Memorial and Katy HS grads help Rice take down UAB
Katy and Memorial high school graduates helped Rice defeat UAB, 8-6 in college baseball Saturday.
Katy high school graduate Michael Fuda went 2-for-4, with a home run and two doubles in the win.
On the season, Fuda, a senior center fielder, is batting .304, with 12 doubles and 38 RBIs.
Fuda is a 2007 graduate of Katy High School where he starred on the diamond and gridiron. As a senior, 2006-2007, he earned all-America honors from Louisville Slugger as a second baseman. Fuda earned first-team 5A all-state recognition following his senior and junior, 2005-2006, seasons. On the football field playing for coach Gary Joseph, he was a unanimous all-District 18-5A selection at wide receiver and kick returner as a senior, when he was also named third-team 5A all-state at kick returner by Dave Campbell's Texas Football. As a senior he caught 44 passes for 738 yards and eight scores. As a junior he hauled in 62 passes for 1,399 yards and 19 touchdowns to earn first-team all-state honors and land on the Dallas Morning News Hot 100 and Rivals.com Texas 100. Born Jan. 13, 1989 in Chicago the son on Frank and Rita Fuda, he is in the Sid Richardson College at Rice.
Memorial high school graduate Jeremy Rathjen, a junior right fielder, drove in a run for Rice in the victory.
On the year, Rathjen is batting .344, with 12 doubles and 37 RBIs.
Rathjen is a 2008 graduate of Memorial High School excelling on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. Playing for coach Jeremy York, as a senior, 2007-2008, he led the Mustangs to a 28-6 record, a district title and a trip to the regional quarterfinals of the state tournament. He was named to the 5A baseball all-state academic team and was a two-time honoree on the all-District 19-5A team. Rathjen also played varsity football for two seasons earning all-district recognition as a wide receiver. He graduated from Memorial with a 6.517 GPA on a 6.0 scale and was valedictorian of the class of 2008. Born Jan. 28, 1990 in Houston, he is the son of Craig Rathen and Jan Miller. He is a member of the Brown College at Rice.
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