On Rice: Good hitter who can play all three outfield positions ... good feel at the plate ... puts the ball in play and hits it where it's pitched ... hard worker who legs out every grounder and gives 100 percent effort on every ball hit to the outfield ... very valuable pinch-hitting option and platoon outfielder.
As a Freshman (2008): Played in 35 games and made 14 starts as the fourth outfielder and primary pinch-hitter ... hit .250 with a .357 on-base percentage ... hit safely in nine of first 10 games played ... first-career hit came as a pinch hitter against Towson, a double (2/26) ...RBI single in second game of Hofstra doubleheader (3/1) ... 2-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored in win against Coppin State (3/5) ... two-run single at Florida State (3/8) ... pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run double in comeback win against UMBC (3/26) ... 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against Virginia (4/13) ... pinch-hit, game-tying RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning at Duke (4/27).
At Washington Township: Pitched and played outfield all four years for the Minutemen, also playing football and wrestling a year each ... holds the school record for career hits ... hit 20 home runs his last two seasons ... Gloucester County Times Player of the Year in 2007 as Minutemen won New Jersey Group IV state championship ... captain and team MVP in junior and senior seasons.
Personal: William Allen Rice ... son of William Allen Rice Sr. and Debra Lambden ... has one sister, Lauren ... enjoys playing video games ... favorite athlete is all-time New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle ... also recruited by Rutgers, Seton Hall, Rider, Monmouth, East Carolina, Florida International and Michigan State ... chose Maryland for the big-school atmosphere and chance to play in the ACC ... criminal justice major.
Rice's Career Batting Statistics
Year Avg. GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slug.% BB SO SB 2008 .250 35/14 84 15 21 5 0 0 10 .310 11 19 2
Rice's Career Game Highs