Softball to face Chattanooga State in opening round of NJCAA national tournament
05.16.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The San Jacinto College softball team is the No. 7 seed in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Softball National Championship to be held at Canyon Complex in St. George, Utah.
San Jac (41-19) will face 10th seed Chattanooga State (44-11) on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. San Jac earned its second-straight and fourth overall trip to the national tournament after clinching the Region XIV championship last week with an 8-2 win over Tyler Junior College at the Roadrunner Complex on the Angelina College campus.
Sophomore ace Niki Gonzalez (Baytown / Sterling HS) is 32-4 on the year with four saves. Her school record 32 wins is the best in the country, and her 1.31 ERA is 11th best. Her 241.0 innings pitched is second nationally, and she has also thrown 248 strikeouts (currently second all-time at San Jac) ranking her second in the NJCAA.
Freshman Taylor McHenry (Deer Park / Deer Park HS) leads the team in hitting with a .408 batting average behind 74 hits, including 12 doubles, four triples and three homeruns. She is also the team’s leader in stolen bases with 18. Sophomore Dani Damien (Angleton / Angleton HS) is the team leader in several categories, including doubles (13, tied with Riley Bullen and Mackenzie Kotria), homeruns (8), RBIs (45) and strikeouts (23).
San Jac’s 41 wins this season marks the 10th time in school history with at least 40 wins. As a team, San Jac is hitting .387 on the year, and the pitching staff owns a 2.67 ERA.
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 Rising Star Award recipient 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.