San Jacinto baseball preps for postseason

May 4, 2008 5:30:53 PM PDT
The San Jacinto College baseball team, the Region XIV South champions, is the top seed from the South at the Region XIV tournament that will be held in Mount Pleasant, Texas, on May 10-14.Ranked seventh in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and fifth by Perfect Game USA, San Jac (42-12) will battle Panola at 5 pm on Saturday, May 10. Panola is the No. 4 seed out of the East.

"Finishing first in the Region XIV South zone was a great accomplishment for the team," said seventh-year head coach Tom Arrington. "Being mentally prepared for the tournament is key. We are good physically, but potentially playing four to six games in four days at the tournament can be demanding."

San Jac is led offensively by sophomore outfielder Kris Miller, who is hitting .415. Miller's 18 home runs lead the team, and are eighth best in the nation. He is also the national leader in RBIs with 87.

Sophomore Jeremy Barfield, a Klein High School product and a Ringor NJCAA player of the week selection this season, is third on the team in hitting, averaging .379 with 13 home runs. Barfield is ranked 22nd in the nation in RBIs with 60.

As a team, San Jac is hitting .348, which ranks 23rd in the nation.

On the mound, San Jac has relied on veteran pitchers Kevin Angelle and former Humble High standout Chris Corrigan. The duo has combined for a 15-2 record and recorded 135 strikeouts. Angelle owns an ERA of 3.06, while Corrigan owns a mark of 4.66.

San Jac is 8-2 in its last 10 games, including seven straight wins to end the regular season. SJC will be vying for its sixth trip in seven years to the NJCAA World Series, May 24-31, 2008, in Grand Junction, Colo.

For a complete Region XIV tournament bracket, and to listen to all San Jac tournament games, visit the Texas Sports Radio Network (TSRN) Web site at www.tsrnsports.com.

For more information on the San Jacinto College baseball program, visit www.sanjac.edu/athletics, or call 281-459-7613.

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