Record-high 16 San Jac baseball players to transfer to 4-year institutions

06.23.2015 | By Rob Vanya

The San Jacinto College baseball team celebrated the 2015 Region XIV championship and 23rd trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. A school-record 16 players will transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

 

Successful season culminates with 23rd trip to the NJCAA World Series

 

A school-record 16 San Jacinto College baseball student-athletes will transfer to four-year colleges and universities, following a successful 2015 season in which the team posted an overall record of 41-22, won the Region XIV tournament, and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series for the 23rd time in school history.

Head Coach Tom Arrington is proud of the success of the student-athletes on the field and in the classroom. “It’s gratifying to have quality athletes come in here and help us to be what we believe is the premier junior college program in the country,” commented Arrington, who was named the 2015 Region XIV Coach of the Year. “The coaching staff also has an obligation to make sure these young men get the best education possible. We have to prepare these guys for lifelong success, not just baseball success.”

The following are the San Jac players who will transfer, followed by the universities they will attend next year: sophomore catcher Will Foreman (Stephen F. Austin University); sophomore pitcher Alex Phillips (Baylor University, Region XIV All-Academic Team, Region XIV South All-Conference Team); sophomore pitcher Rex Hill (Texas Christian University, Region XIV South All-Conference Team); sophomore pitcher Douglas Holloway (TCU, Region XIV All-Academic Team); sophomore infielder Austin Homan (Texas A&M University, Region XIV All-Region Team, Region XIV South All-Conference Team); sophomore outfielder Walker Pennington (Texas A&M, NJCAA World Series All-Tournament Team, Region XIV All-Region Team, Region XIV South All-Conference Team, Region XIV All-Academic Team, Exemplary Academic Achievement); sophomore pitcher Riley Smith (Louisiana State University, Region XIV South All-Conference Team, Region XIV Tournament Most Valuable Player, Pittsburg Pirates draft selection); sophomore pitcher Aaron Ford (Auburn University, Region XIV South All-Conference Team); sophomore outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Region XIV South All-Conference Team, Region XIV All-Region Team); sophomore infielder Eric Garza (Georgetown University); sophomore pitcher Eric Nouis (SFA, Region XIV All-Academic Team, Exemplary Academic Achievement); sophomore outfielder Jon Meyer (Biola University, Region XIV All-Academic Team); sophomore pitcher Austin Johnson (Texas Lutheran University, Region XIV All-Academic Team, Superior Academic Achievement); sophomore infielder Josh Croft (Cumberland University, Region XIV South All-Conference Team, Region XIV All-Conference Team); sophomore pitcher Dalton Viner (Wichita State University); freshman infielder Garrett Luna (Texas A&M Corpus Christi).

San Jac has won five national titles (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990) and has appeared in 13 national championship games, most recently in 2012 when it finished as the national runner-up. For more information, please visit sanjacsports.com.

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, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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