QUICK NOTES: Rice
*- Rice (44-18) enters the Super Regional after upsetting No. 8 national seed Oregon in the Eugene Regional. The Owls knocked off Oregon 11-4 in the elimination game.
*- Conference USA champs, Rice finished 15-9 in league play.
*- 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.
*- 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.
|Batting Average||Shane Hoelscher||.331|
|Home Runs||Michael Ratterree||9|
|Runs Batted In||Michael Aquino||42|
|Slugging %||Michael Aquino||.502|
|On Base %||Leon Byrd||.418|
|Stolen Bases||Michael Ratterree||12|
|Wins||Kubitza, Stephens, Simms||8|
|Innings Pitched||Jordan Stephens||112.1|
|Opponents Batting Average||Austin Kubitza||.188|
*- Rice has a solid three-man pitching rotation, led by junior Austin Kubitza.
The 6-foot-5, 202-pounder is 8-4 this season with a 2.02 ERA and is a potential high pick in the upcoming MLB draft. He has 126 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched, but has allowed 48 walks so control is an issue.
Joining Kubitza in the rotation is Jordan Stephens (8-4, 2.48) and John Simms (8-4, 2.61).
*- Closer Zech Lemond is one of the top relievers in college baseball. He set the Rice single-season record for saves earlier in the year and has continued to add to his own school mark. He ranks 13th among the NCAA national leaders in saves and is also fifth among the NCAA Division I leaders in ERA (1.52).
Lemond can also provide innings... he was the winning pitcher in the regional-clinching win over Oregon and has now gone 6+ innings in two straight games.
He is 7-1 this season.
*- Rice's lineup has four hitters batting over .300 with Shane Hoelscher leading the way at .331.
*- Rice's most productive hitter has been designated hitter Michael Acquino. The junior is hitting .312 this season with eight home runs, thirteen doubles, and four triples. His 119 total bases leads the team, as does his .502 slugging percentage and 42 RBIs.
*- Senior rightfielder Michael Ratterree is the team's most-feared hitter. A first-team All C-USA selection, Ratterree leads the Owls in home runs (9), runs (48), stolen bases (12), and walks (44).