May 17, 2010
(All start times listed are CENTRAL TIME)
May 18 (Tues.) 6:30 pm; Rice at Houston Televised by Comcast Sports Southwest
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May 20 (Thur.) 6:30 pm; UAB at Rice
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May 21 (Fri.) 6:30 pm; UAB at Rice
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May 22 (Sat.) 1 pm; UAB at Rice
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Special Home Game Promotion: Get to the game early and honor our Senior Baseball players before the game. Rice fans--get a keepsake of your favorite Rice baseball players! Fans will receive the final strip of baseball trading cards courtesy of Fidelity Investments. Featured on Strip 5: Diego Seastrunk, Anthony Rendon, Matthew Reckling, and Michael Ratterree. Kids will be able to stand on the field for the National Anthem and run the bases after the game at this final regular season home game.
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Owls Play At U.H. On Tuesday; Host UAB In Three-Game C-USA Series Starting Thursday Night
The Rice baseball team, 32-19 overall and having already clinched at least a share of the Conference USA regular season title and the No. 1 seed of the upcoming C-USA Championship with a 15-6 league record, plays four games in the city of Houston this week. Only three of the games, however, are at home at Reckling Park. The Owls open the week across town at the University of Houston on Tuesday night (May 18). First pitch in the finale for the annual Silver Glove Trophy series is set for 6:30 pm at Cougar Field... The Blue & Gray then host UAB at Reckling Park in a three-game C-USA series from Thursday-Saturday (May 20-22). Game times with the Blazers are set for 6:30 pm on both Thursday and Friday, and 1 pm in Saturday's series finale.
It's Prime T.V. Time on Comcast Sports Southwest
As if a crosstown showdown with the Cougars wasn't big enough, Tuesday night's game against Houston will be broadcast on cable television throughout the city. Comcast Sports Southwest, a broadcasting leader in televising collegiate sports across the country, will air the game. Broadcasters Matt Stewart (play-by-play) and former major leaguer Steve Sparks (commentary) will call the action for CSS Tuesday night. The same CSS crew also did two earlier games against UH from Reckling Park back in April.
Audio Broadcasts - Catch Every Remaining Rice Baseball Game On KTRU Radio (91.7 FM)
Every Rice baseball game for the remainder of the season will be broadcast live on the radio in the Houston area on campus station KTRU (91.7 FM). Every Rice baseball game will also continue to be broadcast live around the world on the Internet at RiceOwls.com and KTRU.org. 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.
Watch The UAB Games On OwlVision All Access
Every game of the UAB series (May 20-22) is slated for a live on-line video broadcast by OwlVision. 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). The service has proved to be very popular with fans and alumni living throughout the world. Information about the service and subscription prices are available here. Access the service on game day at the above links. Note that Tuesday night's game may also be available on OwlVision, but it is subject to the TV broadcast's black-out area. Check with your local cable providers about the availability of the game in your area.
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.
Rice Secures C-USA's No. 1 Seed
Rice has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming C-USA Championship which will be held May 26-29 across town at Cougar Field. Southern Miss is the only team that could still mathematically tie Rice for the best record in the league at 15-6, but the Owls recently won the series with USM two games to one. Winning the head-to-head series secured the tournament's top seed for Rice a full 10 days before the event's first pitch.
"Magic Number" Now One For Outright C-USA Title
The Owls can do no worse than tie for the C-USA regular season championship, and there's still room to win the title outright. With a three-game lead on Southern Miss and with three C-USA games left to play for both teams, Rice's magic number is now just "one." Either an Owl win or Southern Miss loss would wrap-up Rice's sole possession of the 2010 C-USA regular season crown.
Conference Championship Streak Reaches 15-Straight Years
Rice has now won or shared a total of 15-straight conference championships (including either regular season or conference tournament titles) dating back to 1996. The streak covers the Owls' membership in three different leagues beginning with the Southwest Conference, to nine seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (1997-2005) and five Conference USA titles in as many years.
National Ranking Update Rice In National Top 25 Polls
Rice is ranked 18th in the country in the latest PINGBaseball.com poll. The Owls are 21st according to both Baseball America and the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. The team is 22nd in the polls by Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. As of presstime, the current 2010 national rankings by the various baseball polls is as follows:
21st Baseball America
21st USA Today/ESPN
22nd Collegiate Baseball
22nd National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assoc.
Take A Closer Look
Rice has eclipsed the 30-win plateau, but a closer look at the 19 losses is in order. No less than 13 of the Owls' 19 losses this season have been by two runs or less. Unlike a lot of other Top 25 teams Rice is willing to play a significant number of its games on the road (24 this season). Trading some of the 12 non-conference road games (where the team is 4-8) to a heavy home schedule certainly would have helped turn-around some of the 19 losses.
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... He is now 862-336 with the Owls (525-114 at home, 259-176 in road games and 78-46 at neutral sites). His Rice winning percentage is .720, the best in school history. Another way of looking at Graham's .720 win percentage is that it is the equivalent of a major league team winning 117 games in a single year... Graham's record vs. this week's opponents is as follows: 65-25 vs. Houston (39-7 home, 25-18 road, 1-0 neutral) and 12-3 vs. UAB (7-0 home, 4-2 road, 1-1 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 C-USA regular season crowns in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 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.
1,437 Wins A Baseball Odyssey
Wayne Graham owns 862 career wins at Rice, but his career victories tally to 1,437 when you include his 11 years at San Jacinto North College where he won five national championships. Graham's overall collegiate record is 1,437-449 in a 30-year career that began in 1981.
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 862 games. It's only taken Graham just 18+ years to accomplish and surpass essentially what it took the program more than three-quarters of a century to do before he got here.
Two Away From Rice Game No. 1,200
Wayne Graham is fast-approaching another milestone with the Owls. He is now just two games away from coaching his 1,200th game at the helm of the Rice baseball program.
Five For The Show
Five former Rice players were on the Opening Day Rosters of major league teams in 2010. Congratulations to former Owls David Aardsma (Mariners), Lance Berkman (Astros, D.L.), Tim Byrdak (Astros), Jeff Niemann (Rays) and Paul Janish (Reds).
Probable Rice Pitchers
Wayne Graham announced the Owls' probable starting pitcher for the Houston game as sophomore left-hander Taylor Wall (4-5, 4.44). Graham added that Wall would be limited to a maximum of three innings of work in order to be available to start in the UAB series... The University of Houston announced its probable starter as senior right-hander Barry Laird... The Rice starters for the UAB series will be announced at a later time.
- In 2009 Taylor Wall went 7-6 with a 3.72 ERA while in his first season of Division I baseball. The 6-foot-2 left-hander from Houston (Westside High School) worked his way into a regular spot in the Owls' weekend rotation as a freshman and eventually led the staff in starts (15), innings pitched (94.1) and strikeouts (77). He was particularly strong in the postseason where he maintained a 2.05 ERA and a .167 opponents' batting average in four appearances. Wall was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Houston Regional after firing a sensational three-hit, complete game shutout to defeat Kansas State and setup a one-game final for the Regional championship. He also blanked Marshall with a 7.0-inning shutout to earn selection to the C-USA All-Tournament team... Wall was tabbed as the starting pitcher on Opening Day at Stanford and struck out three in 3.0 innings of work. He also battled No. 3 ranked Texas in a start at the Houston College Classic on Mar. 5, scattering just five hits while striking out eight Longhorns in 7.1 innings. The Friday night lefty started the opening game of the Houston series (April 1) and fired the program's first complete game one-hit shutout since 2001. For his effort that day he shared the C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors. Wall pitched well in the Friday night start at UCF, allowing two runs while striking out five in 7.2 innings for a win. Against ECU (Apr. 23) he worked 7.0 frames in a convincing 20-3 win and struck out a season-high nine without allowing any walks... In six C-USA starts, Wall is a combined 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA. He's also averaged exactly 6.1 innings per conference start and held all opposing hitters to a .228 batting average... For is Rice career Wall has a total of 130 strikeouts in 167.1 collegiate innings.
C-USA Ticket Packs Available
Fans don't wait any longer, Conference USA baseball ticket packs are still available on-line! With C-USA packs fans may purchase great tickets to the final C-USA home series vs UAB (May 20-22). 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.
Anthony Rendon Honored By Collegiate Baseball, C-USA
Rice sophomore third baseman Anthony Rendon was named both a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and the C-USA Co-Hitter of the Week on Monday (May 17) the respective organizations announced... Rendon was one of seven players from across the country named to Collegiate Baseball's `Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week.' He was joined on the honor list by fellow C-USA Co-Hitter of the Week B.A. Vollmuth (SS, Southern Miss), C.J. Huyett, (RHP, Old Dominion), Jeremy Baltz (OF, St. John's), Jordan Coooper (RHP, Wichita St.), Matt Bischoff (RHP, Purdue) and Ben Thomas (1B, Xavier)... Rendon batted .588 (10-for-17) in four games last week to help Rice clinch the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA Championship and at least a share of the league's regular season title. He slugged four home runs and a double for a team-leading 23 total bases and a 1.353 slugging percentage. The Houston native from nearby Lamar High School led the team with 10 RBI and 10 base hits. He scored six times in four games and drew four walks for a .667 on-base percentage. Defensively, Rendon was error-free in the field in 15 total chances and turned or started two of the team's seven double plays from his spot on the hot corner.
Tuesday's game against Houston is not a Conference USA league contest. The C-USA series with the Cougars wrapped-up on April 1-3 at Reckling Park... The teams also played a non-conference game on March 2 to begin the five-game series for the Silver Glove.
The Silver Glove Trophy Series - 2010 Edition
Like the big rivalries in college football, the city of Houston's top two college baseball programs play for a coveted prize (the Silver Glove Trophy) as part of their annual series. Rice has won 12 of the 13 series with Houston since play for The Glove began in 1998. The Owls won the trophy in its first two years and have held the hardware now for ten years in a row (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010)... Game one of the 2010 Silver Glove Trophy series was played on March 2 at Reckling Park. The Owls claimed an 8-2 victory on the strength of double-digit hits and a solid start on the mound from senior right-hander Jared Rogers. Rice then claimed all three C-USA/Silver Glove games on April 1-3 by the scores of 6-0, 11-2 and 8-7 in 12 innings, respectively. The 12-inning affair is tied for the second-longest game in series history and most baseball played between the two teams since 1996. Heading into Tuesday night's showdown, Owl junior outfielder Chad Mozingo is 10-for-16 (.625) in the series with two doubles, three runs scored and four walks.
Recap of 2009 Silver Glove Series
The 2009 edition of the Silver Glove Trophy series had a familiar intensity. Rice jumped out to a 2-0 series lead by winning the opener at Reckling Park 9-2 (Feb. 25), and three weeks later at Cougar Field 8-1. Houston bounced back to win the C-USA series opener at UH 7-4, but the Owls hung-in for tough wins in games four and five, 7-5 and 6-5, respectively. The 2009 All-Silver Glove Series team consisted of C: Chris Wallace (UH); 1B: Jimmy Comerota (Rice); 2B: Brock Holt (Rice); 3B: Jake Runte (UH); SS: Blake Kelso (UH); OF: Chad Mozingo (Rice), Chase Dempsay (UH), Michael Fuda (Rice), Caleb Ramsey (UH); P: Ryan Berry (Rice), Matt Evers (Rice), Jared Ray (UH); Wild Card: Rick Hague (Rice). The Owls' Anthony Rendon was named the Most Outstanding Player of the series after batting .571 (12-for-21) with four home runs and eight RBI in the five Silver Glove games.
Rice-Houston Series History
The Silver Glove has only been around for a dozen years. The Owls and Cougars have a long-standing rivalry that dates back to 1948. In 155 games played since the first meeting between the two schools in 1948, Rice leads the all-time series with Houston 86-69. The teams became Southwest Conference rivals when UH joined that league in the 1970s. The teams renewed the conference rivalry in 2006 as C-USA foes. There have been 46 one-run games in the series. In 2003 the city rivals played each other a record eight times.
Rice-Houston Series Went Out-of-State Last Season
Rice and Houston had twice before played at a neutral site, but 2009 clash at the C-USA Tournament in Hattiesburgh, Miss., was the first and only time for the foes to meet outside the state of Texas in 61 years. That 2009 C-USA tournament clash was another familiar battle, but the Blue & Gray finally broke the game open with a total of four late runs scored in the seventh and eighth innings on the way to a 7-2 final. The semifinal victory sent Rice to the tournament's championship final for a showdown with event host Southern Miss. The Owls won five-of-six total games against UH last season.
Previous Rice Outing: Owls Stage Improbable Rally To Defeat Southern Miss 21-14 Sunday
Rice junior shortstop Rick Hague hadn't witnessed anything like it, and Owls sophomore third baseman Anthony Rendon echoed that sentiment. Junior righthander Boogie Anagnostou noted that if the Owls were stunned by their improbable comeback on Sunday afternoon, just imagine how Southern Miss felt in the visiting dugout at Reckling Park... For the second time in less than 24 hours the Owls mounted an inconceivable rally, but unlike their effort in the opener of their three-game series with the Golden Eagles, the Owls did not fall short this time, erasing a 10-run deficit with a 19-0 offensive blitz for a wild 21-14 win... With the victory No. 24 Rice (32-19, 15-6 Conference USA) clinched at least a share of the regular-season C-USA championship and the No. 1 seed for the postseason tournament. The Owls hold a three-game lead over Southern Miss (30-19, 12-9) with three games remaining, and by virtue of their claiming this hotly contested series, own the tiebreaker over the Golden Eagles. It was Southern Miss that appeared poised to take the rubber match of this three-game set before Rice staged its second rally from a seemingly insurmountable deficit in as many days... "This was definitely a unique game. I've never been in a game like this," Hague said after going 1-for-3 with three RBIs. "But I think we showed ourselves that we can come back from almost anything. And if we can have some pitchers step up like Boogie did, we can beat a lot of teams."... Southern Miss shortstop B.A. Vollmuth almost singlehandedly carried the Golden Eagles to their 12-2 lead, blasting an opposite-field three-run homer off Rice starter Jared Rogers in the first before rallying from an 0-2 count to crank a grand slam against Tyler Duffey in the third. Golden Eagles first baseman Mark Ellis followed with a solo homer to right-center field to extend the lead to double digits, chase Duffey, and inspire Rice coach Wayne Graham to make a most fateful pitching change. Anagnostou entered with two outs and walked Dillon Day before getting third baseman Joey Archer to ground out to Hague. For the Golden Eagles, the Archer at-bat was a harbinger of things to come offensively... Anagnostou would go on to record a dozen ground-ball outs while shutting out the Golden Eagles before tiring in the ninth. His two-seam fastball had impressive sink, and besides his troubles with Vollmuth, who finished the weekend with four homers and 11 RBIs, Anagnostou was in complete control before being lifted with one out in the ninth... "Basically all I can do as a pitcher is throw strikes, try to get people out, and keep us right where we were at," Anagnostou said of the deficit. "I was lucky that in the bottom of that inning we scored seven, and there were are right back in the game. After that it was pretty easy."... Said Graham of Anagnostou: "It looked like he had his head on straight, and there was no doubt that he did. You can almost see it in the demeanor of some of our guys that go out there. He's focused."... The Owls scored eight runs in the eighth inning in the series opener and the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday only to strand the tying run at third base and lose 11-10. Rice didn't waste any time responding to the Golden Eagles' offensive eruption in the top of the third, scoring seven runs in the bottom half to knock starter Jay Myrick from the game... Ten batters came to the plate for the Owls, with freshman second baseman Michael Ratterree striking the biggest blow of the frame via a three-run home run off Cody Schlagel. Suddenly the deficit was a mere three runs, and after Anagnostou retired the Golden Eagles in order in the fourth, the Owls quickly moved ahead with five runs on three hits... Senior center fielder Steven Sultzbaugh, who ignited the surge in the third with his leadoff single, put the Owls ahead to stay at 14-12 with his two-run single facing a two-out, two-strike count against Ryan MacNamara (1-2). Once they seized the lead the Owls did not relent, as Rendon tacked on a solo home run in the fifth and a two-run shot in the eighth that capped the Owls' second five-run frame. At times this season the Owls had their resilience questioned, but given their performances this weekend, few would dare to publicly challenge their character... "We obviously dug down deep to try to pull something out, and we actually worked," said Rendon, whose 41 career home runs ranks fifth in program history. "We kept on fighting and fighting, and I guess we reminisced on the first game where we tried to come back and actually didn't get it. We wanted to come back and get this win in the third game... "I guess our team chemistry is a lot better. I guess we're trusting ourselves more. A lot of our hitters are starting to come around. I guess we have a lot of fight left in us. We have a lot of talent."... That talent has been on display in spurts, but when the situation is most dire the Owls have delivered. The reward for their relentlessness is a 15th consecutive league championship, a span that includes titles in the Southwest Conference, the Western Athletic Conference, and C-USA... "We've overcome a lot of obstacles," Hague said. "The fact we're still in first place and have a lot to play for still shows we have a lot of talent." by MOISEKAPENDA BOWER
Eyes On Rendon
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 batting a team-leading .383 (69-of-180) with 21 home runs, a triple and 10 doubles for an .800 slugging percentage. Surely Rendon has more than 180 official at bats in 51 games? No. The Owl slugger has already been walked an eye-opening 55 times and hit by a pitch five times for a .529 on-base percentage. He hit his conference-leading 21st homer of the season, and the 41th of his career, as part of a two-home run day against Southern Miss (May 16)... Grand slams can be pretty rare, but Rendon already has two this season... On Mar. 3 at Texas State Rendon batted leadoff for the first time in his Rice career and drew three walks with a run-scored. 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. He also hit the dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to beat East Carolina (April 24)... In his last 19 games, Rendon is 36-for-77 (.468) with 10 home runs, a triple and six doubles for a .961 slugging percentage... He also brings fans to their feet with some spectacular defensive plays.
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, but now he's dashed into the top five. With his 40th round-tripper vs. Southern Miss (May 16), he moved into sole possession of fifth 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 home run hitters 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)
5. 41, Anthony Rendon (2009-current)
T 6. 39, Jay Knoblauh, (1985-88)
T 6. 39, Aaron Luna (2006-2008)
8. 37, Damon Thames (1998-99)
9. 33, Jacques Landry (1995-96)
10. 32, Enrique Cruz (2001-03)
Walk This Way
Because opponents respect Anthony Rendon it is no surprise he is second in the nation in walks. Here's a quick (unofficial) look at how some of the NCAA Division I leaders for walks are this season. Rendon could still walk away with the mythical walks crown.
Rank, Player, Team, BB
1. Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington, 66
2. Anthony Rendon, Rice, 55
3. Kyle Roller, East Carolina, 54
3. Pratt Maynard, North Carolina State, 54
3. A. J. Kirby-Jones, Tennessee Tech, 54
3. Taylor Dugas, Alabama, 54
7. Corbin Smith, Texas Southern, 51
7. John Schultz, Pittsburgh, 51
9. Ryan Adams, Elon, 48
9. Logan Vick, Baylor, 48
Now Walk This Way
There's more than one way to "walk" on a college campus. Rice Baseball and the Athletics Department would like to acknowledge five special seniors who took part in a walk of a different kind last Saturday morning (May 15). Five seniors in the baseball program, Jimmy Comerota (1B), Mark Haynes (P), Travis Wright, (P) Daniel Watson (manager) and Kristen Patterson (student athletic trainer) participated in the University's graduation festivities that morning. The 2010 commencement ceremony is the 97th in school history.
Senior catcher/designated hitter Diego Seastrunk continues to climb in a number of categories on the Rice career lists. The senior from Channelview, Tex., now needs only two more doubles and two more RBI to move into fourth place and sixth place on those Rice career lists, respectively. That's only part of the story, however. Seastrunk is among the school's all-time leaders for at bats, games played and base hits.
Seastrunk's Career Targets
241, Austin Davis (2001-2004)
234, Eric Arnold (1999-2002)
228, Diego Seastrunk (2007-2010)
924, Austin Davis (2001-2004)
891, Eric Arnold (1999-2002)
838, Diego Seastrunk (2007-2010)
309, Austin Davis (2001-2004)
291, Eric Arnold (1999-2002)
285, Lance Berkman (1995-97)
269, Diego Seastrunk (2007-2010)
272, Lance Berkman (1995-97)
243, Bubba Crosby (1996-98)
217, Eric Arnold (1999-2002)
203, Jose Cruz Jr. (1993-95)
187, Damon Thames (1998-99)
185, Jay Knoblauh (1985-88)
183, Diego Seastrunk (2007-2010)
65, Austin Davis (2001-2004)
64, Eric Arnold (1999-2002)
64, Lance Berkman (1995-97)
60, Damon Thames (1998-99)
58, Diego Seastrunk (2007-2010)
Here's Who's Hot
You've already read Anthony Rendon is 36-for-his-last-77 (.468), but he's not the only Owl swinging a hot bat right now... Senior catcher/DH Diego Seastrunk is 16-for-32 (.500) with six doubles and two home runs (.875 SLG%) in the last eight games. After sensational weekends against both Marshall and Southern Miss, Seastrunk has amassed two homers and six doubles for an .875 slugging percentage. He has seven walks in the eight games (.590 on-base average) and has scored 12 times while posting 11 RBI... Junior shortstop Rick Hague enters the week batting at a .465 pace thanks to a 20-for-43 stretch over the last nine games. The standout from Klein Collins High School also has three home runs and seven doubles in the current stretch for an .837 slugging percentage. Hague has drawn six walks for a .510 on-base average and scored 14 runs... Freshman second baseman Michael Ratterree has a similar .467 batting average (7-for-15) over the last five games. The young star from Memorial High School has two homers for an .867 slugging percentage and a .619 on-base average. In five games Ratterree has scored eight times and driven-in eight runners... In the last 10 games, junior right fielder Chad Mozingo is 16-for-45 (.356). In addition to 12 runs scored in the current pace, Mozingo has clubbed a pair of doubles, a triple and a home run for a .511 slugging. He was close to a second home run in the Marshall finale due to where the ball struck off the centerfield wall, but still had his third triple to show for it. He's drawn seven walks for a .434 on-base average and driven-in 11 runs, all while batting leadoff.
This & That
The Owls hit a season-high four home runs in the Sunday win over Southern Miss...Jimmy Comerota tied a season-high 15 put-outs in the Sunday win over the Golden Eagles... After 18 C-USA games junior right fielder Chad Mozingo is batting a league-leading .452 in C-USA only games while junior left-hander Abe Gonzales in leading the league with a 2.19 ERA... For the fashion Dynamo out there, Rice is 12-4 in its all-white uniforms, 8-1 in the pinstripes, 4-9 in all-gray, 1-0 when wearing a blue top with white pants, and 7-5 when wearing a blue top with gray pants.
Fifth Time Over 20
The 21-14 win over Southern Miss Sunday marked the fifth time this season for the Owls to post at least 20 runs in a game. The five games to score a "score" are as follows:
26 vs. California 11 (Mar. 13)
23 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1 (Apr. 14)
21 vs. Southern Miss 14 (May 16)
20 vs. East Carolina 3 (Apr. 23)
20 at Marshall 4 (May 7)
Back-To-Back-To-Back Big Scores
In three games against Southern Miss last weekend the Owls scored a total of 41 runs, but that's not the highest total for three consecutive games this season or even the most runs in three-straight games the team has posted this month. From May 4-7 Rice scored 52 runs in three consecutive games (16, 16 & 20 runs). The last time the Owls scored at least 50 runs in consecutive games was from April 11-14 vs. Tulane (19), Sam Houston State (8) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23). The Owls also plated 36 runs in consecutive games to eclipse the previous season-high of 33 vs. California on March 13-14 (26 + 7).
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.
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 four saves and 35 strikeouts in 34.0 innings.
At Bat Flex Packs Available
Single game tickets for the 2010 Rice baseball season are still 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"
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
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)
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
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.
Baseball Alumni Day Photo Gallery