Rice Baseball Travels To Lamar Tuesday Night; Hosts ECU In Weekend Set March 11-13
The Rice baseball team (6-6 overall) is back on the road for a game at longtime rival Lamar on Tuesday (Mar. 7). Start time vs. the Cardinals (9-4) is set for 6 pm at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. The Owls then open a four-game homestand beginning on Friday (Mar. 14). The Blue & Gray host former conference rival East Carolina at Reckling Park in a three-game weekend series. Game times vs. the Pirates (8-3) are set for 6 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday and 12:30 pm on Sunday.
Play-By-Play Audio On The Web
Every Rice baseball game this season is scheduled for a live audio broadcast around the world on the Internet at RiceOwls.com. Tune-in to the pregame show 15 minutes before each game’s first pitch. J.P. Heath is in his eighth season as the regular voice of the Owls. Fellow Rice broadcaster Gerald Sanchez is also scheduled to do selected games over the course of the season.
Follow The Tweeting Rice Owls
The official Rice baseball Twitter account is @RiceOwlsBSB while the Rice Athletics department is @RiceOwlsdotcom. Twitter is perhaps the fastest way to get weather-related changes to the schedule/updated start times.
Live Stats On GameTracker
Links to live play-by-play text and statistics from every home game are posted on RiceOwls.com. Look for the GameTracker links on the Rice Athletics front page, the weekly series preview, and the baseball schedule page.
NCAA RPI Is On The Way; Owls No. 37 In 2015
If you have disdain for the politics of the various baseball polls and prefer the cold, hard math of the NCAA’s official Rating Power Index (RPI), you’ll have to wait a little longer. The NCAA is not scheduled to release the official RPI just yet. A year ago the Owls had the No. 37 RPI in the nation.
Watch Home Games Online Via OwlVision All-Access
Most 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. Games that have been selected for TV broadcasts alter the OwlVision availability.
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 25th season at Rice. The 2016 campaign marks his 36th year as a collegiate head coach... He is now 1,082-448 with the Owls (646-165 at home, 338-214 on the road and 98-67 at neutral sites). His Rice winning percentage is .707, the best in school history. Another way of looking at Graham’s .707 win percentage is that it is the equivalent of a major league team winning 114 games in a single year... Graham is 33-17 vs. Lamar... Under Graham, the Owls clinched another postseason bid in 2015, making 21-straight seasons for Rice to earn an NCAA appearance. The Blue & Gray has advanced into the NCAA tournament in 1995-96-97-98-99-00-01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08-09-10-11-12-13-14-15. 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, 2014 and 2015, 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 head 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; 11th year), Clay Van Hook (Texas, 2008; fifth year) and Scott Shepperd (Concordia, 2007; fourth year)... On game days Van Hook coaches at third base while Shepherd coaches at first.
1,657 Wins • A Baseball Odyssey
Wayne Graham owns 1,082 Division I wins at Rice, but his career victories tally to 1,657 when you include his 11 years at San Jacinto North College where he won five national championships. Graham’s overall “collegiate record” is 1,657-559 in a 35-year coaching career that began in 1981.
Here’s Who’s Hot
True freshman Ford Proctor has been right at home playing at the Division I level. Not only has the Beaumont, Texas, native hit safely in 11-straight games, he is 7-for-16 (.438) recently with four runs scored and two walks for a .500 on-base percentage... Charlie Warren continues to play well after earning a spot on the College Classic All-Tournament Team (Feb. 28). In his last three games Warren is batting .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base... In the last two games Dane Myers went a combined 3-for-6 with two RBI, two runs scored, a walk and sacrifice fly... In the same stretch senior Grayson Lewis is 3-for-7 (.429) with two runs scored and an RBI. He’s also walked once and been hit by a pitch for a .556 on-base average.
Winning Is Always In Fashion
For the fashion-minded, Rice’s 2016 W-L records while wearing the various uniforms is as follows:
2-2 in all-white
1-3 in pinstripes
1-0 in blue tops with white pants
1-0 in blue tops with pinstripe pants
1-1 in gray ‘birds’ tops
Previous Game: Rice Holds-Off UCF Rally To Win 13-10
HOUSTON – The Rice baseball team held-off a late rally to notch a 13-10 victory over visiting UCF Sunday afternoon in Houston... With the win Rice claimed the three-game weekend series from the Knights two games to one. Where the first two games of the series featured a pair of back-to-back pitching duels, the hitters for both teams were ready to shine Sunday. Not only did the squads combined for 23 runs on 28 hits, the heavy slugfest went all the way to the final bell... UCF jumped on the scoreboard for four runs in the top of the first inning. The Owls answered with two in the second, but the Knights were back up by four again in the third after Kam Gellinger’s single drove in two more to make the score 6-2... The Owls came right back with four runs on a walk and four-consecutive hits in the bottom of the frame to tie it, 6-6. Rice then exploded for six runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend the margin to 13-6. The Blue & Gray added another four base hits and took advantage of four walks and a hit-batsman for its biggest-offensive inning of the young season... The Knights continued to fight, and chipped away for a run in the eighth before making things interesting in the ninth. UCF rallied for three runs with two out before freshman pitcher Jackson Parthasarathy closed out a 13-10 final with the potential tying run at the plate... Freshman Ford Proctor went 3-for-5 and scored three times to lead Rice’s season-best 13-hit attack. The trio of Grayson Lewis, Dane Myers and Dayne Wunderlich all had two hits and combined for another seven runs. Wunderlich also added a career-best three RBI. Overall the Owls were an efficient 10-for-21 (.476) when batting with men on base, and an even better 8-for-14 (.571) with men were in scoring position... Almost lost in all the offensive fireworks was a sensational relief appearance from sophomore Glenn Otto in the middle of the contest. The right-hander from Spring scattered four singles and stuck out eight in 5.0 innings of work. It was Otto’s second-longest outing, with the second-highest strikeout total, of his collegiate career. He improved to 1-0 while Parthasarathy posted his first career save.
Two More Games Picked Up By TV, Total Now Five Overall
Two more Rice baseball games have been selected for a television broadcast for the upcoming 2016 season under the FOX Sports banner. The Owls’ April 22 contest at C-USA foe Southern Miss is now a TV game. The second selection is the May 13 home game vs. Florida Atlantic. Note the start time for both is now 7 pm due to the respective broadcasts on Fox Sports 2... The Owls also had three College Classic games televised by ROOT Sports.
Conference Titles Streak Now At 20-Straight
Rice’s streak of consecutive conference titles is 20-straight years (just one behind its NCAA streak)... The Owls have won or shared a total of 20-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 ten C-USA titles in as many years. The Owls won the 2015 C-USA regular season title by a comfortable 2.5-game margin. Here is a closer look at Rice’s title run the last 20 years:
Year Conf. Regular Season Conf. Tourney
2015 C-USA 1st tied 7th
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 21-Straight
Rice baseball’s 21-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament is the nation’s fourth-longest active streak. In 2015 Miami (Fla.) made the field for the 43rd-consecutive year, extending its own record, followed by Florida State (38) and Cal State Fullerton (24). Rice’s 21-straight NCAA Tournament bids is also now tied for the fourth-longest postseason streak in Division I baseball history (after Clemson saw its 21-year regional streak snapped in 2008).
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 17 years. Here’s a closer look at the country’s winningest programs from 1999-2015 (this listing do not include games played in 2016):
Team Years Wins Loses Ties PCT
Florida St. 17 835 299 1 .736
Rice 17 799 302 0 .726
North Carolina 17 763 325 1 .701
South Carolina 17 780 337 0 .698
Cal St. Fullerton 17 739 324 0 .695
LSU 17 762 333 6 .695
Miami (FL) 17 732 330 3 .689
Texas 17 747 341 1 .686
Coastal Caro. 17 714 331 0 .683
Oral Roberts 17 695 323 0 .683
Arizona St. 17 672 312 2 .683
Georgia Tech 17 708 352 1 .668
Virginia 17 684 355 3 .658
Nebraska 17 666 365 2 .646
Clemson 17 709 392 1 .644
Col.of Charleston 17 645 361 1 .641
East Carolina 17 659 369 3 .641
TCU 17 667 375 0 .640
Stanford 17 659 372 2 .639
Florida Atlantic 17 651 370 1 .637
Oregon St. 17 624 356 1 .637
Florida 17 685 391 2 .636
Tulane 17 658 377 2 .635
Oklahoma St. 17 651 375 0 .635
Texas A&M 17 669 392 3 .630
Louisville 17 654 386 1 .629
Wichita St. 17 660 390 0 .629
Kent St. 17 631 373 0 .628
Notre Dame 17 633 376 5 .627
Southern 17 494 295 0 .626
Vanderbilt 17 658 395 0 .625
Ohio St. 17 622 379 1 .621
UL-Lafayette 17 646 395 1 .620
Southern Miss. 17 636 390 1 .620