June 15, 2010
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Rice sophomores Anthony Rendon and Jeremy Rathjen were selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) 2010 South Central All-Region team, the organization announced from its headquarters in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Rendon was tabbed as a first team all-region third baseman by the coaches association while Rathjen earned second team honors as an outfielder. Baseball coaches from 39 universities in seven states make up the ABCA's South Central Region.
Rendon batted .394 on the season and finished among the NCAA leaders in home runs (26), RBI (85) and walks (65). The Houston native from Lamar High School maintained an .801 slugging percentage, a .530 on-base average and scored 83 times in the Owls' 63 games. Rendon recently was named the District VII Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and he is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball's national player of the year.
Rathjen caught the attention of the region's coaches with sound and solid season in the outfield. The Houston native from Memorial High School batted .317, drove in 69 runs on the strength of 13 home runs. Rathjen shared the team lead with 20 doubles and he scored 52 runs in 57 games played.
The Owl duo helped pace Rice baseball to a 40-23 record. The Blue & Gray won the 2010 Conference USA regular season championship, the baseball program's 15th-straight year to win a regular season or tournament championship. Rice also reached the 40-win plateau for the 16th-straight season dating back to 1995.