2003 Rice Owls baseball team

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2003 Rice Owls baseball
Rice University Athletic Mark.svg
Conference Western Athletic Conference
2003 record 58-12 (25–5 WAC)
Head coach Wayne Graham (12th year)
Assistant coach David Pierece (1st year)
Assistant coach Mike Taylor (3rd year)
Assistant coach Zane Curry (4th year)
Home stadium Reckling Park
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The 2003 Rice Owls baseball team represented Rice University in the 2003 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Owls played their home games at Reckling Park. The team was coached by Wayne Graham in his 12th season at Rice.

The Owls won 30 consecutive games to open the season 33-1 and won the Western Athletic Conference championship. Rice went on to win the College World Series, defeating the Stanford Cardinal in the championship series. It was the first national title that Rice had ever won in a team sport in the school's 91-year history.


2003 Rice Owls roster



  • *not on postseason roster



  • 1 Sean Hirsch - Junior
  • 5 Drew Skaggs* - Senior
  • 11 Paul Janish - Sophomore
  • 13 Enrique Cruz - Junior
  • 15 Matt Moake - Sophomore
  • 22 Matt Ueckert - Freshman
  • 23 Craig Stansberry - Junior
  • 27 Vincent Sinisi - Junior


  • 2 Matt Emerson - Freshman
  • 3 Matt Cavanaugh - Freshman
  • 4 Jeff Jorgenson - Sophomore
  • 7 Chris Kolkhorst - Junior
  • 9 Austin Davis - Sophomore
  • 16 Dane Bubela - Senior


  • 12 Jeff Blackinton - Junior
  • 19 Justin Ruchti - Senior
  • 29 Jon Gillespie - Sophomore
  • 35 Lyndon Duplessis - Freshman


2003 Rice Owls Baseball Game Log
Regular Season

Awards and honors[edit]

Dane Bubela
  • All-WAC First Team[1]
Enrique Cruz
  • All-America Third Team[1]
  • College World Series All-Tournament Team[2]
  • All-WAC First Team[1]
Austin Davis
  • All-WAC First Team[1]
Philip Humber
  • All-America Second Team[1]
  • All-WAC First Team[1]
Paul Janish
  • All-WAC Second Team[1]
Jeff Jorgensen
  • All-WAC First Team[1]
Chris Kolkhorst
  • College World Series All-Tournament Team[2]
  • All-WAC First Team[1]
Jeff Niemann
  • All-America First Team[1]
  • College World Series All-Tournament Team[2]
  • WAC Pitcher of the Year[1]
Justin Ruchti
  • All-WAC Second Team[1]
Vincent Sinisi
  • All-WAC First Team[1]
Wade Townsend
  • All-America First Team[1]
  • All-WAC First Team[1]

Owls in the 2003 MLB Draft[edit]

The following members of the Rice Owls baseball program were drafted in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.[3]

Player Position Round Overall MLB Team
David Aardsma RHP 1st 22nd San Francisco Giants
Vincent Sinisi 1B 2nd 46th Texas Rangers
Craig Stansberry 3B 5th 135th Pittsburgh Pirates
Jeff Jorgensen OF 7th 209th Houston Astros
Justin Ruchti C 9th 266th Seattle Mariners
Enrique Cruz SS 14th 424th New York Yankees
Steven Herce RHP 17th 495th Pittsburgh Pirates
Dane Bubela OF 22nd 646th Texas Rangers


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "2012 Rice Baseball Fact Book" (PDF). RiceOwls.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "CWS Record Book" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "2003 Rice University". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

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