26-37 Player bios
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
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Bobby
Bell
P • B/R
6-4 • 190 • Fr.-HS
Aledo (Country Day)
High School — 2004 graduate of Fort Worth Country Day
High School... Four-year starter and letterman for the Falcons
under coach Cecil Espy... Voted MVP as a sophomore in 2002...
Two-time all-Southwest Prepatory Conference selection and twotime all-league honorable mention... Three-year letterman and
starter in volleyball... MVP and all-SPC honoree for the Falcons...
Carried a 93 percent grade point average and made the honor roll...
Voted top undergraduate math student his junior year.
Personal — Full Name: Robert Edward Bell. Born: Aug. 26,
1985, at New Braunfels. Parents: J.D. and Barbara Bell, Aledo (one
brother). Major: computational and applied mathematics. College:
Will Rice.
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Bobby
Bramhall
OF/P • L/L
5-11 • 175 • Fr.-HS
College Station (A&M Consolidated)
High School — 2004 graduate of A&M Consolidated High
School in College Station... Three-year starter and letterman for
the Tigers under coach Scotty Pugh... Two-time all-state honoree,
three-time all-Brazos Valley honoree and three-time first team allDistrict 13-5A selection... Starter and letterman for the Tigers in
football... Member of the National Honor Society... Maintained a
3.6 grade point average and graduated cum laude.
Personal — Full Name: Bobby Joe Bramhall. Born: July 13,
1985, at Fort Worth. Parents: J.P. and Belle Bramhall, College
Station (one sister). College: Hanszen.
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17 Greg
Buchanan
OF/IF • B/R
5-11 • 180 • Jr.-Tr.
Friendswood (Clear Brook/Alvin CC)
Junior College — One-year letterman for coach Bryan
Alexander at Alvin Community College... Junior college teammate
of current Owl Adam Traweek... Second team all-America
honoree... Earned all-conference and all-region honors... Rawlings
Big Stick Award recipient... Hit .481 for the Dolphins and helped
lead them to a third place finish in Region 14.
Univ. of Houston — Played in 38 games with 11 starts as a
true freshman across town at the University of Houston... Helped
the Cougars reach 37 wins and the NCAA Super Regional... Hit
.122 in 49 at bats with six runs scored and five RBI.
High School — 2002 graduate of Clear Brook High School in
Friendswood... Three-year starter and letterwinner under coach
Russell Ferrell... Two-time MVP for the Wolverines... Earned first
team all-District 24-5A honors as a pitcher in 2002 and as an
infielder in 2001... Played in the Houston area all-star game...
Maintained a 3.9 grade point average and was honored in Who’s
Who Among American High School Students.
Personal — Full Name: Gregory Raymond Buchanan. Born:
Nov. 16, 1983, at Houston. Parents: Dan and Michelle Buchanan,
Friendswood (two brothers). Major: kinesiology. College: Martel.
45 John Michael
Christovich
P • R/R
5-10 • 170 • Fr.-HS
New Orleans, La. (Isidore Newman)
CHRIS-toe-vich
High School — 2004 graduate of Isidore Newman High School
in New Orleans... Four-year letterman for the Greenies under coach
Billy Fitzgerald... 2004 all-district honoree... Voted newcomer of
the year in 2002... Maintained a career batting average of .384 and
a 2.86 ERA... Helped lead the Greenies to the 2A state championship his junior year and to the state quarterfinals three times...
Served as class business manager.
Personal — Full Name: John Michael Christovich. Born:
Dec. 14, 1984, at New Orleans, La. Parents: Michael and Linda
Christovich, New Orleans (one sister). Great-grandfather, Alvin
Christovich, played professional baseball in the St. Louis Browns
organization. Major: economics/managerial studies. College: Martel.
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
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Bryce
Cox
Personal — Full Name: Craig Douglas Crow. Born: Nov. 25,
1983, at New Braunfels. Parents: Doug and Debra Crow, New
Braunfels (one brother). Father played football at Angelo State
University. Major: economics/English/managerial studies. College:
Jones.
P • R/R
6-4 • 195 • Jr.-Tr
Carrollton (Newman Smith/Paris JC)
Junior College — 2004 graduate of Paris Junior College...
Two-year starter under coach Deron Clark... All-district honoree...
Hit .355 in conference games... Helped lead the Dragons to the
regional tournament as a freshman in 2003.
High School — 2002 graduate of Newman Smith High School
in Carrollton... Two-year starter and letterman for the Trojans
under coach Fred Howard... Two-time all-district honoree as an
infielder... Member of the National Honor Society... Maintained a
3.97 grade point average.
Personal — Full Name: Bryson Cox. Born: Aug. 10, 1984, at
Dallas. Parents: Dan and Debby Cox, Carrollton (one brother, one
sister). Father played football at William Jewell College; brother,
Perry, plays football at Western Illinois University. Major: managerial studies/kinesiology. College: Wiess.
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Craig
Crow
P • R/R
6-2 • 195 • Jr.-Tr.
New Braunfels (High/Grayson CC)
Will likely sit out the 2005 season due to injury.
Junior College — Two-year starter and letterman at Grayson
County College under coach Tim Tadlock... Named first team
all-conference... Started in the Texas/New Mexico junior college
all-star game... Compiled a career 16-3 record on the mound and
hit .320... Helped lead the Vikings to a 55-12 and 56-14 record in
his two years, including fourth and fifth place finishes at the Junior
College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
High School — 2002 graduate of New Braunfels High School...
Three-year starter and letterman for the Unicorns under coach Doug
Edwards... Voted district newcomer of the year as a sophomore in
2000... Two-time first team all-district honoree... First team
all-state and all-Greater San Antonio honoree... Scholar-athlete of
the week... Hit .413 and helped lead the squad to the playoffs
twice... Two-time letterman in football... First team all-district
quarterback and first team all-Greater San Antonio as a punter...
Helped the football team win the bi-district title in 2001 and the
area championship in 2000... Lettered in basketball and averaged
eight points a game... Maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point
average and was recognized in Who’s Who Among American High
School Students... Voted student of the month and was an
academic all-state honoree.
32 Eddie
Degerman
P • R/R
6-4 • 205 • Jr.-1L
Granada Hills, Calif. (High/UC Irvine)
DAY-grr-man
Rice — 2004: Stepped in to first Division I season with aplomb,
finishing fifth on a heralded Owls’ pitching staff in appearances
(15) and strikeouts (39) and sixth in innings pitched (26.2)... Led
the squad with 15 relief appearances... Finished more games (10)
than any pitcher on the staff... Notched saves in two of his first
three outings of the year against Kansas State and at WAC rival
San Jose State... Fired four scoreless innings of one-hit relief with
six strikeouts in his college debut against Kansas State at the Minute
Maid Park College Classic... Earned a save after three scoreless
frames and four strikeouts on the road at San Jose... Earned his
first career win in a sterling relief display against NCAA tournament-bound Lamar... Shutout the Cardinals on no hits in a
career-long five innings while tying a career high with six strikeouts...
Teamed with starter Matt Ueckert to hold Lamar to just one hit
for the nine innings... Fanned five Louisiana Tech hitters in three
frames at Reckling Park... Maintained a 2.70 ERA in all games and
a steady 2.25 ERA against the WAC... Averaged 13.2 strikeouts per
nine innings of work, the highest mark on an Owl pitching staff
that included four major league draft picks... Held 98 hitters faced
to a composite .214 batting average.
UC Irvine — Pitcher for UC Irvine in 2002 and 2003... Did not
play in any games for the Anteaters... Selected to the Dean’s Honor
Roll.
High School — First team all-Los Angeles and all-West Valley
League selection as a senior in 2001... Two-year letterman and
starter at Granada Hills High School under head coach Steve
Thompson... Varsity letterman in basketball... Maintained a 3.3 grade
point average.
Personal — Full Name: Edward Matthew Degerman. Born:
Sept. 14, 1983 in Van Nuys, Calif. Parents: David and Im Jo
Degerman, Granada Hills, Calif. (one brother, two sisters). Major:
economics. College: Sid Richardson.
Degerman’s Rice Statistics
Pitching
Year
ERA W
2004
2.70 1 1 15 0
L App GS CG SHO CBO SV
0
0
3
2
IP
H
R
ER BB SO
2 B 3 B HR
26.2
21
11
8 16 39
4 0 2 115 .214 4
BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
1
0
0
27
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
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Jordan
Dodson
Personal — Full Name: Lyndon Carl Duplessis. Birthdate:
Aug. 15, 1983, at Houston. Parents: Bert and Kathleen Duplessis,
Houston (one brother). Mother is an administrative coordinator in
Rice’s internal audit department. Major: History. College: Sid
Richardson.
Duplessis’ Rice Statistics
Hitting
P/Util. • R/R
6-1 • 205 • Fr.-HS
The Woodlands (High)
High School — 2004 graduate of The Woodlands High
School... Three-year starter for coach Ron Eastman... Teammate
of current Owl Danny Lehmann... Was named the most valuable
player of District 15-5A... Received all-county, all-greater Houston
and all-state honors... Selected as Montgomery County male
athlete of the year... Maintained a .458 batting average with 9 home
runs and 58 RBI... Also posted a perfect 5-0 pitching record... Helped
lead the Highlanders to a 30-5 record and the District 15-5A title...
Three-year letterman for the nationally-ranked football team... Led
the Highlanders to a 14-1 record, the state’s top ranking and
appearance in the state’s 5A championship final... Earned alldistrict, all-greater Houston and all-state honors at quarterback...
Held a state record .730 completion percentage with 22 touchdowns... Posted more than 3,100 yards passing and 700 yards rushing... Named the offensive MVP for the district and Montgomery
County... Maintained a 3.3 grade point average.
Personal — Full Name: Jordan Chance Dodson. Born: Mar.
12, 1986, at Conroe. Parents: Richard and Brenda Dodson, The
Woodlands (one brother). Father played football and baseball at
Abilene Christian University. College: Sid Richardson
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Duplessis
C • R/R
5-11 • 200 • Jr.-1L
Houston (Spring Branch Memorial)
Du-pla-SEE
Rice — 2004: Continued to improve in his second season with
the Owls... Worked his way into three starting assignments behind
the plate, including the critical elimination game in the NCAA
tournament against Texas Southern... Called Matt Ueckert’s
complete-game, 4-hit, 12-strikeout performance against the Tigers
in the regional... Started a pair of home WAC games against league
rival Louisiana Tech and appeared in nine games... First college hit
was a memorable one, crushing a solo homer down the right field
line to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning against WAC foe
Nevada... Drove in a pair of runs with a hit and a sacrifice fly in a
league win over Louisiana Tech... Singled in a run against TSU in
the regional. 2003: Had one official at bat.
High School — 2002 graduate of Spring Branch Memorial
High School in Houston... Two-year letterman for coach Paul
Plattsmier... Two-time all-District 21-5A performer... Hit .330 with
three home runs and 23 RBI as a senior, helping the Mustangs to
the state playoffs with a 17-10 record.
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Year
Avg GP GS AB
2003
2004
.000 1
.333 9
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
0 1 0
3 12 1
0
4
0 0 0
0 0 1
0
4
0 .000 0
7 .583 0
0
0
0
1
0 .000 0
0 .308 1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0 0
39 4
Tot.
.308 10 3
0 .000
0 1.000
4
0 0 1
4
7
0
1
0
1
0
0
39
0 1.000
13 1
.538
0
18
.286
1
A
4
E
FLD%
Joshua
Forester
P • L/L
6-4 • 175 • So.-1L
League City (Clear Creek)
Rice — 2004: Worked his way into nine relief appearances...
Was called to face nationally-ranked foes Texas, Texas A&M and
Arizona State... Held a total of 33 hitters to a composite .152 batting
average... Maintained a 4.35 ERA and averaged 10.5 strikeouts per
nine innings of work... Fanned three in 1.2 innings in his Division I
debut against third-ranked Texas at the Minute Maid Park College
Classic... Pitched a season-long two innings twice, a pair of scoreless
outings against Sam Houston State and Louisiana Tech... Threw
3.0 innings in the WAC, allowing one hit while striking out four.
High School — All-state and all-greater Houston honoree as
a senior at Clear Creek High School in 1983... Earned all-District
24-5A honors with a 9-2 record.
Personal — Full Name: Joshua Brandon Forester. Born:
Oct. 14, 1984 in Jacksonville, Fla. Parents: Marty and JoAnne Smith,
League City (two brothers, one sister). College: Martel.
Forester’s Rice Statistics
Pitching
Year
ERA W
2004
4.35 0 1 9
L App GS CG SHO CBO SV
0
0
0
1
0
IP
H
R
ER BB SO
2 B 3 B HR
BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
10.1
5
5
5 13 12
2 0 0
49
49
.152 1
1
0
2
Kyle
Forrest
P • R/R
6-3 • 170 • Fr.-HS
Austin (Jakarta International)
High School — 2004 graduate of Jakarta International School
in Jakarta, Indonesia... Received scholar-athlete honors for the
Dragons… Named best pitcher in the 2003 Cheetahs Cup… Also
played basketball, volleyball and softball… Was a youth basketball
coach and maintained a 4.1 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Personal — Full Name: Kyle James Forrest. Born: Jan. 14,
1986, at Lafayette, La. Parents: James and Linda Forrest, Austin
(two brothers). Major: Spanish/economics. College: Martel.
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
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Brian
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Friday
IF • R/R
5-11 • 180 • Fr.-HS
Houston (Bellaire Episcopal)
High School — 2004 graduate of Episcopal High School in
Bellaire... Three-year starter and letterman for the Knights under
coach Chris Russ... Earned all-Southwest Preparatory Conference
honors all three years... Posted a .420 batting average...
Teammate of fellow Owl Will McDaniel... Maintained a 3.3 grade
point average.
Personal — Full Name: Brian David Friday. Born: Dec. 16,
1985, at Houston. Parents: Randall and Charlene Friday, Houston
(one brother, one sister). Major: economics/managerial studies.
College: Will Rice.
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Brandon
Frith
P • R/R
6-5 • 220 • Fr.-Sq.
Richmond (Needville)
Rice — 2004: Redshirted first season with the Owls.
High School — Named the area pitcher of the year at Needville
School High... Led the Blue Jays to the 28-3A bi-district championship
and third round of the state playoffs... Maintained a 2.35 ERA with
128 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched to earn district MVP honors as
a senior in 2003... Coached by Keith Novicke... Two-year letterman
in football who earned honorable mention all-state at tight end as
a senior... Member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of
Christian Athletes.
Personal — Full Name: David Brandon Frith. Born: Nov. 2,
1984, at Houston. Parents: Jim and Terry Frith, Richmond (one
sister). Father played football at Rice, earning varsity letters in 1975
and ‘76 as a linebacker. Major: sports management. College: Sid
Richardson.
Josh
Geer
P • R/R
6-3 • 190 • Jr.-Tr.
Forney (High/Navarro JC)
Junior College — Two-year starting pitcher for Navarro
College in Corsicana... Teammate of current Owl Ryne Tacker...
Voted the conference’s most valuable player after posting a 1.78
ERA... Coached by Skip Johnson... Helped the Bulldogs to the 2003
conference championship.
High School — 2002 graduate of Forney High School... Fouryear starter and letterman for the Jackrabbits under coaches Ronnie
Ortegon and Sam Gillespie... Earned all-District 13-3A honors as a
freshman... Helped his team to the district championship and to
the state tournament two years in a row... Starter and letterman
for the football team... Posted a 4.3 grade point average (5.0 scale).
Personal — Full Name: Joshua Brent Geer. Born: June 2, 1983
at Dallas. Parents: Rick and Julie Geer, Forney (one brother, one
sister). Major: sports management/managerial studies. College:
Lovett.
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Jon
Gillespie
P • R/R
5-11 • 200 • Sr.-Sq.
Lake Park, Iowa (Harris)
Rice — 2004: Primary service to the team was preparing the
best college pitching staff in the country in the bullpen... Hard
worker and veteran who Wayne Graham relies on heavily...
Provided depth behind the plate and as a bullpen catcher. 2003:
Batted 1.000 for the eventual national champions... Went 1-for-1
and drove in a run in his only plate appearance... Good all-around
athlete who made the jump from a small high school to majorcollege athletics. 2002: Redshirt.
High School — 2001 graduate of Harris Lake Park Community
High School in Lake Park, Iowa… Four-year letterman for coach
Randy Nicks… A two-time all-Cornbelt Conference selection as a
catcher after second-team honors as a sophomore third baseman…
Hit .407 with six home runs as a senior for the Wolves… Also played
football and basketball in high school… Three-year letterman as a
tight end in Iowa’s eight-man District I… Three-year letterman in
basketball for the Wolves’ two-time district champions… Had a 3.95
GPA in high school and was named academic all-conference in all
three sports… Member of the 4-H Club at Lake Park-Harris.
Personal — Full Name: Jonathan Ray Gillespie. Born: Jan. 4,
1983, at Spirit Lake, Ia. Parents: Mike and Jean Gillespie, Lake
Park, Ia. (two brothers, one sister). Father played baseball at Iowa
State (1969-72), and brother, Mike, played at Macalester College in
Minnesota (1997-2000). Major: mechanical engineering. College:
Brown.
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PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
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Kyle
Gunderson
P/IF • R/R
6-3 • 200 • So.-1L
Austin (Anderson)
Rice — 2004: Started at first base on opening day for the
defending national champions... Went 1-for-2 and scored in his
Division I debut against eventual NCAA tournament team Texas
Tech at the Minute Maid Park College Classic... Made nine starts
and played in a total of 15 games... Doubled, drew a pair of walks
and scored in a start against Kansas State at Minute Maid... Scored
a pair of runs in a 4-1 win over regional rival Sam Houston State.
High School — All-state and all-central Texas selection at
Anderson High School in Austin... Named District 26-4A most
valuable player after leading the Trojans to the fourth round of the
state playoffs... Four-year starter for coach Troy Garis... Earned
two varsity letters in football and one in basketball... Academic
all-district honoree and member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — Full Name: Kyle Leonard Gunderson. Born:
Jan. 31, 1985, at Austin. Parents: Patrick and Maureen Gunderson,
Austin (one brother). Major: math/economics. College: Jones.
Gunderson’s Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
A
E
FLD%
2004
.261 15 9 23 7
GP GS AB
6
1 0 0
0
59 0
2
.967
2
27
7 .304 6
0
6
1 .400 1
0
0
Hale’s Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg GP GS AB
2004
.262 54 34 141 21 37
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
8 2 5 25 64 .454 12 1 28 1 .323 1
1
10 2
1
2
A
E
FLD%
0 1.000
Pitching
Year
ERA W
2004
4.61 1 3 11 0
L App GS CG SHO CBO SV
0
0
1
1
IP
H
R
ER BB SO
2 B 3 B HR
BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
13.2
11
8
7
4 0 3
58
13
6 13
.216 1
0
0
1
Tyler
Henley
OF • L/L
5-10 • 185 • Fr.-HS
Colleyville (Herritage)
Adam
Hale
OF/P • L/R
6-3 • 205 • So.-1L
Houston (Bellaire)
Rice — 2004: All-Houston Regional; Capped a solid debut
season of Division I baseball, utilizing hitting and pitching skills
into a wealth of playing time for the defending national champions...
Appeared in 54 of the team’s 60 games... Made 34 starts, including
a team-high 25 as the designated hitter and nine in right field...
Appeared in 11 games as a relief pitcher... Pitched and hit in the
same game a total of six times... Improved hitting in the second
half of the season, maintaining .289 average and .545 slugging
percentage in WAC games... Hit safely in 13-of-14 consecutive
games from May 9 to June 6... Batted .400 and led the team with
eight hits, including a double, at the NCAA Regional... Hit .303 with
runners on base and .395 with runners in scoring position... Collected
two or more hits in a game 10 times, highlighted by a three-hit
night vs. Texas Southern... Twice slugged a home run and a double
in the same game... Homers helped drive in a career-best three
runs in a game on two occasions (Owl wins over Texas State and
Hawaii)... Drove in two or more runs in a game six times... Logged
the most innings on the mound (13.2) among the freshmen...
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Worked a career-long 2.2 frames on the road against nationallyranked Texas A&M to earn his first career win... Registered a save
by throwing a pair of scoreless innings in relief of all-America Philip
Humber against San Jose State... Fanned a career-high three hitters
twice, both on the road against conference rivals Nevada and Fresno
State... Maintained a 2.2-to-1 strikeout to walks ratio... Held 51
hitters to a combined .216 batting average.
High School — A 2003 graduate of nearby Bellaire High
School... Four-year letterman as a pitcher and outfielder for one of
the state’s perennial prep powers... Batted .470 with 4 home runs
and 40 RBI as a senior... Led team to the second round of the state
playoffs in 2003 and to the regional finals in 2001... Coached by
Rocky Manuel.
Personal — Full Name: Adam Alexander Hale... Born: Mar. 7,
1985, at Houston... Parents: Mike and Becky Hale, Houston (one
sister). Major: social sciences. College: Will Rice.
High School — 2004 graduate of Heritage High School in
Colleyville... Three-year starter and letterman under coach Matt
Webb... Three-time first team all-district honoree... All-state and
all-area selection... Helped lead the Panthers to an 18-12 record
and fourth place tournament finish... Posted a .390 batting
average with 24 stolen bases, four home runs, six triples, nine
doubles and a 0.89 ERA... Also a three-year starter for the
football team... Received all-state honors as a senior and first team
all-district honors all three years... Voted offensive sophomore of
the year and district MVP... Tallied 1,700 rushing yards and 400
receiving yards... Helped the Panthers to two district championships and a three-year record of 22-11... Maintained a 5.06 grade
point average on a 5.0 scale.
Personal — Full Name: Paul Tyler Henley. Born: June 10,
1985, at Homewood, Ala. Parents: Van and Suzanne Henley,
Colleyville (two brothers). Major: economics/managerial studies.
College: Brown.
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
23 Mark
Krampitz
P • R/R
6-0 • 195 • Fr.-Sq.
Sealy (High)
Rice — 2004: Redshirted first season due to an injury.
High School — Two-time all-state selection at Sealy... Threeyear starter and four-year letterman for coach Richard Domel...
Led the Tigers to a 22-7 record and quarterfinals of the Class 3A
state playoffs... Maintained a .440 batting average... Also earned
four varsity letters as a member of the golf team.
Personal — Full Name: Mark Ian Krampitz. Born: Apr. 23,
1985, at Galveston. Parents: David and Sandy Krampitz, Sealy (two
brothers). Major: social sciences. College: Will Rice.
11 Dan
ny
Danny
Lehmann
C • R/R
5-8 • 180 • Fr.-HS
The Woodlands (High)
LAY-man
High School — 2004 graduate of The Woodlands High
School... Three-year starter for the Highlanders under coach Ron
Eastman... High school teammate of current Owl Jordan Dodson...
First team all-State and all-Greater Houston honoree as a senior...
Three-time all-District 15-5A selection... Awarded Montgomery
County defensive MVP as a catcher... Posted a .452 batting average
with seven home runs to help lead the Highlanders to a 30-5
record in 2004... Hit .391 during his prep career... Maintained a
3.78 grade point average and was a member of the National Honor
Society.
Personal — Full Name: Daniel Joseph Lehmann. Born: Sept.
5, 1985, at Denver, Colo. Parents: Will and Melinda Lehmann, The
Woodlands (two brothers). Major: economics/kinesiology. College:
Sid Richardson.
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Colin
Matheny
P • R/L
6-1 • 200 • Jr.-2L
Austin (Strake Jesuit)
ma-THEE-nee
Rice — Will sit out the 2005 season due to an injury. 2004:
Continued to gain experience with steady work out of the bullpen...
Made 10 appearances, all in relief... Finished third on the team
with a pair of saves... Final pitcher in six games overall... Scattered
three hits and struck out a season-high three in three frames to
earn a save against Texas State... Fired a scoreless inning with a
pair of strikeouts for a save on the road at WAC rival Louisiana
Tech... Maintained a 3.48 ERA until his final outing of the year at
home against Louisiana Tech. 2003: Spot starter who responded
with quality performances when called on... Had a 3-1 record with
a 2.29 ERA as a freshman... Threw 6.1 innings of shutout ball in his
first college start at Southwest Texas, allowed one hit in five innings
against Lamar, and shut out St. Mary’s on only two hits over 6.2
relief innings for his third win of the season... Won his second
game when the Owls rallied for a 10-5 win over Nevada, allowing
one hit in 3.1 relief innings... Threw two hitless innings in the win
over Wichita State in the regional.
High School — 2002 graduate of Strake Jesuit College
Preparatory School in Houston... Four-year letterman for coach Jeff
Wallis... Had a 5-5 record with a 2.15 earned run average for the
Crusaders... Struck out 89 batters and allowed only 20 walks as a
senior... Had a career record of 25-13 with a 2.40 ERA... High school
teammate of fellow Owl Matt Cavanaugh... Also led Jesuit to a 100 football record in ’01 as a quarterback, helping the Crusaders to
a win in the Jesuit Bowl... Threw for 950 yards and rushed for 600
more as a senior... Had a 3.6 high school GPA (4.0 scale),
participating in student government and the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes.
Personal — Full Name: Colin Barrett Matheny. Born: Oct. 15,
1983, at New Haven, Conn. Parents: John and Pat Matheny, Houston
(one sister). His father played basketball and golf at Ohio University.
College: Sid Richardson.
Matheny’s Rice Statistics
Year
ERA W
IP
H
R
ER BB SO
2 B 3 B HR
2003
2004
2.29 3 1 15 2
5.56 0 0 10 0
L App GS CG SHO CBO SV
0
0
0
0
3
1
1
2
39.1
11.1
19
14
11
7
10 15 27
7 3 6
4 0 1 153 .144 2
2 0 4 50 .298 0
2
0
0
0
4
0
Tot.
3.02 3
0
0
4
3
50.2
33
18
17 18 33
6 0 5
2
0
4
1 25
2
BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
203
.184
2
43 Will
McDaniel
P • R/R
6-6 • 205 • Fr.-HS
Houston (Bellaire Episcopal)
High School — 2004 graduate of Episcopal High School in
Bellaire... Three-year starting pitcher and letterman under coach
Chris Russ... High school teammate of fellow Owl Brian Friday...
Helped lead the Knights to a 20-9 record in 2004... Compiled a 7-2
record and 1.98 ERA... Fanned 65 hitters in 53 innings as a senior...
Was 21-5 with a 2.00 ERA and 184 strikeouts in 161.1 innings in
his prep career... Also started for the basketball team his freshman
year... Made the honor roll and was a member of the Students of
Service... Maintained a 4.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and
graduated summa cum laude.
Personal — Full Name: William Ward McDaniel. Born:
Aug. 30, 1985, at Houston. Parents: George and Ann McDaniel,
Houston (one brother, one sister). Major: mechanical engineering.
College: Baker.
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15
Matt
Moake
IF • R/R
5-10 • 165 • Jr.-1L
Houston (Bellaire Episcopal)
Rice — 2004: Quickly became a big part of the Owl lineup,
working his way into 32 games with 22 starts... Started 21 games
at second base and once as the designated hitter... Made his first
career start a memorable one, going 2-for-4 with a home run and
a career high five RBI against Wake Forest... Came back the next
day and posted career highs in runs scored (three) and hits (three),
including a double, in a win over Cal. State-Northridge... Recorded
a total of four multiple-hit games... Batted .289 with men on base
and .333 with runners in scoring position... One of five Owls to
drive in five runs in a single game in 2004... Finished with three
multiple-RBI games... Converted on two of three attempted steals...
Made a career-high five putouts against nationally-ranked Arizona
State... Tallied a career-high five assists in a home win over Louisiana Tech... Ended the year with 37 consecutive defensive plays
without an error. 2003: Appeared in two games with two at bats...
Scored one run after entering a game as a pinch-runner. 2002:
Redshirt.
High School — 2001 graduate of Episcopal High School in
Bellaire... Three-year letterman for coach Chris Russ... Hit .470
with six home runs and 25 stolen bases for the Knights as a senior...
Led Episcopal to a 25-6 record and the runner-up spot in the
Southwestern Preparatory Conference... Twice the Knights’ team
MVP... Had a 3.3 high school grade point average.
Personal — Full Name: Matthew Lawrence Moake. Born:
Oct. 13, 1982, at Boston, Mass. Parents: Joel and Betty Moake,
Houston (one sister). Father played baseball at TCU. Major:
managerial studies/sports management. College: Wiess.
Moake’s Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
E
FLD%
2003
2004
.000 2 0 2 1 0
.266 32 22 79 17 21
GP GS AB
R
H
0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
2 1 1 15 28 .354 7
0 2 0 .000 0
4 14 0 .344 3
0
5
0
2
0
3
0 0 0
52 49 3
.000
.971
Tot.
.259 34 22 81 18 21
2 1 1
4
5
2
3
52 49 3
.971
15 28 .346
28
7
16
0
.337
3
A
Adam
Morris
IF • R/R
6-3 • 205 • Sr.-1L
Conroe (Coppell/Navarro JC)
Rice — 2004: All-Silver Glove Series honoree... Worked his
way into a regular starting role in his first season of Division I
action... Made 32 starts at third base, 15 as the designated hitter
and one at second base... Batted .286 on the year and .306 playing
in all 10 games against Rice’s nationally-ranked opponents... Shared
the team lead with two grand slams, both of which were against
32
teams from the Big 12 Conference... Blasted the first slam against
Kansas State in the opening weekend of the season at the Minute
Maid Park College Classic, finishing the day with a career-best five
RBI on three hits... Was named the WAC player of the week (Feb.
16) for the opening series (4-for-8, a grand slam, triple and two
runs scored)... Hit the second slam two weeks later against numberthree Texas on the road in Austin to highlight a two-hit, four RBI
outing... Clubbed two or more hits in a game 15 times... Posted a
total of three three-hit days... Drove in two or more runs six times...
Longest hitting streak was six games (Mar. 6-14).
Junior College — Named junior college all-America at Navarro
in 2003... Two-year starter and all-conference selection at third
base for coach Arthur (Skip) Johnson... Led the Bulldogs to a secondplace finish in the region.
High School — Graduated in the top 10 in his class at Coppell
High school... Played six games as a senior in 2001 before suffering
a season-ending injury... Earned all-District 5-5A honors for the
Cowboys as a junior... Coached by David Curtiss.
Personal — Full Name: Adam Michael Morris. Born: Dec. 1,
1982, at Spring. Parents: Richard and Marla Morris, Conroe (one
brother). Major: sports management and kinesiology. College: Baker.
Morris’ Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg GP GS AB
2004
.276 53 48 174 36 48
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
11 1 5 28 76 .437 21 4 44 1 .365 1
3
25 56 11
1
5
3
A
E
FLD%
.880
Derek
Myers
IF • R/R
5-9 • 170 • Fr.-HS
Bellaire (High)
High School — 2004 graduate of Bellaire High School... Twoyear starter and three-year letterman for the Cardinals under coach
Rocky Manuel... First team all-state honoree... Selected to play in
the state’s high school all-star game as a senior... Two-time first
team all-District 18-5A selection... All-greater Houston honors from
the Houston Chronicle.... Preseason all-greater Houston honoree
by both the Chronicle and the Houston Athletic Commission... Posted
a .467 batting average with five home runs, 47 runs scored, 31 RBI
and 32 stolen bases in 2004... Career batting average was .460
with 62 steals... Helped lead the Cardinals to a team record of
30-7 and the state playoffs... Named a Texas Scholar... Maintained
a 3.4 grade point average.
Personal — Full Name: Derek Douglas Myers. Born: July 5,
1986, at Houston. Parents: Tim and Karen Myers, Bellaire.
Major: mechanical engineering. College: Wiess.
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
10 Lance
Pendleton
14 Garrett
Pennington
OF/P • L/R
6-3 • 195 • Jr.-2L
Kingwood (High)
P • R/R
6-3 • 215 • Sr.-1L
Cuero (High/Blinn JC)
Rice — 2004: All-Western Athletic Conference (second
team)... All-Silver Glove series honoree... Batted .326 and led the
team in home runs (11) and slugging percentage (.592) in his first
full season as a starter... Started 48 games, including 41 in right
field and seven in left... Tied for second on the team in doubles
(16) and finished third in runs (41), RBI (38), total bases (109),
on-base percentage (.423) and intentional walks (2)... Batted .347
in conference games and was ready for a big postseason, but injured
his knee the day before the NCAA Regional and sat out the June
games... Hit .330 with runners on base and .321 with players in
scoring position... Batted .300 against crosstown rival Houston to
earn all-series honors... Slugged two or more hits in a game 18
times, the fourth-highest total on the team... Twice collected a
career-best four hits in a game, vs. Texas A&M and against Texas
Tech on opening day at the Minute Maid Park College Classic...
Three of his four hits on opening day were doubles... Drove in two
or more runs in a game 11 times, including a career-best four against
WAC rival Fresno State... Solid defensive outfielder who registered
four assists while throwing out runners attempting to reach an
extra base... Strong arm allowed him to make one start on the
mound against Sam Houston State... Earned a win working 3.2
innings where he allowed three hits while striking out one. 2003:
Saw action in the outfield, as a designated hitter, and in long relief
on the mound... His double in the 11th inning at Houston (against
eventual major leaguer Ryan Wagner) drove in the winning run...
Hit .193 on the season with one home run and five RBI... Had a
3.93 ERA in 13 pitching appearances with no decisions.
High School — 2002 graduate of Kingwood High in suburban
northeast Houston... Three-year letterman for coach David Denny...
Led the 29-6 Mustangs to the Class 5A playoffs with an 11-3 pitching
record and a .500 batting average as a senior... Twice named allDistrict 22-5A, adding the league’s MVP honor as a senior... Tabbed
all-state and all-greater Houston... Played in the Tournament of
the Stars.
Personal — Full Name: Lance Michael Pendleton. Born:
Sept. 10, 1983, at Houston. Parents: David and Teri Pendleton,
Kingwood (one brother, two sisters). Major: kinesiology. College:
Will Rice.
Pendleton’s Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg
GP GS AB
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
A
E
.193 38 11 57 8 11
.326 51 49 184 41 60
2 0 1 5 16 .281 6 1 22 1 .281 0
16 0 11 38 109 .592 25 6 46 3 .423 0
0
4
1
1
2
2
6 2
53 4
1
1
.889
.983
Tot.
.295 89 60 241 49 71
18 0 12 43 125 .519 31
4
2
4
59 6
2
.970
68
4
.391
0
Pitching
L App GS CG SHO CBO SV
Year
ERA W
IP
H
R
ER BB SO
2 B 3 B HR
BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
2003
2004
3.93 0 0 13 0
2.45 1 0 1 1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
18.1
3.2
22
3
11
2
8 10 19
1 3 1
3 1 2
0 0 0
87
18
Tot.
3.68 1
0
0
1
0
22.0
25
13
9
3 1 2
0 14 1
13 20
.297 2
.231 1
105 .287
3
Pennington’s Rice Statistics
Pitching
Year
ERA W
2004
3.38 0 0 11 0
L App GS CG SHO CBO SV
0
0
2
1
IP
H
R
ER BB SO
2 B 3 B HR
BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
16.0
15
8
6
1 0 2
71
48
6 15
.234 2
0
1
0
Kurt
Pessa
FLD%
2003
2004
7
Rice — Will sit out the 2005 season due to an injury... 2004:
Pitched in 11 games for a talented and veteran Rice staff, all coming
out of the bullpen... Finished third on the team in relief
appearances... Maintained a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings of work...
Notched a save with a season-long 3.1 frames against Sam Houston
State... Fanned a season-high three Bearkats while allowing just
two hits, a walk and an unearned run... Struck out two batters
twice, against WAC rivals Nevada and Fresno State on the road...
Held hitters to a composite .234 batting average... ERA in conference
games was 2.84... Retired 13 of 15 batters that led off an inning
against him.
Junior College — Earned all-conference accolades in 2003,
helping Blinn to a 29-17 record overall... Compiled a 5-3 record
and a team-leading 2.38 ERA in 12 appearances for the
Buccaneers... Made nine starts and held a total of 238 batters faced
to a combined .239 average... Fired three complete games with
one shutout... Allowed 8.0 hits, 3.6 walks and 6.3 strikeouts per
nine innings... Coached by Brian Roper.
High School — Four-year letterman and starter at Cuero High
School... Three-time all-district, all-area and all-state selection as a
pitcher/outfielder... Maintained a 1.10 ERA and 10-3 record in 73
innings... Led the Gobblers to a 26-6 record and regional quarterfinal
appearance... Coached in baseball by Jerry Pyles... Also earned
varsity letters in football (three), track and field (three) and
powerlifting (two)... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — Full Name: Garrett Wade Pennington. Born:
May 22, 1983, at Cuero. Parents: Gary and Patsy Pennington, Cuero
(one brother, two sisters). Major: sports management/economics.
College: Sid Richardson.
1
1
2
1
0
0
2
3
0
P/IF • R/R
6-2 • 185 • Fr.-HS
Lubbock (Coronado)
High School — 2004 graduate of Coronado High School in
Lubbock... Four-year letterman under coach Jimmy Webster...
Selected all-city, all-district, all-4A/5A South Plains and as team’s
most valuable player... Earned all-state honors for baseball and
academics... Posted a .454 batting average and a 10-2 pitching
record with 1.66 ERA... Fanned 77 hitters as a senior... Helped lead
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2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
the Mustangs to the District 2-5A championship... Also a four-year
starter for the Mustang tennis team, helping the squad to a 29-1
record on the way to the 5A state title... Posted a singles record of
28-2 and a doubles mark of 29-2... Earned all-district and
academic all-state honors for tennis... Maintained a 4.62 grade point
average on a 5.0 scale.
Personal — Full Name: Kurt Hunter Pessa. Born: Nov. 2, 1985.
Pa rents: Mark and Jennifer Pessa, Lubbock (one sister).
Father played tennis at Trinity University in San Antonio. Mother
played tennis at Texas Tech. Major: computational and applied
mathematics. College: Sid Richardson.
19
Travis
Reagan
C • R/R
6-1 • 195 • So.-1L
Lubbock (Monterey)
Rice — 2004: All-Houston Regional; All-Silver Glove
Series... Played in 38 of the team’s 60 games and worked his way
into 24 starts for the defending national champions... Outstanding
defensive catcher who developed into a solid Division I hitter... Hit
a team-leading .462 with a team-best .769 slugging percentage at
the NCAA regional... Clubbed a pair of doubles, a triple, drew two
walks and scored four times in the NCAA tournament... Batted .299
for the year and .385 against the WAC... Hit .292 with the bases
empty and .290 with runners in scoring position... Knocked a pair
of doubles and drove in three runs in the series with crosstown
rival Houston to earn a spot on the all-Silver Glove team... Registered
two or more hits in a game six times, highlighted by a three-hit day
against Southland Conference champion Lamar... Drove in two or
more runs five times... Tallied a season-high three RBI with his first
career home run at Nevada... Led the team with seven sacrifice
bunts... Worked well with the Owls’ all-America pitching staff...
Threw out seven of 19 runners attempting to steal and picked
another off with a snap throw.
High School — Two-time all-state, all-city and all-district
selection at Monterey High School... Led the Plainsmen to a 29-7
record... Two-time all-state selection, earning the honor at catcher
as a senior and at third baseman as a junior... Coached by Fred
Oliver... Two-year letterman in football... Academic all-state
honoree... Served as senior class vice president.
Personal — Full Name: John Travis Reagan. Born: Aug. 31,
1984, at Amarillo. Parents: Brandt and Laura Reagan, Lubbock (one
brother, two sisters). College: Baker
Reagan’s Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg
2004
.299 38 24 97 14 29
34
GP GS AB
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
6 1 1 14 40 .412 10 2 20 1 .376 0
0
222 31 0 1.000
7
0
A
E
FLD%
41
Kyle
Reesing
OF/IF • R/R
5-11 • 195 • Fr.-HS
Austin (Lake Travis)
High School — 2004 graduate of Lake Travis High School in
Austin... Four-year starter and letterman for the Cavaliers under
coach Roy Kinnan... Three-time all-district 25-4A selection and allstate infielder as a junior in 2003... Two-time team MVP and was
voted newcomer of the year in 2002... Hit .370 with six home runs,
four triples, 30 RBI, 25 runs scored as a senior... Maintained a
career .365 average with 14 home runs and 73 RBI... Helped lead
the Cavaliers to the bi-district championship and area finals in 2002
and 2004... Also a three-year starter and letterman for the football
team... Earned first team all-district honors as a free safety, the
defensive back of the year award and selection to the all-centex
team... Second team all-district as a punter... Cavaliers’ defensive
and special teams most valuable player... Member of the National
Honor Society, a National Merit Commended Scholar and an
advanced placement scholar with honors... Maintained a 102.3 grade
point average on a 100 scale... Graduated fourth in his class.
Personal — Full Name: Kyle Thomas Reesing. Born: Sept. 4,
1985, at Austin. Parents: Steve and Debi Reesing, Austin (one
brother, one sister). Major: managerial studies/pre-med.
College: Martel.
16 Clay
Reichenbach
IF • R/R
6-2 • 190 • Sr.-1L
Pflugerville (High/McLennan CC)
RIKE-en-bok
Rice — 2004: Steady fielding third baseman whose hitting
improved over the course of the season, particularly in the second
half where his average was .291... Batted .400 while starting all
five games in the NCAA tournament... Led the team in RBI and
total bases at the regional... Hit the team’s only home run in the
postseason, a game-tying two-run shot in the seventh inning of
the championship final against nationally-ranked Texas A&M...
Batted .357 (5-for-14) in all games against nationally-ranked
opponents... Hit .286 against WAC competition and .306 with
runners on base... Clubbed two or more hits in a game eight times
with a career-high three on the road against WAC-rival Nevada...
Drove in a career-best three runs that day against the Wolf Pack
and tied the mark with three against Texas A&M in the regional...
Hit safely in six consecutive games (May 21-29)... Made only three
defensive errors in 79 total chances at the hot corner... Made 28
starts at third base and two at first... Posted a Rice-best five assists
in a game three different times.
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
Junior College — Two-year starter at third base for McLennan
Community College in Waco... Batted .350 for the Highlanders with
five home runs and 36 RBI last season... Tied for the team in doubles
with 14... Coached by David Wrensinski.
High School — All-area and all-District 14-5A selection at
Pflugerville High... Three-year letterman and starter for the
Panthers... Coached by Don Fry... Hit .360 with six homers to lead
the squad to the third round of the state playoffs as a senior.
Personal — Full Name: Clayton Ross Reichenbach. Born:
March 9, 1983, at Houston. Parents: Mickey and Diane Reichenbach,
Pflugerville (two brothers). Father played baseball at Texas, was
the outstanding player in the 1975 College World Series, and later
played in the Kansas City Royals organization. Major: kinesiology.
College: Lovett.
brothers). Rice Major: economics. College: Wiess.
Rodgers’ Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg
2004
.343 59 57 216 40 74
GP GS AB
R
H
Year
Avg
2004
.266 39 30 109 20 29
GP GS AB
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
E
FLD%
4 0 2 17 39 .358 18 0 32 3 .364 2
1
25 62 3
.967
26
5
1
A
Adam
Rodgers
IF/C • R/R
6-0 • 205 • Sr.-1L
Grapevine (High/Grayson CC)
Rice — 2004: All-Houston Regional; All-Western Athletic
Conference (second team); All-Silver Glove Series... Recorded an
outstanding first season of Division I baseball... Led the Owls in
doubles (21) and games played (59) and shared the team lead in
RBI (60) and games started (57)... The 60 RBI also led the WAC
(with teammate Paul Janish)... Finished second on the team in
slugging (.556) and total bases (120) and was third in hitting (.343),
home runs (7) and triples (2)... Maintained a .420 on-base
percentage... Batted .351 against WAC foes and .368 in the NCAA
Regional... Hit .316 in 10 games against Rice’s nationally-ranked
opponents... Batted .358 with men on, .357 with the bases loaded
and a tough .446 with two outs already recorded in the inning...
Collected two or more hits in a game 23 times, including a careerbest four hits twice (on the road at WAC rivals Hawaii and Nevada)...
Drove in 31 of 60 runs with two outs already recorded in the inning...
Tallied two or more RBI in a game 15 times, highlighted by a grand
slam-powered five at Nevada... One of three Owls to hit a grand
slam... Hit safely in 11 consecutive games during one stretch (May
8-29)... Drew more walks (26) than struck out (23)... Second in
both sacrifice hits (5) and sacrifice flies (3)... Made 35 starts behind
the plate, 18 at first base and four as the designated hitter... Solid
defensive player... Did a good job catching and handling the Owls’
heralded pitching staff... Threw out 13 of 50 would-be stealers and
picked off two with snap throws behind the runner.
Junior College — Started at catcher for two years for Grayson
County College in Denison... Led the Vikings to the Junior College
World Series in 2003 and was named to the series all-tournament
team... Coached by Tim Tadlock.
High School — 2001 graduate of Grapevine High... Fouryear starter and letterman for the Mustangs and coach Tim McCune.
Personal — Full Name: Mark Adam Rodgers. Born: Dec. 1,
1982, at Dallas. Parents: Mark and Stacy Rodgers, Grapevine (two
SB ATT
PO
E
FLD%
21 2 7 60 120 .556 26 5 23 8 .420 3
1
496 48 7
.987
12
5
1
A
Josh
Rodriguez
IF/OF • R/R
6-0 • 180 • So.-1L
Houston (South Houston)
Reichenbach’s Rice Statistics
Hitting
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
Rice — 2004: Western Athletic Conference Freshman
of the Year... Started 51 of 60 games for the defending national
champions... Made 38 starts at second base, 10 in right field and
three at shortstop... Only Owl other than all-America Chris
Kolkhorst to bat in the leadoff spot, which he did four times...
Steady hitter who batted .306 on the year, .311 against the WAC
and .300 with runners in scoring position... Hit safely in 11 games
from Mar. 23 to Apr. 10 to tie for the third-longest streak on the
team all season... Led the team in stolen bases and was a perfect
six-for-six in attempts... Finished second on the squad in triples
(4), highlighted by two triples and a home run in one game against
Miami (Ohio)... Also slugged three-baggers in road wins at San
Jose State and Baylor... Tallied two or more hits in a game 15 times...
Collected three hits in a game seven times, tying for the most on
the team... Only player on the team to record two sacrifice hits in
one game... Drove in two or more runs in a game 10 times, including
a career-best four-RBI day against Miami... Tied for sixth on the
team in runs scored (36)... Scored a career-high three times on
two occasions... Turned or started 22 of the team’s 48 double plays
from both spots in the middle infield... Threw out one advancing
runner from right field.
High School — Three-year starter at South Houston High
School... Played mainly second base for Trojan head coach Monte
Erwin... Selected in the major league draft by the New York Yankees.
Personal — Full Name: Joshua Joel Rodriguez. Born:
Dec. 18, 1984, at Houston. Parents: David and Linda Rodriguez,
Houston (two sisters). College: Martel.
Rodriguez’ Rice Statistics
Hitting
Year
Avg
2004
.306 57 51 186 36 57
GP GS AB
R
H
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
E
FLD%
9 4 2 33 80 .430 19 3 37 2 .376 2
6
73 83 8
.951
20
3
6
A
Joe
Savery
P/IF • L/L
6-3 • 215 • Fr.-HS
Bellaire (Lamar)
SAVE-a-ree
High School — 2004 graduate of nearby Lamar High School...
Four-year starter and letterman for the Redskins under coach Jorge
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2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
Garza... Earned first team all-state and first team all-greater
Houston honors in 2003 and 2004... Three-time first team allDistrict 18-5A honoree... Voted 18-5A most valuable player in 2004...
Named 2004 Texas Proline player of the year... Hit .556 with seven
home runs and 40 RBI as a senior... Was a perfect 11-0 on the
mound with 93 strikeouts and a 0.53 ERA... Slugged 20 career
home runs and posted a 24-5 pitching record... Helped lead the
Redskins to a 29-4 record and the district championship... The team
was nationally ranked in three polls his senior year... Also a twoyear starter and three-year letterman for the football team... Named
the district’s offensive MVP... First-team all-district as a quarterback and punter... Threw for 1,950 yards and 23 touchdowns while
running for another... Helped team to 11-2 record, district title and
trip to the regional finals... Maintained a 3.98 grade point average.
Personal — Full Name: Joseph Cain Savery. Born: Nov. 4,
1985, at Houston. Parents: Warren Savery and Pam Aderholt, Bellaire
and Houston (two brothers, three sisters). Uncle, George Cain,
played football for Mississippi. Major: managerial studies/sports
management. College: Hanszen.
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Cole
St.Clair
Starting pitcher for coach Skip Johnson who helped lead the
Bulldogs to the Conference championship... Earned academic allAmerica honors.
Texas A&M — Appeared in seven games with two starts as a
pitcher at nationally-ranked Texas A&M in 2003... Maintained a 4.02
ERA with no decisions or saves in 15. 2 innings of work in first
season of Division I baseball... Struck out 13 of 60 batters faced
and held all hitters to a combined .267 average.
High School — 2002 graduate of Western Hills High School
in Fort Worth... Two-year starter and letterman for the Cougars
under coach Steve Jimenez... Two-time first-team all-state
honoree and all-district 7-4A MVP... Selected to the University
Interscholastic League all-tournament team... Went 13-2 as a
senior... Won 25 games during prep career, leading the team win
two district titles... Helped lead the Cougars the state championship
his junior year and to the regional quarterfinals his senior year... A
three-year starter and letterman for the football team... Two-time
all-district punter, first team all-district place kicker... Also a threeyear starter and letterman in basketball... Four-year scholar... Maintained a 4.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and graduated
sixth in a class of 300.
Personal — Full Name: Nathan Ryne Tacker. Born: Feb. 2,
1984, at Fort Worth. Parents: Bob and Cindy Tacker, Benbrook (one
brother, one sister). Father played baseball at Sam Houston State
University. Sister, Nikki, played softball at North Central Junior College. Major: kinesiology/managerial studies. College: Baker.
P • L/L
6-5 • 225 • Fr.-HS
Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill)
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High School — 2004 graduate of Foothill High School in Santa
Ana, Calif... Two-year starter for the Knights under coach Gary
Fishel... Named the 2004 league MVP (an honor earned over his
teammate Phillip Hughes, who was the number-one draft pick by
the New York Yankees)... Earned second team all-county and first
team all-California Interscholastic Federation honors... Went 11-1
with a save while maintaining a 1.16 ERA with 83 in 72.2 innings...
Held batters to a combined .209 average... Career statistics included 15 wins and 104 strikeouts in 96.67 innings... Led the Knights
to a 23-5 record and conference title champions... Academic honor
roll for all eight semesters... Named a scholar athlete with a 3.6
grade point average.
Personal — Full Name: Allen Cole St.Clair. Born: July 30, 1986,
at Newport Beach, Calif. Parents: Jay and Jessica St.Clair, Scottsdale,
Ariz. and Santa Ana, Calif. (two sisters). Father playe d
basketball at Southern California. Major: economics. College: Sid
Richardson.
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Ryne
Tacker
P • R/R
6-1 • 185 • Jr.-Tr.
Benbrook (Western Hills/Navarro JC)
Junior College — 2004 graduate of Navarro College in
Corsicana... Junior college teammate of current Owl Josh Geer...
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Adam
Traweek
P • L/L
5-8 • 170 • Jr.-Tr.
East Bernard (High/Alvin CC)
TRAY-week
Junior College — 2003 graduate of Alvin Community
College... Two-year starting pitcher and letterman for the Dolphins
under coach Bryan Alexander... Junior college teammate of current
Owl Greg Buchanan... Helped lead the Dolphins to a third place
finish at the regional tournament... Redshirted the 2002 season.
High School — 2001 graduate of East Bernard High School...
Four-year starter and letterman for the Brahmas under coach Greg
Morille... Received all-state honors in 2001 as an outfielder.
Personal — Full Name: Adam Thayer Traweek. Born: Apr. 26,
1983, at Midland. Parents: Tony and Shawna Traweek, East
Bernard (two brothers). Brother, Ryan, plays football at the University of Houston. College: Martel.
PLAYER PROFILES
2005 RICE OWLS BASEBALL
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Matt
Ueckert
semifinals in ’02... Maintained a 4.04 grade point average (4.0 scale).
Personal — Full Name: Matthew Fant Ueckert. Born: Mar. 8,
1984, at Houston. Parents: John and Lizbeth Ueckert, Houston (one
brother, two sisters). Major: civil and environmental engineering.
College: Hanszen.
Ueckert’s Rice Statistics
Pitching
P/IF • L/L
6-5 • 235 • Jr.-2L
Houston (Bellaire)
EK-urt
Rice — 2004: Proved to be extremely valuable to the team
with key roles on both sides of the ball... Appeared in a total of 52
games with 41 starting assignments... Started at first base 32 times,
as the designated hitter six times and as the starting pitcher six
times (that equals 44 starts, but he juggled hitting and pitching
duties to serve as both the starting pitcher and designated hitter
on three occasions)... Last appearance of the year was as the starting
pitcher in an elimination game in the NCAA tournament against
Texas Southern, where he fired a complete game four-hitter with
12 strikeouts and no walks... Other starts on the mound included
key games against Texas A&M, Baylor, Lamar, Houston and Kansas
State... Earned his first career win by firing five shutout innings at
Kansas State in the finale of the Minute Maid Park College Classic...
Held the Wildcats to just two hits and two walks while striking out
six... Struck out four in four innings against Lamar and teamed
with reliever Eddie Degerman to hold the Cardinals to just one
hit for the game... Pitched three scoreless innings of one-hit relief
to earn a win over McNeese State... Held 125 opposing hitters to a
composite .192 batting average... Averaged 6.1 hits, 2.6 walks and
8.4 strikeouts per nine innings of work... Improved hitting from the
year before, batting a steady .293 overall, .297 against WAC
competition, .295 with the bases empty and .292 with runners on...
Hit .364 against Rice’s nationally-ranked opponents... Slugged two
or more its in a game 11 times... Tied a career-high with three hits
on the road at San Jose State... Tallied multi-RBI games seven
times... Drove in three runs to tie a career-high twice, at Hawaii
and at home vs. San Jose State... Recorded the fifth-longest hitting
streak on the team, nine games from Apr. 16 to May 9... Connected
for home runs against Texas State and on the road against WAC
foe Louisiana Tech... Three of his seven doubles were against San
Jose State. 2003: Solid two-way player who showed promise on
the mound and in hitting duty... Gave up one unearned run in one
inning of work at Houston and had two strikeouts in 1.1 innings at
Lamar... Served as the DH against right-handed pitching for most
of the the postseason... Went 3/6 in two starts in the championship
series against Stanford, driving in all three runs in the 8-3 loss to
the Cardinal... Went 2/5 in two starts as the designated hitter vs.
Louisiana Tech, with a two-run single against the Bulldogs in the
Saturday win... Combined with Jeff Niemann in the 11-0 win at
San Jose State, allowing two hits over the final two innings...
Finished his freshman season with a .279 average and eight RBI.
High School — 2002 graduate of nearby Bellaire High School...
Four-year letterman for coach Rocky Manuel... Three-time all-District
17-5A performer for the Cardinals... Twice named Class 5A all-state
as a pitcher/first baseman... As a senior, hit .400 with seven home
runs, 10 doubles, and 30 RBI, and had a 2-2 record with a 1.30
ERA on the mound... For his Bellaire career, hit .420 with 13 home
runs, 31 doubles and 100 RBI... Was 22-2 on the mound for his
schoolboy career with a 1.34 ERA... Led the Cardinals to the regional
Year
ERA W
IP
H
R
ER BB SO
2 B 3 B HR
2003
2004
3.86 0 1 12 0
3.06 3 0 11 6
L App GS CG SHO CBO SV
0
1
0
0
1
2
0
0
14.0
35.1
21
24
8
14
6 9 11
12 10 33
2 0 0 70 .368 1
8 0 1 139 .192 4
1
2
1
0
2
2
Tot.
3.28 3
1
0
3
0
49.1
45
22
18 19 44
10 0 1
5
3
1
4
A
E
FLD%
1 23 6
BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA
209 .247
Hitting
Year
Avg
2 B 3 B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH
SB ATT
PO
2003
2004
.279 32 13 43 2 12
.293 52 42 150 25 44
GP GS AB
R
H
0 0 0 8 12 .279 6 0 7 2 .367 0
7 0 2 28 57 .380 14 1 23 6 .355 1
1
4
0
0
0
0
0 4 0 1.000
247 18 3 .989
Tot.
.290 84 55 193 27 56
7 0 2
5
0
0
247 22 3
36 69 .358 20
39
1
30
8
.358
1
.989
Jacob
Yunis
C • R/R
6-0 • 170 • Fr.-HS
Houston (St. John’s)
High School — 2004 graduate of nearby St. John’s School...
Two-year starter and letterman for the Mavericks under coach Marty
Thompson... All-Southwest Preparatory Conference honoree... Voted
St. John’s most improved baseball player in 2003... Earned the
school’s athletic excellence award for baseball as a senior in 2004...
Also a two-year letterman for the Maverick football team.
Personal — Full Name: Jacob Nathan Yunis. Born: Dec. 31,
1985, at Boston, Mass. Parents: Harvey Yunis and Rachel Buchman
Yunis, Houston (one sister). Major: mechanical engineering.
College: Jones.
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Adam
Zornes
C/IF • R/R
6-0 • 200 • Fr.-HS
Houston (St. Thomas)
High School — 2004 graduate of St. Thomas High School in
Houston... Three-year starter and letterman for the Eagles under
coach Jim Connor... Three-time all-state and all-district honoree...
Served as team captain for two years... Batted .381 with four home
runs, a .571 slugging percentage and 17 RBI as a senior year...
Helped lead the team to a 26-7 record and to the 2004 TAPPS 5A
state and district championship... Also started and lettered for the
football team... Student council member... Maintained a 91.36 grade
point average on 100 scale.
Personal — Full Name: Adam Richard Zornes. Birthdate: Apr.
2, 1986, at Houston. Parents: Scott and Mam Zornes, Houston (one
sister, one brother). Father played football at Pittsburg State
University. Uncle, Mickey Miller, played football at the University of
Missouri. Major: economics/managerial studies. College: Baker.
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