Former College of Maine first workforce All-America East shortstop Jake Rainess is getting a brand new alternative with the College of Houston.
Rainess has one 12 months of eligibility remaining and will likely be a graduate scholar at Houston, which will likely be taking part in within the Large 12 Convention for the primary time after leaving the American Athletic Convention.
“I’m trying ahead to taking part in a special model of baseball in someplace new with hotter climate. It will likely be a special expertise,” stated the 23-year-old Rainess, a Baltimore, Maryland, native who got here to UMaine by way of Bridgton Academy.
Rainess had a breakthrough season for the Black Bears in serving to make them their first America East Event title and NCAA Event look since 2011.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Rainess stated this chance by no means would have come his method if it wasn’t for the time he spent at UMaine, time he cherished.
“If it wasn’t for Maine, we wouldn’t be having this dialog. Maine will all the time have a particular sense of residence to me,” Rainess stated, including that Bridgton coach and former UMaine standout Aaron Izaryk and UMaine head coach Nick Derba motivated him to grow to be a Black Bear. “I’m indebted to Maine.”
Rainess initially meant to switch to the College of Maryland however Maryland head coach Rob Vaughn left to grow to be the pinnacle coach at Alabama.
“I didn’t need to go to a faculty that was in transition because of a training change,” Rainess stated.
He checked out totally different faculties however was impressed with Houston head coach Todd Whitting and his workers, which incorporates assistants Sean Kenny, Ross Kivett and Tyler Bielamowicz.
“It’s younger workers, much like Maine’s,” stated Rainess, who added that additionally it is much like UMaine’s workers in that they’re “participant’s coaches.”
Houston’s beginning shortstop final season, Ian McMillan, was a senior and gained’t be returning, so Rainess is in line to earn the beginning job.
He’s trying ahead to taking part in in a “Energy 5 Convention” in opposition to the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia and the opposite groups within the 14-team convention.
Brigham Younger, the College of Central Florida and Cincinnati are additionally going to be first-year members, together with Houston.
Rainess, UMaine’s leadoff hitter, hit .321 with 16 homers, 47 runs-batted in and 38 stolen bases in 46 makes an attempt. His 38 stolen bases tied him for fifth amongst gamers on the nation’s 295 Division I baseball faculties and his .72 steals per sport positioned him fifth.
He scored 73 runs and his 1.38 runs per sport had been tied for sixth. His 73 runs scored tied him for twenty third.
He had 14 doubles, a slugging share of .623 and an on-base share of .448.
He had 22 multiple-hit video games and 22 video games through which he scored no less than two runs.
The rangy Rainess, possessor of a robust arm, had a .948 fielding share.
Rainess will graduate from UMaine with a level in English in August. He will likely be on an athletic scholarship at Houston.