Softball 2-1 so far at national tournament
05.19.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The San Jacinto College softball team is 2-1 so far as the No. 7 seed in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Softball National Championship at Canyon Complex in St. George, Utah.
San Jac (43-20) defeated 10th seed Chattanooga State 5-4 on Wednesday night to open its national tournament run. San Jac fell 5-2 to Salt Lake Community College, before rebounding with a 3-2 win over Tyler Junior College on Thursday. This is the second-straight and fourth overall trip to the national tournament for the Region XIV champions.
Up next for San Jacinto College is Southwest Florida State today at 1 p.m.
In the opening game against Chattanooga State sophomore ace Niki Gonzalez (Baytown / Sterling HS) got the win striking out seven batters. She now stands at 34-5 on the year (the most wins nationally) with a 1.48 ERA. San Jac’s 5 runs came on 10 hits, led by sophomore Taylor Office (Seabrook / Clear Falls HS) with 2 RBI.
San Jac and Salt Lake Community College needed eight innings to decide the game on Thursday. Three San Jac players each had 2 hits, but it wasn’t enough as Salt Lake score four runs in the eighth inning for the win.
San Jac rebounded last night against in-state rival Tyler Junior College. Gonzalez pitched all seven innings for the win. Alexis DeLeon (Katy / Morton Ranch HS) and Kaitlin Kerl (Silsbee / Silsbee HS) each had 2 hits.
San Jac’s 43 wins so far this season marks the 10th time in school history with at least 40 wins.
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.