Owls Meet San Francisco In Opening Game of Eugene Regional
May 27, 2013
May 31 (Fri.) 4:06 pm Central Time (2:06 Pacific); Rice vs. San Francisco
Game televised by ESPN3
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Rice Baseball Returns To NCAA Regional Action; Owls Play This Weekend In Eugene, Oregon
The nationally-ranked Rice baseball team, 41-17 overall and the Conference USA regular season and tournament champion, is back in the NCAA Tournament this week as regional play begins at 16 sites across the country in a double-elimination format. The Owls travel to Eugene, Oregon, for the opening round... Rice is the No. 2 seed of the regional and scheduled to meet the University of San Francisco (34-22) at 4 pm Central Time in first round action on Friday, May 31. The Regional's No. 1 seed, Oregon (45-14) and No. 4 seed, South Dakota State (35-22) complete the four-team field. The Ducks and Jackrabbits meet Friday at Oregon's PK Park at 8 pm (Central)... The game times for Saturday (June 1) are also 4 pm and 8 pm, with the early game serving as an elimination game. Sunday's games are 2 pm (elimination) and 6 pm (possible championship). If the Regional champion has not been determined after Sunday night's game, there will be one extra game played on Monday (June 3) at 6 pm if necessary... The 16 Regional winners advance to play in one of eight best-of-three Super Regionals getting under way the following week (June 7-10). The Eugene Regional is paired with the Raleigh, N.C., Regional. The 67th Baseball College World Series begins play the week after that, June 14, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Watch The Regional Games On ESPN3
Rice's opening game against San Francisco will be televised on ESPN3. In fact all NCAA regional games are slated for a broadcast by an ESPN network. Broadcasters Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and former major leaguer Randy Flores (analysis) have the TV call for the action this weekend in Eugene.
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 can now listen to the Rice broadcast at the stadium where the team plays via an FM proximity transmitter. Proximity broadcasts for away games will be announced prior to that game. J.P. Heath is in his fourth season as the voice of the Owls.
Postseason Streak Now 19-Straight
Rice baseball's 19-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament is the fourth-longest active streak in the country. Miami (Fla.) has made the field for the 41st-consecutive year, extending its own record, followed by Florida State (36) and Cal State Fullerton (22). Rice's 19-straight NCAA Tournament bids is the sixth-longest postseason streak in Division I baseball history.
Conference Titles Streak Reaches 18-Straight
Rice has now won or shared a total of 18-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 eight C-USA titles in as many years. The Owls share the 2013 regular season title with co-champion Southern Miss. Rice then went on to win the C-USA Tournament last weekend (May 26), defeating the same Southern Miss squad in the title game.
19-Straight 40-Win Seasons
Rice has clinched 19-straight seasons with at least 40 wins. `Forty' wins actually short-changes the feat a little. The Owls have secured at least 41 wins in 18 of the last 19 years.
National Rankings Update • Owls Continue To Move Up
The Owls are represented in a host of different polls across the country and continue to rise. Here's a closer look at the latest national rankings:
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Live Stats On GameTracker
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97th 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 2013 season is, however, only the Owls' 97th 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 1,901 - 1,506 - 9.
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 22nd season at Rice. The 2013 campaign marks his 33rd year as a collegiate head coach... He is now 994-397 with the Owls (598-145 at home, 305-195 in road games and 91-57 at neutral sites). His Rice winning percentage is .715, the best in school history. Another way of looking at Graham's .715 win percentage is that it is the equivalent of a major league team winning 116 games in a single year... Graham's record vs. the 2013 regional opponents is, curiously, 0-0. In 22 seasons Graham has never faced San Francisco, Oregon nor South Dakota State... Under Graham, the Owls clinched another postseason bid in 2013, making 19-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. 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 and now 2013 as well as the C-USA tournament championships in `06, `07, `09, `11 and `13... 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; eighth year), Clay Van Hook (Texas, 2008; second year) and Scott Shepperd (Concordia, 2007; first year)... On game days Van Hook coaches at third base while Hallmark coaches at first base.
1,568 Wins • A Baseball Odyssey
Wayne Graham owns 994 career wins at Rice, but his career victories tally to 1,568 when you include his 11 years at San Jacinto North College where he won five national championships. Graham's overall collegiate record is 1,568-510 in a 32-year coaching career that began in 1981.
Rice In The NCAA Tourney
Rice has played 116 total games in the NCAA Tournament since 1995, including Regionals, Super Regionals and the College World Series. All of Rice's NCAA Tournament games have been under the direction of Wayne Graham. His (and the program's) record in the "The Dance" is 74-42 (.638).
Against The Field
The Owls have played five games against four different teams in this year's NCAA Tournament. The Blue & Gray was 1-4 against programs in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.
Rice heads into the postseason with a season-best nine-game win-streak. In March the Owls won seven in a row, all at Reckling Park. The nine-straight wins is Rice's longest win-streak since the first nine games of the 2012 season. The Blue & Gray has not won 10-straight since 2008.
W-L Deja Vu
Rice is 41-17 overall, the same record through 58 games the Owls had last season. The 41-17 records of 2013 and 2012 are the best since the 2009 Owl squad went 42-16 and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. This year's .707 win percentage is the tied for the 20th-best mark in the nation.
Take a Closer Look
Rice has another 41-win season, but maybe a closer look at some of the losses is in order. Four of the 17 losses were against elite teams that have advanced to NCAA Regionals. Six of the Owls' 17 losses have been by a single run and two were by two-runs. Also note that two of the team's losses have been in extra innings.
Rice's Primary Starting Pitchers (Final Weekend Rotation TBA)
Wayne Graham will officially announce the team's regional rotation at a later time. Three Owls have served as the primary weekend pitchers all season. Here are the three listed alphabetically:
• Austin Kubitza was named a second team 2013 preseason All-America selection by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). This year Kubitza has posted new career highs in wins (8) and strikeouts (119), and he's held opposing hitters to a career-best .196 batting average for 89.0 innings. He has posted some sensational outings, such as: against then No. 1 North Carolina (1 ER, 6.2 IP, 9K in a no-decision), No. 4 Stanford on Opening Day (0 R, 6.0 IP, 12K), at East Carolina (0 R, 7.1 IP, 10K), at crosstown rival Houston (0 R, 7.0 IP, 10K), FIU on the road (2 ER in 6.1 IP, 11K) and at Hawaii (0 R, 7.0 IP, 13K). In his most-recent outing against UAB at the C-USA Tournament (May 22), the Colleyville, Tex., native worked 7.2 innings where he allowed one run on two hits while striking out nine. Kubitza has struck out 10 or more in a game five times in his 15 starts. He averages 11.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, the second-best mark in the nation among all Division I pitchers. Now in the third year of his collegiate career, Kubitza has maintained a 2.34 Rice ERA and he has fanned 294 batters in 273.1 collegiate innings.
• A start for John Simms would be his 14th of the season. The junior from The Woodlands, Tex., has held all opposing hitters to a composite .216 batting average with a steady 8.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. If you are only as good as your recent appearances, Simms is still flying pretty high. In three-consecutive starts against Memphis (May 12), Marshall (May 18) and Memphis again (May 25), he's allowed just one run on a combined 12 hits in 22.0 total innings. He fired the first complete game of his collegiate career, that featured a career-high 12 strikeouts, in the March 12 midweek start against Louisiana Tech. He allowed one run in a predetermined 5.0 innings against Stephen F. Austin, and then had eight strikeouts while pitching into the seventh in the first C-USA weekend at Southern Miss. Simms started and won in the opening series of the season against Stanford, as well as the series finale at Hawaii (Feb. 25). The right-hander has been the losing pitcher at Rice just five times in a staff-high 70 appearances dating back to the spring of 2011.
• Sophomore Jordan Stephens has been sound and solid as a member of the Owls' weekend rotation. The Alvin, Tex., native is 7-4 with a 2.70 ERA. His overall totals include four spot-relief appearances in midweek games, but he has been effective in either role. In his 15 starts Stephens has averaged more than 6.0 innings per outing and held opponents to a composite .222 batting average. His most-recent start in the Championship Final of the C-USA Tournament (May 26) he was limited to a specific 3.0 innings after throwing 5.2 frames at UCF on May 23 in pod-play. In his second start of the season at Hawaii (Feb. 23) he logged the best game of his young Rice career. At Hawaii he pitched the staff's first complete as an Owl, holding the Rainbows to just one run (which was unearned) on four hits while striking out ten - all on the road. On May 4 at UAB Stephens fanned a career-high 11 Blazer hitters in just 7.2 innings. He averages 7.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and has maintained a 3.1-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. In his inaugural season of Division I baseball in 2012, Stephens caught the coaches' attention in the fall practices and earned the No. 3 starting spot to begin the year. He went on to pitch in 14 games overall and finish fourth on the team with eight starts.
When Life Gives You `Lemond,' Use Him Out of the Bullpen
Sophomore reliever Zech Lemond set the Rice single-season record for saves earlier in the year and has continued to add to his own school mark. In his most recent outing at the C-USA Tournament, the right-hander from Houston pitched a career-long 6.2 innings before the Owls won the game in extra frames. He ranks 13th among the NCAA national leaders in saves and is also fifth among the NCAA Division I leaders in ERA (1.19)... Here are the Rice single-season saves leaders (noting both David Aardsma and Tony Cingrani both went on to pitch in the major leagues).
1. Zech Lemond, 2013 14
2. David Aardsma 2003 12
Tony Cingrani, 2011 12
Did You Know?
The Owls are 30-2 when leading after the sixth inning. Credit some solid late-inning work by the Rice bullpen, including relievers Zech Lemond, Blake Fox, Matt Dittman and Chase McDowell as just a few of the key contributors to the team's success.
Here's Who's Hot
Over the last six games senior second baseman Christian Stringer is a combined 13-for-23 (.565) with eight walks for a .677 on-base percentage. He has scored nine times in the six games and was named the Most Valuable Player of the C-USA Tournament... Junior third baseman Shane Hoelscher is 5-for-his-last-10 and he has driven-in six runs in the Owls last three games... Freshman center fielder Leon Byrd is hitting .474 over the last six games (9-for-19). He has drawn four walks and been hit by a pitch three times for a .615 on-base percentage. Byrd also has seven runs scored, five RBI and two steals in the six-game stretch... Junior left fielder Keenan Cook came up big with the walk-off RBI hit at the C-USA Tournament, but he also had a solid week leading up to that game-winning moment. Cook went a combined 5-for-13 (.385) with four walks (.529 OB%), a double and two sac bunts in the Owls' four-game tourney sweep... Senior right fielder Michael Ratterree is 3-for-9 recently with two doubles, four walks and two sacrifice flys.
Previous Outing: Owls Win C-USA Tournament Sunday
HOUSTON - Junior Keenan Cook delivered the walk-off game-winning base hit in the bottom of the eleventh inning to lift the Rice baseball team to a 5-4 victory over visiting Southern Miss in the Championship Final of the Conference USA tournament Sunday afternoon (May 26) at Reckling Park... With the win Rice, now 41-17 overall, officially clinched its 19th-straight bid to an NCAA Regional - and provided some necessary relief for the Owls' 22nd-year head coach Wayne Graham... "I can sleep tonight," coach Graham quipped. "Otherwise I was going to have a fitful night. We certainly deserved a bid regardless (of Sunday's outcome), but I don't like to have to sleep on it and worry about it."... Success in the conference tournament is nothing new for Rice. Under coach Graham the Owls have now won nine tourney titles in three different leagues. The Blue & Gray won the final Southwest Conference tournament in 1996 and three Western Athletic Conference tournaments (1997-99) while that league held the event. The C-USA tournament title is Rice's fifth in eight years since joining the conference (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013)... For all of Rice's tourney titles, winning Sunday's first-ever showdown featuring C-USA's two regular season co-champions was perhaps the program's most dramatic... Rice tied the contest, 4-4, with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Southern Miss defense settled into a groove and retired eight in a row to get the first out in the bottom of the eleventh. Skyler Ewing was hit by a pitch to give the Owls a needed base-runner. Ford Stainback reached on a fielder's choice for a second out, but Christian Stringer slapped a base hit through the right side that put runners at the corners. Cook followed with a single to right-center to score Stainback for the 5-4 final that officially punched Rice's ticket into the postseason... The team erupted onto the field to congratulate Cook for the game-winning hit. One of the first Owls to congratulate his teammate was reliever and winning pitcher Zech Lemond. The first team all-conference closer with the school's single-season record 14 saves entered the game in the top of the fifth. Lemond proceeded to work a career-long 6.2 innings, scattering four hits and one walk while striking out two. He allowed one run, which was unearned, after a fielding error... The impromptu celebration capped an enduring, three-and-a-half hour nationally-televised championship game. In the early going it appeared Rice would coast through the contest just as the team had done in the week-long pod-play. In winning its pod, Owls went 3-0 with a 1.00 team ERA in 27 innings prior to the Final... For the third time in as many games the Owls quickly jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning. Four walks after Stainback's leadoff single plated a pair of runs for a 2-0 advantage. Rice added another in the bottom of the third on a leadoff double by Michael Ratterree and infield hit by Shane Hoelscher. Ratterree scored on a ground out to make it 3-0... Southern Miss came right back with two runs in the top of the fourth. With runners on first and second and one away, the Owls had chance to get one (or perhaps two) outs on an infield grounder. A fielding error, however, allowed one run to score and still left two runners on the bases. Rice made one run-saving play to get an out at the plate when a pitch went wide. USM added another score on an RBI double by Blake Brown to make it 3-2 before getting out of the inning... The Golden Eagles added another run in the fifth to tie the game. Bradley Roney was hit by a pitch to start the frame. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on wild pitch before scoring on Travis Creel's RBI single... USM took advantage of a pair of Owl errors to take the lead in the top of the sixth. Tim Lynch's sacrifice fly drove in Isaac Rodriguez for 4-3 Golden Eagle lead... Rice drew three-straight walks with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Hoelscher's sacrifice fly scored Stringer to make it 4-4. The teams were deadlocked for three more scoreless frames until the bottom of the eleventh... A total of six Owls were named to the Championship's All-Tournament team. Stringer was named to the Most Valuable player after batting .500 and drawing six walks for a .650 on-base percentage. The 2013 Honorees included: C: Keaton Aldridge, Memphis; Infielders: Shane Hoelscher, Rice, Zach Houchins, East Carolina, Justin Montemayor, Houston, Christian Stringer, Rice; Outfielders: Blake Brown, Southern Miss, Leon Byrd, Rice , Dillon Day, Southern Miss; DH Drew Reynolds, East Carolina; Pitchers: Jake Drehoff, Southern Miss, Austin Kubitza, Rice, John Simms, Rice, Jordan Stephens, Rice.
Solid In C-USA Regular Season Action
Since its first Conference USA baseball campaign in the spring of 2006, Rice's regular-season record in C-USA league games is 148-46 (.763).
Ratterree & Lemond Headline Rice's All-Conference Honorees
HOUSTON - Michael Ratterree and Zech Lemond headlined a list of Owl baseball award winners the conference office announced on May 21... A total of six Owl players were recognized for their success on the diamond the day before taking the field in C-USA's annual week-long championship tournament. All the award winners were selected on a vote of the conference's head coaches, sports information directors and a media representative who cover each program... Houston natives Lemond (P) and Ratterree (OF) were named to the C-USA first team. Michael Aquino (DH), Keenan Cook (OF), Geoff Perrott (C) and Ford Stainback (INF) earned second team all-conference. Rice rookie Blake Fox (P/INF) was named to the league's all-freshman team squad... Ratterree may have moved to his third different playing position (RF) in as many years, but the senior remained the same respected power hitter he has been during his four-year collegiate career. The standout led the Owls and ranked among the best in C-USA in home runs (9), runs scored (47), walks (43), OB% (.413), stolen bases (12) and sacrifice flies (7) for the full season. He was tied for third on the team with 18 multi-hit games, and also second on the squad in multi-RBI games (10). Ratterree had a sensational second half of the season and reached base in 20-straight games during one stretch... Lemond took over as the stopper to begin his second year with the program and went on to set a new school record for saves in a single season with 14. He finished as the C-USA co-leader for saves in league-only games with eight. In conference action the sophomore right-hander maintained an 0.67 league ERA, held opponents to a .179 batting average, and posted 32 strikeouts in 30.0 league innings. He eclipsed Rice's single season saves record that was held by eventual major leaguers David Aardsma and Tony Cingrani... Aquino is a junior designated hitter who leads the Owls in slugging percentage (.525) and doubles (13), shares the team lead in hits (72), and is second in batting average (.323), home runs (8) and RBI (43). The Woodlands, Tex., native owns a team-high 23 games with two or more hits to go along with a team-best 12 games with two or more RBI. In his usual spot as the Owls' clean-up hitter, Aquino bats a steady .322 with runners on base. He reached base in 21-straight games during one stretch... Cook was named a second team honoree after starting 54 of Rice's 57 games, all in the outfield. He was the team batting leader in C-USA league games (.352), but also had a team-best seven sacrifice bunts against the conference foes. The Woodlands, Tex., native is tied for third on the team with 19 multi-hit games and he collected three hits in a game four times. Cook currently ranks among the NCAA leaders with seven defensive assists from his spot in left field... Perrott is the Owls' regular starting catcher who, in addition to steady offensive production all season, has the responsibility of calling the pitches during games. In 50 starts behind the plate, the Kingwood, Tex., native ranks among the best in the conference in throwing out runners attempting to steal a base (25 times CS). On the offensive side Perrott owns 13 games with two or more hits and he has driven-in two or more runs in a game five times. He reached base in 10-straight games during one stretch... Stainback is the only player to start all 58 games for the nationally-ranked Owls, making all his starts at shortstop. The Dallas native has collected two or more hits in a game 20 times, including a career-best five hits in a road game at future C-USA foe FIU. He enters the NCAA Regional with an active streak of reaching base 41 consecutive times, but he is also a steady fielder who has turned or started 44 of the Rice's 67 double plays... Fox made a key contribution to the C-USA regular season champions as both a left-handed pitcher and first baseman in his debut season at the collegiate level. On the mound he is a perfect 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 appearances, including two occasions where he worked his way into starting assignments. As a left-handed hitting first baseman, the versatile freshman had eight hits with four RBI in 12 starts... Regular season co-champion Rice had the most first & second all-conference selections with six, while East Carolina was next with five. Fellow co-champion Southern Miss was the only school to place three players on the first team. Seven of the league's nine teams had at least one representative on the first unit. Houston led the way with four selections to the all-freshman team, which included at least one player from six schools.
The Pitcher's Best Friend
In 58 games the Owls have turned 67 double plays, the fifth-highest total in the nation. In Saturday's C-USA Tournament game against Memphis Rice turned four double plays for the second time this season.
Rice 15th In Average Home Attendance
After 32 games at Reckling Park, Rice averaged more than 3,200 fans per contest. The Owls are 15th in the nation in average home attendance. Here are the latest national attendance leaders (by home average).
1. LSU 10,885
2. Arkansas 8,335
3. Ole Miss 7,996
4. South Carolina 7,436
5. Mississippi State 7,294
6. Texas 5,793
7. Clemson 4,751
8. Florida State 4,654
9. Texas A&M 4,523
10. Creighton 4,041
11. TCU 3,570
12. Florida 3,511
13. Hawaii 3,357
14. Alabama 3,262
15. Rice 3,252
Rice Also 15th In Total Home Attendance
Rice baseball has drawn more than 97,500 fans for 32 home games. That's also the 15th highest attendance total in the country.
The Long Haul
Rice's 2-0 win in 17 innings at Hawaii on February 22 is tied for the third-longest game in C-USA history. It was the most innings played since Cincinnati and Kentucky played 17 in 1999. Here's a look at the longest contests in the league by the number of innings:
22.0 Houston vs. Baylor 2-21-99
21.0 Memphis vs. Evansville 3-7-99
17.0 Cincinnati vs. Kentucky 5-5-99
17.0 Rice vs. Hawaii 2-22-13
16.0 UCF vs. Monmouth 3-9-08
16.0 Houston vs. Memphis 4-23-06
16.0 Cincinnati vs. USF 4-22-00
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 14 years. Here's a closer look at the country's winningest programs from 1999 to 2012. These totals do NOT include games played in 2013:
Team Wins-Loses-Ties (Pct.)
Florida State 701-244-1 (.742)
Rice 676-240-0 (.738)
Coastal Carolina 615-253-0 (.709)
North Carolina 635-262-1 (.708)
Oral Roberts 599-249-0 (.706)
Texas 644-269-1 (.705)
South Carolina 661-281-0 (.702)
Arizona State 567-244-1 (.699)
Cal State Fullerton 615-265-0 (.699)
Miami 601-269-3 (.690)
Wichita State 633-301-0 (.678)
Georgia Tech 589-281-1 (.677)
LSU 605-294-5 (.672)
Stanford 568-292-2 (.660)
Tulane 570-295-2 (.659)
Nebraska 562-291-2 (.658)
Clemson 601-316-1 (.655)
East Carolina 555-295-1 (.653)
Notre Dame 542-298-5 (.644)
Florida 564-320-2 (.638)
Winning Is Always In Fashion
For the fashion dynamo out there, Rice is 18-7 in its all-white uniforms, 4-3 in the pinstripes, 7-5 in all-gray, 6-1 in blue tops with white pants and 6-1 in blue tops with gray pants.
Owls In "The Show" This Season
The Owls' list of major league players for 2013 includes Lance Berkman (Rangers), Tony Cingrani (Reds), Philip Humber (Astros), Paul Janish (Braves), Lucas Luetge (Mariners) and Jeff Niemann (Rays), Anthony Rendon (Nationals) and Joe Savery (Phillies).