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Rice Owls Baseball Tickets
Location: Houston, Texas
Conference: Conference USA
2019 Record: 26-33
2019 Conference Record: 14-16
Rice Owls Baseball TicketsFor the better part of two decades the Rice Owls were one of, if not the most, preeminent programs in college baseball. For the 1990s and most of the early 2000s, Rice was a staple in the postseason. A remarkable 23 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament saw the Owls make seven trips to the College World Series, including a 2003 Championship in Omaha. That 2003 season saw Rice put up an incredible 58-12 regular season record. It's easy to think about the "bigger" schools that take up much of the sports' landscape in Texas, but for two of the last three decades, it's hard to discuss NCAA baseball without recognizing the dominance of the Rice Owls. While the Owls aren't as dominant right now as they were during those two decades, they are fighting to reclaim their spot at the top of the college baseball world. Make plans to see a live Rice Owls Baseball game and grab your tickets today at StubHub.
Who is the head coach for the Rice Owls baseball team?In June of 2018, Matt Bragga was named the 21st head coach in the history of Rice's baseball program. Bragga played college baseball for four years at the University of Kentucky. where he was a four-year letterman from 1991-1994. While he went on to a brief career with the Cincinnati Reds, Bragga has been coaching college baseball since 1997. Before coming to Rice, he served as the head coach for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles for 15 years. While at Tennessee Tech, Bragga won four Ohio Valley Coach of the Year Awards and took the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament once. Bragga's first season as the head coach of the Owls saw Rice pitchers lead Conference USA in strikeouts with 520 on their way to a 26-win season.
Where do the Rice Owls play baseball?Rice's baseball stadium was opened in the year 2000 during the Owls' remarkable run through college baseball. With a seating capacity north of 7,000 fans, Reckling Park is still one of the premier baseball stadiums in all of college athletics. The Owls have been nearly unbeatable at Reckling Park, winning 77% of their 600-plus games at home since the year 2000. Rice does something every season to improve Reckling Park, most recently adding a 1000-square-foot LED video board that is among the largest in college baseball.
Are there any former Rice Owls in Major League Baseball?While Rice has been putting players into the Big Leagues since 1922, their impressive run through the 1990s and early 2000s saw several players become regular contributors to MLB teams. Sluggers like Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz and Paul Janish were all parts of those wildly successful Owls teams. As of today, pitchers Tyler Duffy and Jon Duplainter as well as All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon are the only Rice alumni on active rosters.
Do the Rice Owls have any rivals in baseball?Seeing collegiate sports teams have intense rivalries with intrastate schools is common. Rice's chief rival is even closer than that, though. Rice University officially opened in Houston, Texas, in 1912. Just 15 years later, the University of Houston also opened. Though Rice has been the more successful baseball program by a wide margin, the battle for supremacy between the Rice Owls and the crosstown Houston Cougars has characteristics of both schools for nearly 100 seasons.
Where can I buy Rice Owls baseball tickets?You can get your tickets to see the Rice Owls and the rest of the teams in Conference USA, at StubHub. Here, you can also find the Rice Owls Baseball schedule and detailed event information.
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