If you love Rice baseball as much as I do, it doesn’t get much better than going to Omaha for the College World Series. No matter what the outcome, you know the team worked hard to get this far, and this year was no exception. With the program’s seventh trip to the CWS since 1997, and third consecutive trip, the Owls registered another sensational season.
Rice won at least 42 games for the 14th-straight year on the way to another Conference USA regular-season championship, and the team members garnered a number of individual awards for their performance on the field and in the classroom. Rice had a sky-high rating power index from the NCAA, which allowed the team to showcase the renovated Reckling Park to record crowds for the Regional and Super Regional rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
And for the 2009 season, Head Coach Wayne Graham and his staff will return a host of talented young players and are bringing in one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.
For complete coverage of the 2008 College World Series, including a photo gallery, visit:There’s a sad part to the term “next season,” because a lot of these fine young men will move on. Some have graduated, and some might live out their dreams by taking a chance in the pro ranks. But no matter where they go or what they do, the character of these ballplayers will never cease to amaze me.