Baseball Opens Five-Game Homestand Wednesday vs. SFA

Feb. 24, 2015

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Rice Baseball Hosts SFA To Open Five Game Homestand
The Rice baseball team, 5-3 and ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation, hosts state foe Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday (Feb. 25) to begin a five-game homestand. The Owls welcome the Lumberjacks for a 4:30 pm game at Reckling Park... The homestand continues with a four-game weekend series against Pac-12 power Stanford on Feb. 27-March 1. The start times vs. Stanford follow the same sequence as the four-game series vs. Texas two weeks ago, of 6 pm Friday, noon and theb 4 pm on Saturday, followed by a 1 pm start on Sunday.

Game Day Parking
Rice University is in the early stages of building the new Moody Center for the Arts adjacent to Reckling Park. Like any major construction project, a host of changes to the old routine are now under way. There is a charge for game day parking, with the lone exception being FREE parking in the Greenbriar Lot on the west side of Rice Stadium (football). Fans may purchase season or individual-game parking passes by calling the ticket office at 713-348-6957. Limited complimentary parking and other game day benefits are also available by supporting Rice student-athletes with a gift to the Owl Club.

Watch The Games On OwlVision All Access
Home games are slated for a live on-line video broadcast by OwlVision All Access. OwlVision is a subscription-based service which matches the play-by-play audio with a video feed to create a television-like broadcast on the Internet (either live or in an archived format). Information about the service and subscription prices are available at RiceOwls.com.

Audio Broadcasts - Catch Every Rice Baseball Game On The Web
Every Rice baseball game this season will be broadcast live around the world on the Internet at RiceOwls.com. Tune-in to the pregame show 15 minutes before each game's first pitch. Fans attending home games can listen to the Rice broadcast at Reckling Park via an FM proximity transmitter. The FM frequencies for the in-stadium broadcasts at Reckling Park is 99.7 FM. J.P. Heath is back for his seventh season as the regular voice of the Owls. Fellow Rice broadcasters like Alex Del Barrio are also scheduled to do selected games over the course of the season.

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98th Season On The Baseball Diamond
Rice Owl baseball made its debut in the spring of 1913, just one semester after the school (then The Rice Institute) opened its doors for higher education in the fall of 1912. The 2015 season is, however, only the Owls' 99th season playing on the diamond. The school cancelled its baseball season in 1919 and did not field a team for three years (1933-35) during the Great Depression. Rice returned to the diamond in the spring of 1936 and has been playing ever since. The Rice baseball program's all-time record is 1,951 - 1,531 - 9.

National Rankings Update • Owls Move Into Top 10
Rice is nationally-ranked in a host of different college baseball polls. The Owls are now in the Top 10 of three different polls. Here's a closer look at some of the latest national rankings, and changes from last week (as available at press time):
Poll                         Current    Previous
D1Baseball.com                 10          12
CollegeBaseballDaily.com       10          13
College Sports Madness         10          13
NCBWA                          11          14
Collegiate Baseball Magazine   12          13
Baseball America               14          15
PerfectGame.com                20          20

High RPI: No. 14 In 2014
If you have disdain for the politics of the various baseball polls and prefer the cold, hard math of the NCAA's Rating Power Index (RPI), you'll have to wait a little longer. The NCAA is not scheduled to release the updated RPI for a few weeks yet. A year ago the Owls had the No. 14 RPI in the nation.

Separate Tickets Need For Each Game Saturday!
Fans should be sure to note a separate ticket is required for each of the two games on Saturday. Reckling Park will be cleared between the two games. 

Head Coach Wayne Graham
Four-time national coach of the year and 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Graham (Texas, 1970) is in his 24th season at Rice. The 2015 campaign marks his 35th year as a collegiate head coach... He is now 1,044-423 with the Owls (622-156 at home, 325-206 on the road and 97-61 at neutral sites). His Rice winning percentage is .712, the best in school history. Another way of looking at Graham's .712 win percentage is that it is the equivalent of a major league team winning 115 games in a single year... Graham's record vs. this week's opponents is: 6-1 vs. SFA; 8-10 vs Stanford... Under Graham, the Owls clinched another postseason bid in 2014, making 20-straight seasons for Rice to earn an NCAA appearance. The Blue & Gray has advanced into the NCAA tournament in 1995-96-97-98-99-00-01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08-09-10-11-12-13-14. The 2003 bid culminated with the Owls' first national championship... Rice played in the 1994-95-96 Southwest Conference tournaments (winning the final league title in `96), won the 1997-98-99 WAC tournaments, shared the 2000 WAC title with San Jose State before winning the 2001-02-03-04-05 titles outright. He won (or shared) C-USA regular season crowns in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, as well as the C-USA tournament championships in `06, `07, `09, `11, `13   and `14... Graham was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 1998, `99, `02 and the Co-Coach of the Year in `03. He was named the Keith LeClair C-USA Coach of the Year in `06, his first year in the league, and again in `07, `08, `10 and `11... Rice has seven appearances in the NCAA College World Series under Graham (1997, `99, `02, `03, `06, `07, `08)... Graham has led the Owls to number-one rankings for seven weeks during the 1999 season, for six weeks during the `01 campaign, two weeks in `02, six weeks in 2003 (the last of which established some staying power), three weeks in 2004, 12 weeks in 2006 and five weeks in `07... Graham's San Jacinto Gators dominated the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., in the 1980s, winning five national titles in six years (1985-86-87, 89-90)... The Austin American-Statesman named Graham its SWC Coach of the Year in `95 after he led the Owls to their first NCAA tournament appearance...  Collegiate Baseball was especially cognizant of Graham's efforts at San Jac. He was named the newspaper's Coach of the Decade for all levels in the 1980s after winning those five junior college national titles, and CB tabbed him the NJCAA Coach of the Century... He was named the 2007 Division I college Coach of the Year by FieldTurf... One of the few current collegiate coaches to have played in the major leagues (N.Y. Mets in 1963, Philadelphia in 1964), Graham is aided by assistant coaches Patrick Hallmark (Rice, 1995, Brown College; tenth year), Clay Van Hook (Texas, 2008; fourth year) and Scott Shepperd (Concordia, 2007; third year)... On game days Van Hook coaches at third base while Shepherd coaches at first.

1,618 Wins • A Baseball Odyssey
Wayne Graham owns 1,044 Division I wins at Rice, but his career victories tally to 1,618 when you include his 11 years at San Jacinto North College where he won five national championships. Graham's overall "collegiate record" is 1,618-535 in a 33-year coaching career that began in 1981.

Starting Pitchers
Coach Graham announced Rice's probable starting pitcher for Stephen F. Austin true freshman right-hander Willy Amador (0-0, 4.91). The rest of the weekend rotation will be announced by coach Graham at a later time.
Willy Amador may be in his first season of Division I baseball, but he has already impressed coaches enough to earn his second career start. The Bryan, Texas, native made his Rice debut on Feb. 15 against No. 6 ranked Texas and struck out the only batter he faced. The 6-foot right-hander then made his first career start two days later against crosstown foe Houston Baptist and struck out five in 3.1 innings of a no-decision. He's held opposing hitters to a composite .286 average and maintained a 3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.

Reeves Named C-USA Hitter of the Week
IRVING, Tex. - Rice's John Clay Reeves has been named the Conference USA Baseball Hitter of the Week for Feb. 16-22, the league office announced Monday (Feb. 23) from its headquarters in Irving, Texas... Reeves hit safely in all four games last week, with multiple hits in all three Owls victories, including a key road series win for the league at Pac-12 foe Arizona. The senior catcher/DH went 10-for-18 (.556) at the plate to help the Owls go 3-1 last week. He finished the week with six RBI and two runs scored. Reeves drew a walk for a .579 on-base average, and he had a home run and a double for a .778 slugging percentage. On Feb. 17 against crosstown foe Houston Baptist, he blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 deadlock and lift Rice to an eventual 5-2 win. In the series finale at Arizona, Reeves tied his career-high with five hits and finished the day with three RBI. It is the third time in Reeves' collegiate career to be named the C-USA Hitter of the Week...The C-USA Pitcher of the Week honor went to Louisiana Tech junior left-hander Tyler Clancy. Clancy threw seven nearly perfect innings with only one hit allowed and five strikeouts in the Bulldogs home-opening victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff for his first collegiate win on the mound.

Previous Outing: Owls Claim Weekend Series At Arizona With Extra-Inning Win On Sunday
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rice rallied for two runs in the top of the tenth inning and then hung on for 6-4 road victory at Pac-12 foe Arizona Sunday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz. With the win the Owls claimed the weekend series two-games-to-one... Sunday's game looked eerily like it might be a repeat of Saturday's middle game of the series, where the Owls had 13 hits, but left 13 runners on base only to lose 7-6 on a late Arizona rally. The Owls hadn't had any problems with hitting, totaling another 16 Sunday to extend the squad's current streak of double-digit hits to all eight games this season. The team just hadn't always converted the baserunners to runs, and Sunday appeared to be following the trend - until the top of the tenth... With the score 4-4 to start the tenth, Ryan Chandler lined a leadoff double and hustled to third on Grayson Lewis' sacrifice bunt. The Arizona throw to third, however, was over the fielder's head and landed well into foul territory behind the base. Chandler sprinted home for the Owl lead and Lewis went to second. A wild pitch then sent Lewis to third, and he scored on John Clay Reeves' fifth base hit of the day to make it 6-4... The Owls had a little more breathing room with the extra run, but reliever Austin Orewiler did not need the insurance. The right-hander from Galveston notched a scoreless bottom of the inning to improve to 1-0 with his second career win. He fired a total of 3.1 scoreless innings on the day, allowing just one hit without any walks and striking out three... "Austin was terrific today, and we didn't want to waste that effort," said Rice head coach Wayne Graham. "We hit the ball well all day, and the whole series really, but key hits seemed to be a different story. We'd like to score more runs when we're hitting so well, but we scored enough today."... Rice continued a trend the team had enjoyed all weekend by quickly striking for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Ford Stainback and Leon Byrd belted back-to-back doubles for one run. Reeves followed with an RBI single for the second score, and the start of a 5-for-6 day with three RBI.... The Blue & Gray added another in the top of the second. Freshman Tristan Gray hustled to third on blast to right field. He scored by sliding under the throw to home on a ground ball with infield drawn-in to make it 3-0... Arizona got one run back in the bottom of the third. Justin Behnke drew a one-out walk and scored after consecutive base hits by Scott Kingery and Kevin Newman... The Owls answered in the top of the fourth. Kirby Taylor and Ryan Chandler hit safely to start it off. Taylor scored on Reeves' second RBI single to make the score 4-1. The Wildcats returned serve in its half of the inning. Zach Gibbons hit a one-out triple off the wall in left and scored on a ground out... Arizona tied the game, 4-4, with two in the bottom of the seventh. Sawer Gieseke was hit by a pitch and advanced on a sacrifice. Kingery lined an RBI single to center, and took second when Rice threw the ball home. The Owls continued to play aggressively and make a play at Kingery at second, but a high throw sailed in to the outfield allowing him to score the equalizing, albeit unearned, run... Orewiler entered the game in the bottom of the seventh, quickly extinguished the rally, and kept the Wildcats in check the rest of the way. Rice improved to 5-3 on the season. Arizona dropped to 6-2.

Big Opening Series
Rice baseball has a long-history of testing itself with some tough, but very popular, earl-season non-conference series - like opening weekend vs. Texas. The average attendance of that four-game series (4,297) crushed the previous best opening weekend attendance average in Reckling Park history from two years ago. Here's how some other opening weekends have added-up. (Note that many of the previous opening weekends were in a tournament format where the Owls played against three different opponents on consecutive days.)
    Year    1st Weekend    Average
    2015      *17,191       4,297
    2013       12,237       4,079
    2011       12,182       4,060
    2009       10,950       3,650
    2004       10,117       3,372
    2012        9,615       3,205
    2010        9,198       3,066

This & That
Rice enters the week hitting .345 as a team, and out-hitting opponents by more than 100 percentage points (.241). The Owls collected a season-high 16 hits in Sunday's series finale at Arizona, and also tallied a season-best six doubles in the contest... In the Friday series-opener at Arizona (Feb. 20), the Blue & Gray hit two triples in a game for the first time since the season-opener at Stanford one year ago (Feb. 14, 2014)... The Owl pitchers have maintained a composite 2.93 in 73.2 innings ... C-USA Preseason Pitcher of the Year Blake Fox worked another 6.0 innings in his Saturday start at Arizona, but earned a no-decision. His career collegiate record remains a perfect 19-0... Kevin McCanna has put together back-to-back solid outings in Friday night starts against Texas and Arizona. In 11.0 total innings of work McCanna has a 11 strikeouts, a 2.45 ERA and held opposing hitters to a composite .184 average... Freshman RHP Ricardo Salinas was back in the weekend rotation on Sunday at Arizona, where he pitched 5.2 frames to take over the early staff lead in innings (13.0). The rookie from Houston's Northshore High School has held opposing hitters to a .229 average... Redshirt junior RHP Jordan Stephens made his second appearance of the season Sunday at Arizona... Freshman transfer Josh Pettitte also made his collegiate debut Sunday against the Wildcats... As a staff the Owl pitchers have faced a bases-loaded situation ten times in eight games this season, but only once has an opposing hitter managed to hit safely. Rice hitters meanwhile are a combined 5-for-12 (.417) when batting with the bases-juiced... Somebody throw some water on senior OF/DH Kirby Taylor, who is now a combined 16-for-29 (.552) at the plate with seven runs scored and six RBI in six starts. The former Bellaire High School star also has four doubles for a .690 slugging percentage... True freshman Ryan Chandler made a splash in his first two weeks of Division I baseball. The rookie centerfielder batted leadoff and hit a combined .344 (11-for-32) with a team-leading nine runs scored, four doubles and a stolen base... Keep an eye on senior shortstop Leon Byrd, who went 4-for-8 with two doubles, two RBI, two walks and a sacrifice bunt in the final two games of the Arizona series.

Hitting Streaks Carrying Over
Because the NCAA recognizes hitting streaks carried-over from one college season to the next, senior Kirby Taylor officially has an 12-game hitting streak.

Friday Night's Game vs. Stanford One of Nine Radio Broadcasts This Season
Rice baseball returns to the radio airwaves for nine games in 2015 as part of an agreement between Rice IMG Sports Properties and ESPN Deportes Houston (1180 am). The slate of on-air games began with the season-opener vs. Texas. It was the first time since 2010 that Owls baseball has been available on radio. The nine games selected include six at home and three on the road, with five games slated for Fridays and four others on Tuesday nights. The Friday night opener vs. Stanford will next be broadcast, as will road contests with TCU (March 3) and Texas A&M (April 7). It also includes a pair of games with crosstown rivals Houston (April 14 & May 12). Each broadcast will be preceded by a 15-minute pregame show.

Conference Titles Streak Now At 19-Straight
Rice has won or shared a total of 19-straight conference championships (including either regular season and/or conference tournament titles) dating back to 1996. The streak covers membership in three different leagues beginning with the Southwest Conference (1996), to nine seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (1997-2005) and now nine C-USA titles in as many years. The Owls won the 2014 C-USA regular season title by a comfortable three-game margin, then completed the title sweep by taking the league tournament last in Hattiesburg, Miss. Here is a closer look at Rice's title run the last 19 years:
Year    Conf.    Regular Season    Conf. Tourney
2014    C-USA          1st             1st
2013    C-USA        tied 1st          1st
2012    C-USA          1st           tied 5th
2011    C-USA        tied 1st          1st
2010    C-USA          1st             2nd
2009    C-USA          2nd             1st
2008    C-USA          1st           tied 7th
2007    C-USA          1st             1st
2006    C-USA          1st             1st
2005     WAC           1st          no tourney
2004     WAC           1st          no tourney
2003     WAC           1st          no tourney
2002     WAC           1st          no tourney
2001     WAC           1st          no tourney
2000     WAC         tied 1st       no tourney
1999     WAC           1st             1st
1998     WAC      1st South Div.       1st
1997     WAC      1st South Div.       1st
1996     SWC         tied 6th          1st

National Postseason Streak At 20-Straight
Rice baseball's 20-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament is the nation's fourth-longest active streak. In 2014 Miami (Fla.) made the field for the 42nd-consecutive year, extending its own record, followed by Florida State (37) and Cal State Fullerton (23). Rice's 20-straight NCAA Tournament bids is the sixth-longest postseason streak in Division I baseball history.

Solid In C-USA Regular Season
Since its first Conference USA baseball campaign in the spring of 2006, Rice's regular-season record in C-USA league games is 169-53 (.761).

20-Straight 40-Win Seasons
Rice has clinched 20-straight seasons of posting at least 40 wins. `Forty' wins actually short-changes the feat a little. The Owls have secured at least 41 wins in 19 of the last 20 years.

The 2015 Conference USA Favorites
IRVING, Texas - With three preseason all-conference players, including the Owl battery of Blake Fox and John Clay Reeves as the respective 2015 Preseason Pitcher and Player of the Year, the Rice baseball team was picked to finish first in the league in the annual Conference USA head coaches' poll. All twelve of the C-USA head coaches voted Rice as the preseason favorite for 2015. Since joining the conference in 2006 the Owls have been the league favorite every year there has been a poll (officially nine-of-the-last-ten years as there was no coaches poll conducted in 2010). This season Owls return five offensive starters in the batting order and a host of veteran pitchers who helped lead last year's squad to a 42-20 overall record, the C-USA regular season and tournament titles, and to a home NCAA Regional at Reckling Park. Rice's veteran standouts, including Fox (Jr., LHP), Reeves (Sr., C), and fellow C-USA preseason honoree Matt Ditman (Jr., RHP), all have the full attention of the C-USA head coaches.

2015 PRESEASON BASEBALL AWARDS (selected by C-USA's head coaches)
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Rice (12)
2. FIU
3. Old Dominion
4. Southern Miss
5. UTSA
6. Florida Atlantic
7. UAB
8. Middle Tennessee
9. WKU
10. Marshall
11. Charlotte
12. Louisiana Tech
(first place votes in parentheses)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
John Clay Reeves, Rice (Senior, C)

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Blake Fox, Rice (Junior, Left-hander)

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Blake Fox Jr. Rice
P  Alex Luna Sr. UAB
P  Chris Mourelle So. FIU
RP  Matt Ditman Jr. Rice
John Clay Reeves Sr. Rice
IF  Josh Anderson Sr. FIU
IF  Ryan Church Sr. WKU
IF  P.J. Higgins Jr. Old Dominion
IF  Taylor Love Jr. Louisiana Tech
IF  Stephen Kerr So. Florida Atlantic
OF  Jared Allen Sr. Middle Tennessee
OF  Brendon Sanger Jr. Florida Atlantic
OF  Nick Walker So. Old Dominion
DH/UT  Matt Durst Sr. Southern Miss)

Take A Closer Look At Last Year
Rice had 20 losses in 2014, but a closer look is in order. More than one-third of the losses (7) were to teams that were nationally-ranked when the Owls faced them. Nine of the 20 losses were by a single run - of which three were in extra innings and another was in the bottom of the ninth. The final margin in 13 of the losses was two runs (or less). Also consider that the Owls saw a number of last season's star players, including Jordan Stephens, Zech Lemond, Shane Hoelscher, Leon Byrd and John Clay Reeves, all sidelined at various points during the season.

Winning Is Always In Fashion
For the fashion-minded, Rice's 2015 W-L records while wearing the various uniforms is as follows:
0-1 in all-white,
3-0 in the home alternate-1 (`birds'),
0-1 in the home alternate-2 (`Old English R'),
0-1 in all-gray,
1-0 in blue tops with pinstripe pants,
1-0 in the road alternate (`birds-gray').

Facing An Opponent Four Times
Rice and Texas played a four-game series, but it's not so unheard-of to play one team four times in a college season. When including the game in last season's NCAA Regional, Rice and Texas met a total of four times over the course of 2014. The Owls played three C-USA regular season games against FIU, Middle Tennessee and UTSA last season, and then added a fourth against those same teams near the end of the year in the conference tournament. A year ago Rice ended up playing league foe Old Dominion five times after meeting the Monarchs twice in the conference tournament. In two weeks the Owls play their second four-game series of season vs. national power Stanford.

Nine (9) Televised Games In Regular Season
The people in the business of selecting games for television broadcasts have a good idea of the teams the public want to see. So far nine Rice regular season games are slated for a TV broadcast and that number could still grow over the course of the year, not including a possible TV appearance in the championship final of the C-USA Tournament in late May. Here is Rice's "starting nine" in the upcoming TV lineup:
Feb. 20 (Fri.) at Arizona, PAC-12 Network;
Feb. 21 (Sat.) at Arizona, PAC-12 Network
Feb. 22 (Sun.) at Arizona, PAC-12 Network
Mar. 3 (Tues.) at TCU, FOXSSW+
Mar. 27 (Fri.) vs. Southern Miss, FOX Sports 1; 
Apr. 18 (Sat.) vs. UTSA, ASN
Apr. 26 (Sun.) at Western Kentucky, ASN
May 9 (Sat.) at Florida Atlantic, ASN
May 16 (Sat.) vs. FIU, FOX Sports Net

Rice Since 1999
Using the 1999 season as the starting point (the year the NCAA expanded the postseason tournament field to 64 teams with the current Super Regional format), Rice baseball has maintained one of the nation's top win percentages over the last 16 years. Here's a closer look at the country's winningest programs from 1999 to 2014 (totals do NOT include 2015 results):
Team              Years   Wins  Loses  Ties    PCT
Florida State        16    791    278    1    .740
Rice                 16    762    280    0    .731
North Carolina       16    729    301    1    .708
South Carolina       16    748    312    0    .706
Cal St. Fullerton    16    700    299    0    .701
Texas                16    717    314    1    .695
Arizona State        16    637    289    2    .688
LSU                  16    708    321    6    .687
Coastal Carolina     16    675    310    0    .685
Miami (Fla.)         16    682    313    3    .685
Oral Roberts         16    654    307    0    .681
Georgia Tech         16    676    329    1    .672
Wichita State        16    703    357    0    .663
Virginia             16    640    331    3    .659
Stanford             16    635    340    2    .651
Clemson              16    677    363    1    .651
Nebraska             16    632    342    2    .649
East Carolina        16    619    347    3    .640
Tulane               16    623    352    2    .639
Southern             16    474    272    0    .635
Florida Atlantic     16    609    351    1    .634
C. of Charleston     16    600    346    1    .634
Oregon State         16    585    338    0    .634
Oklahoma State       16    613    355    0    .633
TCU                  16    616    360    0    .631
Kent State           16    600    351    0    .631
Florida              16    633    373    2    .629
Notre Dame           16    596    353    5    .627
Mississippi          16    621    376    1    .623
Louisville           16    607    368    1    .622
Texas A&M            16    619    378    3    .621
Ohio State           16    587    359    1    .620
Vanderbilt           16    607    374    0    .619
UL-Lafayette         16    604    372    1    .619

Legends of the Fall
Registering consistent off-season performances in the program's fall training period is still one of the best ways to catch a coach's attention in college baseball, and the Owls' 2014 fall training was no exception. Newcomers like true freshmen Ricardo Salinas and Ryan Chandler turned in sound and solid outings to give themselves a possible wealth of playing time this spring. Salinas maintained a 2.35 ERA in 23.0 fall innings while striking out 17 with a .227 opponents' batting average. Chandler, a local prep star from Strake Jesuit, batted .294 while playing sensational defense in centerfield... Freshman Glenn Otto distinguished himself as a right-handed option on the mound... Junior shortstop Leon Byrd meanwhile showed perhaps the biggest improvement over the last calendar year while batting a team-best .431 with a .608 fall slugging percentage.

Owls Ink Eight In Early Signing Period
The Rice baseball program has signed eleven high school standouts in the early period who will join the team for the 2016 season. The list of newest Owls includes: Dominic DiCaprio, Zachary Esquivel, Kendal Jefferies, Gavin Johnson, Jackson Parthasarathy, Jay Proctor, Braden Rollins, Brent Schwarz, Jacob Simon, Cody Staab, and Lucas Wakamatsu. The group consists of four pitchers, two catchers, two infielders, an outfielder and two multi-position players who are versatile enough to contribute as both a pitcher and/or position player/hitter. All are from the high school ranks. Eight are from Texas and two are from the greater Houston area.

The Last Meeting
Stephen F. Austin2  
Rice3(10 inn.)
March 19, 2013
Reckling Park
Baseball Team Defeats Stephen F. Austin 3-2 In 10 Innings
Junior designated hitter Michael Aquino drove-in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning to lead the Rice baseball team past visiting Stephen F. Austin 3-2 Tuesday night at Reckling Park.



 

 

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