Dominant pitcher Smeltzer named Player of the Week
04.20.2016 | By Rob Vanya
San Jac ranked 2nd in the nation as season nears end
San Jacinto College sophomore pitcher Devin Smeltzer (Voorhees, New Jersey / Bishop Eustace Preparatory School) was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Player of the Week for April 4-10 after pitching a complete game no-hitter on April 9 in the team’s 8-0 win over Wharton County Junior College.
The southpaw allowed only three base runners, all via walks, and struck out 16 batters in the nine-inning road game.
To say Smeltzer has been dominant is an understatement. For the season, he is 5-2 with a 1.45 ERA. His 49.2 innings pitched is the most on the team’s pitching staff. He has allowed only 8 earned runs, 2 home runs, issued only 13 walks, while striking out 67 batters. He averages 12.14 strikeouts per game.
San Jac Head Coach Tom Arrington says Smeltzer sets a positive example on and off the field. “I feel extremely blessed to have Devin represent San Jacinto College baseball,” Arrington commented. “He has all the qualities it takes to succeed in baseball and in life. He works extremely hard to achieve individual goals for himself, but also helps those around him. He is a great teammate and friend.”
Arrington expects more great things from the focused pitcher. “I am proud of his no-hitter, as it is an accomplishment that is well deserved, but knowing Devin’s determination and work ethic, it won’t be his last.”
The recent no-hitter was not the first for Smeltzer. He tossed two no-hitters in high school, and one during a college-level summer league. He keeps batters off balance by mixing up four pitches: a fastball that can reach 91 mph, a cutter, a slider, and a changeup.
Smeltzer plans to transfer from San Jacinto College next year to Texas Tech University as a pitcher on the Red Raider baseball team. He was drafted out of high school by the San Diego Padres, but opted for college instead of professional baseball.
“I chose San Jacinto College for two main reasons,” he commented. “First, because I had heard so much about San Jac’s tradition of excellence, and secondly because the coaching staff has such a reputation for working closely with players to help them develop and become better.”
With six regional games remaining in the season, the NJCAA ranks San Jac (34-8, 21-7 conference) number 2 in the nation. The Region XIV Tournament will be played May 13 through May 17 at the Constellation Field in Sugar Land, home of the Atlantic League Sugar Land Skeeters.
Admission to San Jacinto College baseball games is free. All San Jacinto College baseball home games are played at the North Campus at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. For information about the San Jacinto College baseball team, 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.