June 9, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- For an outstanding first season at the Division I level, including an electric three-hit night to drive in four runs in the clinching game of the NCAA Super Regional series less than 24 hours before, Rice's Rick Hague has been named to the inaugural Freshman All-America Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced on Monday (June 9) from its headquarters in Morgantown, W. Va.
A total of 34 freshmen were named to the NCBWA's two Freshmen All-America squads. Hague was selected as a Second Team Freshman all-America. The standout from Spring, Tex., helped the Owls (47-13) secure a seventh trip to the College World Series since 1997 with a sensational debut season. He is batting .347 with eight home runs and 19 doubles for a team-leading .556 slugging percentage and Rice-best 125 total bases. Earlier in the year he maintained a 17-game hitting streak and has collected two or more hits in a team-best 26 times. Hague is as solid on defense as he is at the plate, starting or turning 42 of the Owls' 61 double plays.
The first-year shortstop was also a member of Collegiate Baseball Magazine's 2008 Freshman All-America team and the Conference USA All-Freshman squad. Rice baseball has had a freshman all-America selection every year since 2005.
The Owls' next game will be 1 pm on Sunday (June 15) at the College World Series. Rice takes on the winner of Monday night's Super Regional final between Arizona State and Fresno State.