Ninth-ranked softball opens season in Galveston
01.27.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College softball teams opens the season this weekend ranked ninth in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“We are looking forward to a great season on the field,” said Head Coach Kelly Saenz, who is entering her 14th season at the helm of the San Jacinto College softball program. “This team has worked hard through the fall and is ready to face some great competition this year.”
San Jac opens the season on the road this weekend at the Island Invitational, hosted by #12 Galveston College. The home season kicks off Friday, Feb. 3 against Odessa College and 17th-ranked Howard College. The following weekend the team will host the San Jac tournament before heading to Temple Feb. 17-18 for the Temple Tournament.
Region XIV competition gets started on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at home against Coastal Bend College and Laredo Community College, respectively. Other league home games include Alvin Community College on March 31, Galveston College on April 1, Lamar State College – Port Arthur on April 8, and Blinn College on April 21. Non-conference competition includes Nesho College (March 22), LSUE (April 5 and April 25), and Baton Rouge Community College (April 12).
The Region XIV Tournament will take place May 6 – 9 in Lufkin, and the 2017 NJCAA national championship is May 17 – 20 in St. George, Utah.
San Jac finished the 2016 season as the Region XIV champions with a 38-25 overall record, and made its third trip to the national championship. San Jac came away from that tournament with a seventh place national finish.
All San Jacinto College home games are free, and are played on the South Campus softball field.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded 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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.