Softball headed back to NJCAA national tournament
05.08.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
LUFKIN – The San Jacinto College softball team punched its ticket back to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament Monday with a 1-0 win over Blinn College at the Region XIV tournament taking place at the Roadrunner Complex on the Angelina College campus.
San Jac (40-19) entered the Region XIV tournament as the No. 1 seed from the South and co-conference champions for the first time since 1999. Today’s win, coupled with a 1-0 thriller over Bossier Parish Community College on Sunday, sends San Jac to the Region XIV tournament championship game and back to the NJCAA national tournament for a second consecutive year and the fourth national tournament appearance under Head Coach Kelly Saenz.
Sophomore ace Niki Gonzalez (Baytown / Sterling HS) has not allowed a single run in 21 innings pitched in the tournament.
San Jac will face either Tyler Junior College or Blinn College on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., for the Region XIV championship. The tournament winner and runner-up earn automatic bids to the NJCAA softball national tournament May 17-20, 2017, in St. George, Utah.
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.