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Stringer Named Pre-Season All-America Selection

HOUSTON — RIce University senior second baseman Christian Stringer has been tabbed as a 2013 preseason All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America, the organization announced Wednesday.

The former Navarro College star from Longview was named to the NCBWA’s second team after helping Rice to a 41-19 record, a claim of the Conference USA regular season championship, and a host position for an NCAA Regional at Reckling Park.

In his first season after transferring from Navarro, Stringer took C-USA by storm.  He had a team-leading .343 batting average in 59 starts and maintained a .389 average in C-USA league games.  He led the team and ranked among conference leaders in hits (81), runs scored (58) and on-base percentage (.448).  Stringer was second in walks (38) and steals (6), but his defense may have made the biggest impact.  Stringer maintained a .978 fielding percentage, and turned or started 35 of Rice’s 46 double plays last season.

Under the direction of head coach Wayne Graham, Rice has won 17 straight conference championships, made 18 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and hosted regional tournaments 10 of the last 12 seasons.  The Owls have made seven trips to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Owls open the 2013 season at home February 15 when they host national power Stanford for a three-game weekend series at Reckling Park.