CWS: I almost forgot... say goodbye to- Rice

By Eric Sorenson - June 24, 2006

I didn't pay homage to the Owls after they were eliminated by Oregon State. My bad. So here goes.

You have to be impressed with coach Wayne Graham's season. The Owls stayed at or near the top all season long, playing at an extrememly high level and finish with an incredibly impressive record of 57-13. Who woulnd't take that? Okay, so their bats went south at the wrong time, scoring just one run in the final 28 innings of their season. I was pretty shocked by that. Not just 'coz they faced some great pitching, but because players like Josh Rodriguez, Joe Savery, Brian Friday and Aaron Luna were some of the better hitters I'd seen all season long.

But let's face it people, this is Rice. They're not going away anytime soon. Sure they may lose some wicked arms off this team, like Eddie Degerman and Bryce Cox, but they were so deep on the mound, the Owls won't miss a beat next year.

And get this, 10 of the top 12 position players will be back next year as well. My prediction (which doesn't exactly make a titanic wave by any stretch) is that Rice will be the pre-season No. 1 team next year.

Even Wayne Graham himself said in the post-game interview room, "We'll be back again." Yep.

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 02:27 PM on June 24, 2006

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