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Mar. 30 (Tues.) 6:30 pm; Rice at Lamar
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April 1 (Thurs.) 6:30 pm; Houston at Rice
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Game Promotion: Come sit back and relax at the Rice Baseball LuOWL. Wear your Hawaiian gear, enjoy a Rice Baseball game, and get $3 beers at the Roost! The first 1000 fans in attendance will receive a blue lei! Stick around after the game to receive Rice insulated tote bags compliments of H.E.B.!

April 2 (Fri.) 6:30 pm; Houston at Rice
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Game Promotion: Get to the game early and receive a Rice rally towel, courtesy of Memorial Hermann.

April 3 (Sat.) 2 pm; Houston at Rice
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Game Promotion: Rice fans--get a keepsake of your favorite Rice baseball players! Fans will receive the 1st of 5 strips of baseball trading cards courtesy of Fidelity Investments. Featured on this strip will be Jeremy Rathjen, Geoff Perrott, Mike Ojala, and Chad Mozingo! Kids--because there's no Sunday game this week, you will get to go on the field for the National Anthem and run the bases after the game on a Saturday!

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    Owls Wrap-Up Road Swing; Host Houston Thursday Night
    The Rice baseball team, 13-12 overall and 1-2 in Conference USA action, is on the last stage of a rugged stretch of eight-straight road games. The Owls play at longtime rival Lamar on Tuesday night (Mar. 30). First pitch with the Cardinals is set for 6:30 pm at Vincent Beck Stadium on the Lamar campus. The contest marks the end of eight-consecutive road games for the Blue & Gray dating back to March 19... Rice returns home to the friendly confines of Reckling Park on Thursday (April 1) for the opener of a three-game Conference USA series against crosstown rival Houston. The Thursday-Saturday series is a change to the schedule from some earlier listings. Game times with the Cougars are set for 6:30 pm on Thursday and Friday. Both those games are to be broadcast on cable television's Comcast Sports Southwest. The C-USA series concludes on Saturday at 2 pm.

    Audio Broadcasts
    Every Rice baseball game is broadcast live around the world on the Internet at RiceOwls.com and KTRU.org. Tuesday's game at Lamar will air on the radio in the Houston area on KTRU (91.7 FM). For on-line listeners there is a direct connection to the audio feed provided at the above links. The Rice broadcasting tag-team this season is J.P. Heath and David Brady.

    Live Stats On GameTracker
    Live play-by-play text and statistics from every Rice game will be posted on RiceOwls.com. Look for the GameTracker links on either the Rice Athletics front page, the weekly series preview or the baseball schedule page.

    National Ranking Update • Rice In A National Top 30
    Rice is ranked 28th in the country in the latest PINGBaseball.com poll. The Owls are receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' poll. As of presstime, the current 2010 national rankings by the various baseball polls is as follows:
    28th PINGBaseball.com
    RV USA Today/ESPN
    RV National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assoc.
    Baseball America
    Collegiate Baseball
    PGCrosschecker.com
    Rivals.com

     

     

    Head Coach Wayne Graham
    Four-time national coach of the year and Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Graham (Texas, 1970) is in his 19th season at Rice. The 2010 season marks his 30th year as a collegiate head coach... In 2009 he won his 800th game at the helm of the Rice program. He is now 843-329 with the Owls (514-112 at home, 251-171 in road games and 78-46 at neutral sites). His Rice winning percentage is .719, the best in school history. Another way of looking at Graham's .719 win percentage is that it is the equivalent of a major league team winning 117 games in a single year... Graham's record this week's opponents is as follows: vs. Lamar 26-14 (18-6 at home, 8-8 road)... vs. Houston 62-25 (36-7 at home, 25-18 road, 1-0 neutral)... Under Graham, the Owls clinched another postseason bid in 2009, making 15-straight seasons for Rice to earn an NCAA appearance. 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 the C-USA regular season crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as the C-USA tournament championships in `06, `07 and `09. Rice has advanced into the NCAA tournament in 1995-96-97-98-99-00-01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08-09... 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 and `08... 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 Mike Taylor (Prairie View A&M, 1997; tenth year), David Pierce (Houston, 1988; eighth year), Patrick Hallmark (Rice, 1995; fifth year)... Taylor coaches at third base this year while Hallmark coaches at first base.

    1,418 Wins • A Baseball Odyssey
    Wayne Graham owns 843 career wins at Rice, but his career victories tally to 1,418 when you include his 11 years at San Jacinto North College where he won five national championships. Graham's overall collegiate record is 1,418-442 in a 30-year career that began in 1981.

    Consider This
    To help place Coach Graham's achievements in perspective, consider that Rice started its baseball program in 1913 and in the 77 seasons where there are verified won-loss records (Rice is missing a few W-L totals from those early days), the Owls won a total of 838 games. In the 18+ years since 1992 when Graham was named the head coach, the Owls have won 843 games. It's only taken Graham 18+ years to accomplish essentially what it took the program more than three-quarters of a century to do before he got here.

    Did You Know?
    Rice is 1-2 to start conference play, but in 2005 the Owls were swept by Western Athletic Conference foe San Jose State in their first conference series of that season. The Owls bounced back from that 0-3 conference start to win the league's championship and advance to an NCAA Super Regional.

    Probable Rice Pitchers
    Wayne Graham announced the Owls' probable starting pitcher for the Lamar game as senior right-hander Mike Ojala (0-0, 5.40). A start would be Ojala's first of the year and first since the 2009 Super Regional at LSU. In his career Ojala is 12-0 with 149 career strikeouts in 134.2 innings... Lamar announced its starting pitcher as junior right-hander Blake Ford.

    C-USA Ticket Packs Now Available
    Rice hosts its first Conference USA regular season games this week at Reckling Park. C-USA baseball ticket packs are now available on-line! With C-USA packs fans may purchase great tickets to each Rice home game against an upcoming C-USA home opponent Houston (Apr. 1-3), East Carolina (Apr. 23-25), Southern Miss (May 14-16), and UAB (May 20-22) - a total of 12 games in all. C-USA packs for seats behind home plate on the upper concourse level are $100. C-USA packs for seats on the upper concourse level on the first and third-base sides are $80. Order C-USA Packs On-line here.

    Previous Outing: Owls Top Memphis Saturday On The Road, 13-4
    MEMPHIS -- The Rice baseball team clubbed 23 hits, including home runs by Anthony Rendon, Diego Seastrunk and Jimmy Comerota, for a 13-4 Conference USA victory over Memphis in the second game of a league double-header Saturday evening (Mar. 27) at FedEx Park on the Memphis campus in Tennessee. Rice and Memphis split the Saturday twinbill after the Tigers rallied for an 8-7 win in game one earlier in the afternoon... Eight of the nine Owl starters collected at least two hits in game two. Freshman second baseman Michael Ratterree went 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI. Rendon, Rick Hague and Chad Mozingo all had three hits in the game and the trio combined to score six runs. Rendon knocked his team-leading tenth homer of the season as well as a double to drive in a total of four runs... Mozingo led off the game with a double and scored on Ratterree's first hit of the game. Ratterree scored on a sacrifice fly by Seastrunk to make 2-0. The Blue & Gray then batted around to score five in the top of the second. The big blow was a three-run homer by Rendon, the 30th of his young career to move him into sole possession of tenth place on the Rice's all-time homer list... The Owls scored three in the third to take a 10-2 lead. Comerota connected for a two-run homer in the fourth to give Rice its largest lead of the day at 12-2. The longball was his third of the year. Seastrunk hit a solo shot for the Owls' 13th and final run. The round-tripper was Seastrunk's second of the season and the 16th in his career... Almost lost in all the offensive fireworks was a solid start on the mound by senior right-hander Jared Rogers. The Duncanville, Tex., native worked a season-long 7.1 innings and struck out four without walking any... The victory was just what the team needed after a heartbreaking loss in game one of the double-header. In the matinee, Memphis rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim an 8-7 come-from behind win.

    Crowded House
    The March 16 home crowd of 5,469 to see Rice host Texas was the second-largest in Reckling Park history. The attendance record of 6,193 was set against Texas on St. Patrick's Day last season.

    Rendon Delivers
    After being carried off the field with an ankle injury last season in the Baton Rouge Super Regional, sophomore third baseman Anthony Rendon has the full attention of the opposition. Rendon is 27-for-77 (.351) with ten home runs and four doubles for an .792 slugging percentage. Surely Rendon has more than 77 official at bats in 25 games?? Nope. The Owl slugger has already been walked 35 times and hit by a pitch twice for a .557 on-base percentage. On Mar. 3 at Texas State he batted leadoff for the first time in his Rice career and drew three walks with a run-scored. He hit his tenth homer of the season, and the 30th of his career, last weekend against Memphis. He also has been known to bring the fans to their feet with some spectacular defensive plays. In the win over Nebraska he broke a 3-3 tie by delivering the game-winning RBI with a double in the bottom of the eighth inning. Rendon needs only one more RBI for 100 in his Rice career.

    Career Longball Leaders
    It was only going to be a matter of time before Anthony Rendon broke into the Rice top ten for career home runs. With his 30th round-tripper on March 27 at Memphis, he claimed sole possession of tenth place on the Owls' all-time home run list. The sophomore standout from nearby Lamar High School has some reachable targets directly ahead of him, who also happen to be some of the most prominent players in Rice baseball history. Rice's top ten career sluggers are as follows:
    1. 67, Lance Berkman (1995-97)
    2. 59, Bubba Crosby (1996-98)
    3. 43, Jose Cruz Jr. (1993-95)
    4. 42, Eric Arnold (1999-2002)
    T 5. 39, Jay Knoblauh, (1985-88)
    T 5. 39, Aaron Luna (2006-2008)
    7. 37, Damon Thames (1998-99)
    8. 33, Jacques Landry (1995-96)
    9. 32, Enrique Cruz (2001-03)
    10. 30, Anthony Rendon (2009-current)

    Walk This Way
    Here's a quick, but unofficial, look at how some of the NCAA Division I leaders for walks are shaping-up so far this season. At this rate, Anthony Rendon will walk away with the mythical walks crown.
    Rank, Player, Team, BB
    1. Anthony Rendon, Rice, 35
    2. Dan Gulbransen, Jacksonville, 28
    3. Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington, 27
    3. Packy Elkins, Belmont, 27
    3. Christopher Auten, New Mexico State, 27
    6. A. J. Kirby-Jones, Tennessee Tech, 26
    6. Donnie Corsner, Old Dominion, 26
    9. Brian Harris, Vanderbilt, 24
    9. Charles Smith, Texas Southern, 24
    9. Ben Magsig, Eastern Michigan, 24
    9. Kyle Roller, East Carolina, 24
    9. Chris Bangi, Campbell, 24

    Craig "The Man" Manuel
    Sophomore catcher Craig Manuel has proved to be one of the team's hottest hitters the past 13 games. Since March 5, Manuel's .447 batting average (17-for-38) is the highest on the team and he's also tie for third in RBI (12). Not only does the receiver from Satellite Beach, Fla., share the team lead with four doubles in the last 16 games, he also has a triple for a .605 slugging percentage. Manuel recently had a career-best nine-game hitting streak and he is one of the most dependable clutch hitters on the team. This season he is 7-for-16 when batting with runners in scoring position (.438).

    The Fuda Fighter
    Sophomore Michael Fuda is also off to a great start, going 40-for-105 with two home runs, three triples and four doubles for a .533 slugging percentage. Fuda has also walked 11 times, been hit by a pitch twice (.449 OB%), and is tied for second on the team lead in runs scored (24). The former two-sport standout from Katy, Tex., began the year with a 13-game hitting streak that dated back to last season.

    Hague Heating Up
    Junior shortstop Rick Hague enters the week batting at a .327 pace thanks to hitting safely in 17 of his last 52 at bats. The standout from Klein Collins High School has also knocked two home runs and three doubles during the current stretch for a .500 slugging percentage. In addition to the hot hitting stroke, Hague has unselfishly executed a team-high three sacrifice bunts in the Owls' last 13 games.

    Ratterree Rakes
    Freshman second baseman Michael Ratterree has stepped-up his offensive output as of late. Since March 13 Ratterree is 14-for-36 (.389) with three doubles for a .472 slugging percentage. The local standout from Memorial High School has also scored 13 runs and maintained a .511 on-base percentage in the Owls' last 10 games. Defensively he's started or turned eight of the team's nine double plays in that span.

    Seastrunk Returns
    Senior Diego Seastrunk came up with a big, bases-loaded two-out hit in the top of the ninth in the finale of the San Diego series to help lift the Owls to victory. Rice certainly welcomed his return to duty after missing 12 earlier games due to an injury. The veteran from Channelview High School owns 234 hits at Rice and he is a .315 career hitter. Over the weekend at Memphis, Seastrunk reached a milestone of playing in his 200th career game as an Owl.

    This & That
    Senior Jimmy Comerota has hit all of his three triples since March 7. Comerota is now the Owls' active leader with eight triples, the most since Jared Gayhart finished with nine triples in 2008. Comerota now only needs two more at bats to give him 500 in his Rice career... At Memphis, junior right-fielder Chad Mozingo scored the 100th run and junior shortstop Rick Hague knocked the 40th double of their respective Rice careers... For the fashion followers out there, Rice is 5-2 in its all-white uniforms, 4-1 in the pinstripes, 2-7 in all-gray, 1-0 when wearing a blue top with white pants, and 1-2 when wearing a blue top with gray pants... In addition to the season-high three home runs in the 13-4 win over Memphis, the Owls also hit a season-best five doubles for a new season-high 37 total bases.

    For The Record
    After two close losses to Cal to open the four-game series March 11-12, Rice turned the tide and defeated the Golden Bears by a score of 26-11 on March 13. The 26 runs tied for the fifth-highest single-game total in school history and players set a host of team and individual season-highs up and down the batting order. The Owls collected 24 hits on the day, one of the highest marks in school history. Sophomore Anthony Rendon finished with two home runs, including a grand slam, on the way to an eight-RBI afternoon - the most by an Owl since 2002. Shortstop Rick Hague reached base seven consecutive times in the game, a feat that has been accomplished at Rice only three other times. The impressive names on that All-America list includes eventual major leaguers Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz Jr., and Bubba Crosby.

    98th Season Since The Start; 95th Season On The Field
    The 2010 season marks the 98th year since Rice played baseball for the first time. Rice Owls baseball made its debut in the spring of 1913, just one semester after Rice opened its doors for higher education in the fall of 1912. The 2010 season is, however, only the Owls' 95th season on the diamond. The school did not field a baseball 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.

    Wall & Rathjen Named To All-College Classic Team
    The Owls' sophomore tandem of left-handed pitcher Taylor Wall and outfielder/DH Jeremy Rathjen were both named to the 2010 College Classic All-Tournament team March 7 at Minute Maid Park. Rathjen batted .333 with a double, RBI, run scored, walk and sacrifice bunt. Wall faced No. 3 ranked Texas and allowed just two runs on five hits in 7.1 innings while striking out eight.

    Owl Newcomers Abound
    Eight new Owls made their Division I debut on the road at Stanford and two more played for the first time in the first home weekend at Reckling Park. Another freshman made his debut against Cal making it 11 new faces who have seen action this year. One newcomer, second baseman Michael Ratterree, hit a home run in his first collegiate at bat and finished the Owls' home tournament with two round-trippers. Like Rendon, he quickly got on the Cardinal radar and was walked five times. Ratterree was the first Rice freshman to homer in his first at bat since Aaron Luna in 2006. One of the freshman pitchers of note is rookie Tyler Duffey, who has 20 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

    At Bat Flex Packs Now Available
    HOUSTON -- Single game tickets for the 2010 Rice baseball season are now available through the At Bat Flex Packs, the Rice Ticket office announced... The Flex Packs are a convenient and economic way for fans to purchase tickets of their choice, including on-line purchases. The Flex Packs are available in four options; the single, double, triple and home run. Here's what they deliver:
    Single - eight tickets for $60
    Double - 12 tickets for $80
    Triple - 16 tickets for $100
    Home Run - 20 tickets for $120
    Flex Pack fans will be sent vouchers that can be redeemed for printed tickets at the Rice ticket office or at the Reckling Park ticket window the day of the game. The vouchers may be used all at one game, or spread out over several games. For example, with the Single Pack, a fan and a friend can go to four games, bring a group of eight to one game, or get one ticket to eight different games, etc.... Fans are encouraged to specify the games they would like to attend when they order online or by phone. Otherwise, fans will receive vouchers that can be redeemed during ticket office business hours or at Reckling Park on the day of a game while supplies last... Tickets purchased with the Flex Packs will be in Concourse 2 at Reckling Park, with the exception of games against Texas (March 16) and the University of Houston (March 2 & April 1-3), which will be general admission... For more information, call the Rice Ticket Office at 713-522-OWLS. Link directly to Rice Ticket Page.

    At Sign Up For "Dollars For Dingers"
    HOUSTON - Owl fans are encouraged to support Rice Athletics by signing up for the 2010 edition of the Dollars for Dingers program, the Athletics Development Office announced on Friday (Feb. 12). Signing up on-line at at this link is easy and secure... With the start of the 2010 baseball season fast-approaching (Feb. 19), Dollars for Dingers is a fun way to support Rice student-athletes. The popular program ties the total number of Owl home runs hit during the season to a financial contribution from our fans. Last year, participants in the Dollars for Dingers program contributed more than $20,000 to the Owl Club Scholarship Fund supporting all of Rice's student-athletes... Rice invites fans to make your pledge today as the Owls try to eclipse last year's home run total of 71. The Development Office will keep track of the count all the way through the College World Series, and let fans know their gift amount at the end of the season. Every pledge of $2 or more qualifies participants for a special souvenir... The baseball team will again be swinging for the fences this year. On behalf of the student-athletes who benefit from your generosity, Rice sends its deepest appreciation and hopes the wind is blowing our way each time the Owls are up to bat!

    Anthony Rendon Invited To Team USA Tryouts
    HOUSTON - Rice third-baseman Anthony Rendon has been named one of the early invitees to the 2010 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held in Cary, North Carolina, later this summer. The Owls' sophomore slugger will have a chance to represent his country and Rice as a member of Team USA in games against international competition... USA Baseball, the United States' governing body for international baseball competition, announced the first 11 of 36 eventual invitees to the 2010 National Team Trials. The Trials will be held at the national training complex in Cary, N.C. The invitees will compete for a spot on the final 22-man roster to be announced in June... Rendon is a Houston native who, after a sensational freshman campaign for the Owls, has already garnered a host of individual accolades including preseason All-America and preseason Conference USA player of the year... The Team USA try-out invitation is Rendon's second in as many years. He had to decline the 2009 invitation, however, when he suffered an injury in the Owls' last game of the season in the NCAA Super Regional. Rendon was sidelined but his current teammate on the left side of the Owl infield, shortstop Rick Hague, was also a 2009 try-out camp invitee who made the U.S. national team. Hague went on to share the Team USA lead in hitting (.429) on its international tour last summer... "We are thrilled to have Anthony as part of our trials in 2010," said National Team General Manager Eric Campbell. "His freshman season was incredible, and we look forward to watching him have another great year at Rice alongside Rick Hague, who was a key performer for us in 2009."

    Rendon joins fellow sophomores Sonny Gray (P, Vanderbilt), Danny Hultsen (P/IF, Virginia), Matt Jensen (IF, Cal Poly), Mikie Mahtook (OF, LFU), Brad Miller (IF, Clemson), Austin Nola (P, LSU), Matty Ott (P, LSU), Tyler Pill (P/OF, Cal State Fullerton), Nick Ramirez (IF/P, Cal State Fullerton) and Kyle Winkler (P, TCU) as Team USA's early invitees. The 2010 national team will be managed by Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg with Cal State Fullerton's Dave Serrano (pitching), San Francisco's Nino Giarrantano and St. John's Ed Blankmeyer serving as assistant coaches... With Hague as the most-recent national team member, a total of 11 Owls have played on ten different Team USA squads. Recent major league draft pick Ryan Berry pitched for Team USA in 2007. Two Owl greats, Josh Rodriguez and Joe Savery, both made the national team as sophomores in 2005.

    Preseason All-America Accolades For Rendon & Hague
    DURHAM, N.C.-- The left side of the Rice baseball team's infield, sophomore third baseman Anthony Rendon and junior shortstop Rick Hague, were both named preseason All-America selections by Baseball America magazine, the publication announced Feb. 5 from its headquarters in Durham, NC... Rendon is on the preseason All-America first team while Hague is a second-team honoree. Baseball America polled major league scouting directors, who voted on the team and made their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential... Earning baseball accolades is nothing new for Rendon. He is also a preseason All-America from the NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball magazine and Rivals.com to name a few. In 2009 he was a national semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy as the nation's top college player and the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur player. The local standout from nearby Lamar High School became the first player in Conference USA history to be named both the Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season. The Owls' young slugger is one of only two sophomores on Baseball America's first team... Rendon led C-USA in batting average (.388), slugging percentage (.702) and home runs with a Rice freshman record of 20 round-trippers. He was also tops on the team and among the league's best in RBI (72). In addition to knocking 14 doubles and scoring 60 runs in 61 games, Rendon drew 31 walks for a .406 on-base average. He was named the C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Owls to the championship title... Hague caught the world's attention after a stellar summer of baseball representing his country and Rice playing for the United States National Team on its international goodwill tour. He shared the Team USA lead in hitting and earned the Best Hitter Award at the World Baseball Challenge held in Canada. Always a steady fielder, last season Hague was the Owls' shortstop for all but four of the team's 542.2 innings (99.3 percent)... Baseball America's preseason All-America team has proved to be an accurate predictor of both team and individual success. Eleven of the 15 college players drafted in the first round last June appeared on the magazine's preseason All-America list--eight of them on the first team. For the second year in a row, 11 of the 2009 preseason All-Americans played for teams that reached the College World Series.

    The C-USA Favorites
    IRVING, Tex. - With sophomore third baseman Anthony Rendon tabbed as the 2010 Conference USA Preseason Baseball Player of the Year, he and fellow Rice Owls Rick Hague, Chad Mozingo and Taylor Wall were all named preseason all-conference in a recent poll of C-USA's nine head coaches, the league office announced... The announcement of the C-USA coaches' poll was just two days before the Owls held their first practice of the season on Jan. 29. Rice and East Carolina both had four preseason honorees, the most of any school in the annual coaches' survey... Outfielder Chad Mozingo batted .383 in C-USA games last season and .357 in the Owls' run through the NCAA Regional. He finished second on the squad in doubles (16), and was just one double from the team leader despite having 38 fewer at bats. Mozingo was third on the team in slugging percentage (.523), RBI (50) and triples (3)... As a freshman pitcher last season Taylor Wall was named the most outstanding player of the NCAA Regional at Reckling Park. The left-hander worked his way into a regular spot in the weekend rotation and eventually led the Owls' elite pitching staff in starts (15), innings pitched (94.1) and strikeouts (77).

    2010 PRESEASON BASEBALL AWARDS
    (as selected by C-USA's head coaches)

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Anthony Rendon
    , Rice (Sophomore, 3B)

    PITCHER OF THE YEAR
    Todd McInnis, Southern Miss (Junior, rhp)

    ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
    P, Seth Maness Jr. East Carolina
    P, Todd McInnis Jr. Southern Miss
    P, Taylor Wall So. Rice
    RP, Collin Cargill Jr.. Southern Miss
    C, Jeremy Schaffer So. Tulane
    IF, Victor Gomez Jr. Marshall
    IF, Rick Hague Jr. Rice
    IF, Blake Kelso Jr. Houston
    IF, Jonathan Merritt Sr. UAB
    IF, Anthony Rendon So. Rice
    OF, Devin Harris Jr. East Carolina
    OF, Chad Mozingo Jr. Rice
    OF, Trent Whitehead Jr. East Carolina
    DH/Util., Kyle Roller Sr. East Carolina

    Welcome Back Rice Baseball Alumni
    HOUSTON -- Over 100 Rice baseball lettermen, from as far back as the 1940s to the recent College World Series teams, were on hand Feb. 6 at Reckling Park as the Rice Owls baseball program celebrated its rich heritage with its biennial Alumni Game... A host of former players, many still playing professionally and some who were in the major leagues in 2009 like Paul Janish and Jeff Niemann, came home to Reckling Park to renew friendships and see old teammates. In an exhibition game between two alumni teams, the former players showed they were still able to bring the heat and swing for the fences like they did when they wore the Blue & Gray... After the alumni had their exhibition game, some of the heavy-hitting pros took on the Owls' young varsity in home run derby. San Diego Padres farmhand Adam Zornes stormed past his alumni teammates Mark Quinn and Jake Baker for the right to meet current all-America slugger Anthony Rendon in the derby's championship round. In the prelims Zornes put on an impressive display with eight homers, including one that sailed over the top of the centerfield screen. It was more of the same in the derby's championship final as Zornes defeated Rendon by a HR count of 7 to 2... After the home run derby, the varsity gave the attending fans a sneak peak at the 2010 Owls with a Blue-Gray scrimmage. It was a fun day for all.
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