June 6, 2018
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Rice second baseman Trei Cruz has been named a Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Wednesday (June 6).
Collegiate Baseball selected Cruz as a Freshman All-America from among the first-year players competing at more than 300 NCAA Division I programs across the nation. In his debut season of Division I baseball Cruz started 58 of Rice's 59 games at second base, including 46 batting either second thru fourth in the order. He batted .279 for the full season and .284 in Conference USA games to earn selection to the league's 2018 All-Freshman Team. The Houston native from nearby Episcopal High School posted a team-best 40-walks and he shared the team lead with 45 RBI.
Cruz tied for second on the team in home runs (6) and was third in doubles (13) for a .438 slugging percentage that was second-best on the squad. The Houston native from nearby Episcopal High School tallied 19 multiple-hit games, including a career-high three hits in a single game three different times. At one point Cruz reached base safely in 15-consecutive games, but his offensive skills were only part of the story. The Rice rookie showed good defensive range for a .955 fielding percentage in his debut season at the Division I level, turning or starting 36 of the Owls' 46 double plays – as well as the pivot on the team's sensational round-the-horn triple play at the C-USA Tournament.
Cruz follows a host of Owls to earn Freshman All-America honors, most recently Ford Proctor in 2016. His father, former Owl great/major leaguer Jose Cruz Jr., was also an All-America selection in his Rice freshman year of 1993.