Baseball opens season 3-1 at JUCO First Pitch Classic

02.07.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren

Baseball opens season 3-1 at JUCO First Pitch Classic Eureste named Defensive MVP   HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team is off to a hot start in 2014, after going 3-1 this past weekend at the JUCO First Pitch Classic in Clearwater, Fla. While in the Sunshine State, San Jac (3-1) faced some of the top junior colleges in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). San Jac opened the tournament against Broward County Community College. San Jac held a 14-1 lead in the 6th inning before heavy fog rolled in, and game conditions changed. However, San Jac held on a 14-10 win. In the second game of the Classic, San Jac faced defending national runner-up and fourth-ranked Palm Beach College, and easily won 13-4. Game three saw San Jac face 17th-ranked State College of Florida (SCF). After playing a late night and early morning game, San Jac could not hold on for the win, falling 8-4 to SCF. San Jac, having lost a game they were supposed to play against Miami Dade College, picked up a game at Northwest Florida State College. San Jac won 4-3 on a game-winning double by Geonte Jackson (Missouri City / Elkins HS [Louisiana State University]) in the top of the ninth before EJ Garcia (Laredo / Alexander HS) faced the minimum in the bottom half for the save. Matt Eureste (Houston / St. Pius HS [Texas Tech University]) was named the tournament's Defensive MVP. Up next for San Jac is the Tournament of Champions this weekend at John Ray Harrison Field. San Jac will welcome second-ranked Grayson College, 11th-ranked Howard College, and No. 34 Eastern Oklahoma State College. On Friday night, San Jac will recognize former players and Major League Baseball Legends Andy Pettitte (New York Yankees-retired), Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants), Matt Albers (Houston Astros), Jesse Crain (Houston Astros), Mike Gonzalez (Milwaukee Brewers), Ryan Jorgensen (Florida Marlins-retired), Jared Wells (San Diego Padres), Nick Stavinoha (Hiroshima Toyo Carp), Robert Manuel (Cincinnati Reds-retired), Brandon Hicks (San Francisco Giants), and Lucas Luetge (Seattle Mariners). All games are free and open to the public. JR Harrison Field is located on the San Jacinto College North Campus at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston.   About San Jacinto CollegeSurrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College's job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.   For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or follow us on Facebook at