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Cole St.Clair

School

Rice University

Position
Pitcher
Major
Economics
Ht
6'5
ERA
2.65
W-L
9-2
Cole St.Clair Winner

Classroom

Rice University, one of the more challenging research-oriented University in the United States, where Cole St. Clair is an Economics major, maintains a 3.23 GPA, and is on-track to graduate in four years. He was a 2005 Western Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete, and a three-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll student. In addition, he was selected as the 2008 Rice Scholar Athlete for the Rice Baseball Team.

Character

Cole St. Clair is one of the finest student-athletes we have had. He excels in the classroom and on the field. Cole is a giving person who looks to serve the community. He is a great teammate. St.Clair is extremely recognizable on campus. He stands a full 6-foot-5 and, true to his California roots, zooms around campus on his skateboard. There are always sub-groups at any campus, and whether its the student-athletes, the “skateboarders,” or “the brains” who are also in his favorite Rice class, Naval Weapons Defense Systems, St.Clair is right at home. The Owls’ big left-hander will no doubt be a professional one day, and probably have a lot of fine years in baseball. There is, however, only one senior year in college and Rice’s Cole St.Clair is smart, talented and confident enough to know it should be part of everyone’s experience

Community

Helped raise money for a local Houston neighborhood center to sponsor a family for Christmas and has assisted with baseball team’s clothing drive for the Star of Hope Fondation in Houston. He has visited with and met several young men from the Omaha School for Boys, a residential group home for at-risk school-aged boys.

Competition

Finished 2007 with a 1.91 ERA in 28.1 innings and 16 appearances. He faced 103 hitters, held the opponents to a combined .214 batting average and struck out 26 in 28.1 IP, for an average of 8.3 K’s per nine innings. His strikeouts-to-walks ratio was 3.3-to-1. He quickly moved up the Conference USA leaderboard to tie for third in the league in saves (9). Allowed just one run in 12.0 innings pitched in the NCAA Tournament, saving three games in four outings. Fired 3.0 scoreless frames for a save against North Carolina in the winner’s bracket game of the College World Series. Did not allow any runs in 6.2 innings of work at the CWS, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out four. Earned a save in the deciding game of the Super Regional with 2.2 innings of two-hit relief against Texas A&M. Fired 2.2 scoreless innings to earn a save in the Regional’s winner’s bracket game against TCU. Notched saves against NCAA Regional-bound Memphis (twice), Regional host Texas, Tulane, UCF and UAB. Threw just three pitches to earn the save on the road at UAB. Struck out a season-high four batters in one inning at Lamar (after the batter advanced to first base on a wild pitch). Had one stretch where he faced a heavy-hitting NCAA Regional-bound Memphis team three-consecutive times starting on May 15.