The starting pitching was the crown jewel of the 2019 Rice baseball team, giving the Owls a chance every time they took the diamond.
Coach Matt Bragga’s first season at South Main was filled with highs and lows. Now that the last pitch has been thrown, it’s time to take a closer look at 2019 starting with the starting pitchers, who more than lived up to their lofty early season expectations.
6-5 Record | 2.81 ERA | 99.1 innings | 121 strikeouts | 23 walks | .199 batting average against
In every way, Canterino was as advertised this season. As the offense and defense swung from one extreme to another he remained consistent. His bad outings were serviceable and his best outings were the kind of gems noticed by pro scouts. Canterino was the preseason Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and awarded the same honor at the conclusion of the regular season. The junior will be an early round selection in the upcoming MLB Draft, a fitting end to an impressive collegiate career.
6-2 Record | 3.24 ERA | 80.2 innings | 108 strikeouts | 32 walks | .200 batting average against
Addison Moss was meant to be the Saturday night starter this year. Injuries kept that from ever materializing, while at the same time opening the door for Evan Kravetz. The senior southpaw took the opportunity and ran with it, becoming arguably the most unexpected, yet impactful member of the Rice team this season. His numbers are comparable to Canterino’s. That alone is an impressive feat
4-8 Record | 4.32 ERA | 73 innings | 68 strikeouts | 23 walks | .276 batting average against
The Owls’ Sunday starter for most of the season, Parthasarathy excelled when it was his turn on the bump. He threw strikes and got outs while setting career highs across the board. He didn’t come close to the strikeout numbers of Canterino and Kravetz, but he was one of the handful of arms able to consistently go deep into games and battle through a rough patch or too without having things fall apart.
1-3 Record | 4.37 ERA | 45.1 innings | 27 strikeouts | 19 walks | .265 batting average against
The only other member of the Rice pitching staff with more than three starts, sophomore hurler Kel Bordwine settled into the midweek starter role rather early in the season. As he proved his effectiveness in short outings, he was trusted with more. Bordwine’s role will only grow with this team.
Others on the bump
Addison Moss, Drake Greenwood, Garrett Gayle, Dalton Wood
There weren’t many remaining starting opportunities to go around. Only four other Owls’ got starts, to varying degrees of success. Most of the impact of these four came as members of the relief corps, with the exception of Moss who saw his season ended abruptly with injuries.
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