's team that went 42-20 and swept both the C-USA regular season and tournament championships in 2014. The Blue & Gray also have a highly-touted group of incoming freshmen players making their Division I debut this spring.
The Owls open the upcoming season at home against longtime rival Texas with a four-game weekend series at Reckling Park on Feb. 13-15. Season ticket packages to catch all 30 home games are available for as low as $130. Mini-plans, which allow fans to hand-pick their favorite games to attend, are also available for purchase starting as low as $35. Single-game tickets are also on sale, but are going fast. More information and about purchasing tickets are available at the above link or by calling 713-348-OWLS (6957).
Under the direction of head coach Wayne Graham, who is now in his 24th season at the helm of the program, Rice baseball has made 20-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and won 19-straight conference championships - including titles that were won in the regular season and/or conference tournament. The Owls have also won at least 40 games a season for each of the last 20 years.