Baseball Team Opens Four-Game Homestand Tuesday Night vs. Houston

April 13, 2015

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April 14 (Tues.) 6:30 pm; Houston at Rice
Thunderstick Give-Away - The first 1,000 fans will receive Rice Thundersticks to cheer on your Owls!
90'S Night - Pull out the JNCO jeans and Tommy Hilfiger shirts and kick it old school with 90's night!
$3 Taco Night - Visit any Prince's concession stand for $3 tacos.
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April 17 (Fri.) 6:30 pm; UTSA at Rice
Social Media Night - Join us for the new Social Media Night. Live tweets will be uploaded to the videoboard throughout the game and a few lucky fans will be picked to live tweet, blog or post from the press box! Also don't miss the social media photo area and much more. For more information, call (713) 348-6930.
Recent Alumni Special - The Association of Rice Alumni and Rice Athletics invite recent alums to attend our Recent Alumni Happy Hour at Reckling Park. Join us at every Friday home game to enjoy Rice Baseball with fellow alums. The Happy Hour package includes your ticket to the game and a wristband for discounted beverage purchases in The Roost all evening long. Call the Marketing Office at (713) 348-6930 for details.
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April 18 (Sat.) 2 pm; UTSA at Rice
Autism Awareness Day - Join us in supporting Autism Awareness as the Owls partner with the Houston area chapter of Autism Speaks! A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the charity. Click here and use promo code "listen" to get your tickets now!
Kids Re-Take Over Tbe Ballpark - Presented by Houston Methodist, Owls Kids Club members will have the opportunity to work with Rice staff members in various game day roles including PA announcer, grounds crew, ticket takers and more. This is an exclusive benefit for Rice Owls Kids Club members. To join click here!
Health & Wellness Day - Be sure to sign up for the Flying Owl 5K and then come out to Reckling Park for our Health and Wellness vendor fair! Call the marketing office for details at (713) 348-6930!
Neighborhood Day - Discounted tickets for all surrounding Rice neighbors. Call the ticket office for details at (713) 348-OWLS!
No OwlVision this game due to telecast on American Sports Network.
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April 19 (Sun.) 1 pm; UTSA at Rice
Hispanic Heritage Day - Get to the Park early and enjoy a pregame party with music, art, culture, and fun for the whole family.
Methodist Trading Card Strip No. 4 - The first 750 fans will receive strip No. 4 of Rice Baseball Trading Cards, courtesy of Methodist!
Living Social Deal - Enjoy great deals through Living Social for this game! Click here for details!
Rice Owls Kids Club Day - Owls Kids Club members can receive a free ticket to this game with their membership. Enjoy inflatable, games and more in the Kids Zone. Click here for more information on the Owls Kids Club!
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Rice Baseball, 23-15 overall and 12-6 in Conference USA, returns home to Reckling Park on April 14 to begin a four-game homestand. The Owls host crosstown rival Houston Tuesday night in the second game of the season-long best-of-three series for the annual Silver Glove Trophy. First pitch vs. the Cougars (23-13) is set for 6:30 pm... Rice's homestand continues through the weekend (April 17-19) with C-USA league play. The Owls host state foe UTSA on Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Satuday's contest is slated for a live television broadcast on the American Sports Network (ASN).

Tuesday Night's Game vs Houston One of Nine Radio Broadcasts This Season
Rice Baseball returns to the radio airwaves Tuesday vs. Houston on ESPN Deportes Houston (1180 am). The contest is one of nine on-air games in 2015 as part of an agreement between Rice IMG Sports Properties and one of the city's fastest-growing sports stations. The slate of on-air games began with the season-opener vs. Texas. It was the first time since 2010 that the Owls had 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 season-opener vs. Texas, the series-opener vs. Stanford (Feb. 27), at TCU (Mar. 3) at home vs. LA Tech (March 13) were all 1180-broadcasts. The radio schedule also includes the next two games against Houston (April 14 & May 12). Each broadcast will be preceded by a 15-minute pregame show.

Audio Broadcasts - Catch Every Rice Baseball Game 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. 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. The veteran broadcaster has the call this weekend.

Watch C-USA Games On OwlVision All Access
This weekend's C-USA series is 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.

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, the baseball schedule page.

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.

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 1,969 - 1,543 - 9.

National Rankings Update · Owls No. 16
The Owls are as high as No. 16 in two different national 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
NCBWA 16 12
USA Today/ESPN 16 13
College Sports Madness tba 14
CollegeBaseballDaily.com tba 14
Baseball America nr 14
D1Baseball.com nr 15
Collegiate Baseball Magazine nr nr
PerfectGame.com nr nr

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 1,062-435 with the Owls (635-160 at home, 330-214 on the road and 97-61 at neutral sites). His Rice winning percentage is .709, the best in school history. Another way of looking at Graham's .709 win percentage is that it is the equivalent of a major league team winning 114 games in a single year... Graham's record vs. this week's opponents is: 79-31 vs. Houston; 14-2 vs UTSA... 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.

1,637 Wins · A Baseball Odyssey
Wayne Graham owns 1,062 Division I wins at Rice, but his career victories tally to 1,637 when you include his 11 years at San Jacinto North College where he won five national championships. Graham's overall "collegiate record" is 1,637-546 in a 33-year coaching career that began in 1981.


 

 

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