San Jac 1 win away from trip to World Series

05.17.2016 | By Rob Vanya

South Zone #1 seed San Jacinto College edged South Zone #2 seed Wharton County Junior College 2-1 in a thrilling pitchers’ duel in round 3 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV Tournament on Monday, May 16 at Concordia University in Austin. The tournament site was changed from Constellation Field in Sugar Land to Concordia due to continued inclement weather in the Houston area.

With the win, San Jac advances to the championship game, which will be played on Wednesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. They will play the winner of the round 3 game, which will be played on Tuesday, May 17 at 2 p.m.

In the win over Wharton, San Jac starting pitcher Montana Parsons (Conroe / College Park High School) was tentative and could not find the strike zone, so Head Coach Tom Arrington pulled him in the second inning with the game knotted up at 1-1. Sophomore relief pitcher Cody Nesbit (La Porte / La Porte High School) was brought in with the bases loaded and no outs. The side-winding right-hander was up to the task and struck out the side to keep the game tied. He went on to pitch 7 solid innings to qualify for the win, giving up 3 hits and no runs, striking out 14 and allowing 1 walk.

San Jac’s reliable sophomore closer Jorge Fernandez (Del Rio / Del Rio High School) got the save by retiring the side in order in the ninth inning.

Freshman utility player Tanner Schuetz (Sugar Land / Kempner High School) was the hero on offense, driving in both of San Jac’s runs. He brought home sophomore outfielder Max Wood (Vancouver, British Columbia / West Vancouver Secondary High School) with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, and later lofted a bloop 2-out RBI single to left field in the ninth inning, bringing home freshman infielder Donivan Lopez (Sinton / Sinton High School) to seal the 2-1 win.

San Jac (47-10) is the nation’s top-ranked junior college team by Perfect Game and is ranked No. 10 in the nation by the NJCAA.

The winner of the regional tournament advances to the NJCAA World Series, to be played May 28 through June 4 in Grand Junction, Colorado. San Jac has won five national titles, has appeared in 13 national championship games, and has qualified for the JUCO World Series 24 times, all of which are national records.

For more information about San Jacinto College baseball, 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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