Matt Langwell won an award named after former Owl great David Aardsma.
Jan. 19, 2008
HOUSTON -- Rice junior pitcher Matt Langwell was a winner of the David Aardsma Award at the 2008 Recycled Baseball Items (RBI) Foundation Banquet held Saturday evening at the Westin Galleria Hotel.
The RBI Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization committed to providing free baseball/sports equipment and instruction to underprivileged children in the greater Houston area. On Saturday, Langwell was among the honorees that included local college and high school baseball and softball players & coaches, all while raising money for the Foundation's worthy cause.
Langwell, 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed pitcher from College Station, Tex., was a winner of the award named after Rice All-America and current major league pitcher David Aardsma. In 2007 Langwell went 8-2 on the mound and he led both the Owls and Conference USA in earned run average (2.35) and opponents' batting average (.206). He was the only Rice pitcher named to both the NCAA Regional and C-USA all-tournament teams, and he pitched 25.1 consecutive scoreless innings late in the year as Rice made its run to a second-consecutive appearance in the College World Series. The Owls reached the semifinals of the CWS and finished with a 56-14 record.
Langwell is the second-consecutive Owl to win an Aardsma Award, which is presented in the preseason to the area's top college hitter and pitcher, and also to the best women's softball player. Major league draft pick Tyler Henley won the hitter award in 2007 and selection for the honor is high praise indeed. The award is named after the Rice relief ace who helped lead the Owls to the NCAA National Championship his final year with the team in 2003. He set a (then) Rice record for career saves (17) and established the school record for appearances in a single season (40). Originally from Denver, Aardsma was the 22nd player selected in the first round of the 2003 major league draft. He made his major league debut less than a year later and enters the 2008 season with the Chicago White Sox. University of Texas slugger Kyle Russel was the hitter to earn a 2008 Aardsma Award , while Texas A&M's Amanda Scarborough was the recipient for college softball.
Since its inception in 1992, the RBI Foundation has provided baseball/sports equipment to over 22,000 children in over 220 organizations, including The Salvation Army, Houston Housing Authority and Police Activities League, as well as to numerous youth leagues, community centers, and churches throughout the area. It also provides baseball/sports clinics and camps to hundreds of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity, and shows sports is a positive alternative to crime or drugs. People and businesses interested in volunteering for, or donating to, the RBI Foundation can visit its website at the abobe link.
Rice baseball hosts its biennial Alumni game on Feb. 2 (Saturday). A full day of activities are slated for the former baseball lettermen who are returning to campus to celebrate the program's rich heritage. An alumni vs. alumni game is slated to start at noon, to be followed by a Blue-Gray scrimmage by the No. 3 ranked 2008 Owls.