On the eve of the Rice baseball team’s return to action after the University’s final exams for the spring semester, Owls J.T. Chargois and Matthew Recklingwere among the newest players named to the 2012 Golden Spikes Award Watch List, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday (May 1).
Now in its 35th year, the annual Golden Spikes Award is presented annually by USA Baseball to the top amateur player in the country. Chargois and Reckling have both played their way into consideration for the prestigious honor, which will be awarded live at MLB Network’s studios on July 6.
Reckling is undefeated on the mound (7-0) with a 1.44 ERA in ten starts. The senior right-hander has struck out 80 in 68.2 innings (an average of 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings) and he has held opposing hitters to an austere .151 batting average. The Houston native and former Kinkaid star has already been named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week three times, including a brilliant complete game one-hit shutout effort in his previous appearance two weeks ago against East Carolina (April 20). Reckling has not allowed any runs in his last 15.2 consecutive innings for the Blue & Gray.
Not only is Chargois now on the Golden Spikes Award watch list, but he’s also been on the midseason watch list for the annual Stopper of the Year Award as the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. The right-hander from Sulphur, La., ranks among the C-USA leaders with eight saves and he has maintained a 2.45 ERA in a total of 25.2 innings over 19 appearances. He has and held all opposing hitters to a composite .184 batting average, but his pitching is only part of the story. Chargois has also started 32 games in the batting order for the Owls as either the first baseman or designated hitter. The versatile standout has maintained a .303 batting average, driven-in 20 runs in 32 starts and drawn 21 walks for a .401 on-base percentage. He has been particularly hot at the plate in C-USA league games, maintaining a .383 average in conference action.
The duo has helped the Rice baseball team to a 30-12 overall record and to first place in the C-USA standings with an 11-4 league mark. Ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation, Rice returns to the field beginning on Wednesday night (May 2). The Owls host crosstown foe Texas Southern (23-23 overall) at 6:30 pm at home at Reckling Park. More information on the Golden Spikes Award is available at the above link.