Nov. 3, 2008

Dear members of the Rice community,

We want to share the very sad news that over the weekend Rice lost a beloved longtime member of the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Athletics Department, Dr. Jim Castañeda, who had also served as a resident associate and master of Will Rice College.

Jim was a professor of Spanish literature who specialized in research on Spain's Golden Age.

He joined the Rice faculty as an assistant professor of Spanish in 1961. He was appointed chair of the Department of Classics, Italian, Russian and Spanish just two years later, and he was promoted to full professor in 1967. His success at Rice brought such accolades as being named Spanish Teacher of the Year as well as Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association. He also had served as president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish.

Just last year at our annual service awards ceremony, Jim was one of two faculty members honored for 45 years of teaching at Rice.

Jim's passion for Spanish literature and theater was matched only by his love for baseball and golf, which he expressed through 46 years of service to Rice athletics, serving as head freshman baseball coach, then as assistant varsity baseball coach and then as golf coach. Jim led Rice to seven team tournament championships during his 15 seasons as the Owls' golf coach, and he coached 11 student-athletes who received Golf Coaches Association of America Academic All-America awards. 

Jim was in his 33rd year as Rice's faculty representative to the university's conferences and the NCAA. Jim was devoted to our student-athletes, and he was in the stands for an exhibition baseball game on Saturday when Rice hosted McNeese State in Reckling Park.

Jim's dedication to Rice was recognized on numerous occasions. In 1986, the Rice University "R" Association named him the year’s Honorary "R" Man for his dedication and service to Rice athletics. He was honored with the Association of Rice Alumni’s Meritorious Service Award in 2000, and a golf scholarship at Rice was named in Jim’s honor in 2001.

Few people have been as devoted to Rice as Jim, and we shall miss his wisdom, spirit, good humor and total dedication to our students. Our hearts go out at this difficult time to Jim's wife, Clara, and their family and friends. We will announce arrangements for a funeral and memorial service as soon as they become available.

David Leebron

Eugene Levy


 left scoring their fourth run of the game.  As noted before they never scored more than one run in an inning. 
The Owls failed to score in the eight.  Comerota singled and stole second.  He went to third on a grounder to the right side. He was stranded when Rendon struck out.
In the ninth the Owls made the final 8-4 with a single run.  Crain walked with one out.  After a line-out to center by Fuda, Peterson rapped a double to right center to score Crain.  That was it for the first nine innings. 
Comerota started at first and played well.  He moved to second and made some very nice plays.  He then went to third.  The ball came at him in a hurry at third and he had a little more trouble there.  he was 3 for 5 in the game.  More was to follow in the next six innings.  Seastrunk looked good behind the plate.  Hague was steady at short.  Holt played a good second base also.  Manuel and Hale also caught. 
In the second scrimmage, only Evers pitched more than one inning.  It was Travis Wright (1 R, 2 H), Zack Harwood (1 H), Jordan Rogers (perfect), Evers (1 R, 3 H, 1 K), Fazio (perfect). Owls did not turn a DP all day.
Rice did little in the first three innings. Seastrunk had an infield single in the second.  Left on base.  Peterson and Comerota got two out singles in the third but were stranded.  The threatened in the fourth.  Holt lead-off with a single to left.  Two outs followed  Fuda reached on an error by second.  Rendon walked.  Mozingo flew out.
Things finally turned around in the fifth after the Bobcats went up 2-0.  Comerota got his fifth hit of the day, a single to right.  I'm telling you the man is everywhere. Jimmy then  stole second. Sultzbaugh reached on a 4 pitch walk.  The guy has hit the ball hard but can't buy a hit.  I forget how Jimmy got to third but he scored on Holt's Sac Fly to center.  Seastrunk popped to short.  Singles by Manuel, Fuda (another infield hit), Rendon, and Mozingo followed to push the score to 5-2 Owls.  Peterson flew out to center to end the inning.
Gonzales-Luna, Abel Gonzales, and Holt were retired in order in the 6th.
Holt (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 D, 2 BB)
Comerota (5 for 7, 3 R, 1 BB)
Mozingo (4 for 8, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 T)
Rendon (2 for 7, 4 RBI, 2 SO, 1 BB)
Seastrunk (2 for 8, 1 RBI)
Sultzbaugh (0 for 5, 1 R1 SO, 1 BB)
Fuda (2 for 7, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 BB)
Peterson (3 for 7, 1 R, 1 RBI 1 D, 1 BB)
Rathjen (1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB)
Manuel (1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI)
DeBiasse (0 for 1)
Hale (0 for 1)
Crain (0 for 1, 1 R)
Gonzales-Luna (0 for 2, 1 SO)
Gonzales (0 for 1, 1 SO)

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