Sophomore Jared Fancher hit a home run in the second inning of the 2012 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series. Photo credit: Buddy Bair.
San Jac baseball finishes 2012 season as national runner-up
Amanda L. Booren -- June 2, 2012
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The San Jacinto College (SJC) baseball team finished the 2012 season as the national runner-up, after a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Iowa Western Community College late Saturday night at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
San Jac (41-25) took the lead early with a run in the first, but Iowa Western responded with two runs in the top of the second. Sophomore Jared Fancher hit a homerun in the bottom of the second, and San Jac scored another run in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Iowa Western scored runs in the fifth and sixth for the 4-3 lead. Redshirt freshman Kirby Taylor hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 lead. However, it all came down to the ninth inning, when Iowa Western tied the game at 5 apiece off a single, and then took the go-ahead, and game winning run, off a balk.
San Jac went 4-2 in the national tournament, defeating Iowa Western in the opening round, and following that with a win over Neosho County, a loss to Gordon College, two straight wins over Shelton State Community College, Gordon College, and the loss to Iowa Western. It is the eighth national runner-up for San Jac in school history, and the fifth-straight 40-win season for sanjac.
Sophomores Daniel Stumpf (pitcher), Justin Byrd (outfield), and Kyle Bacak (catcher) were named to the All-Tournament team. Stumpf also earned the most outstanding pitcher award, and Bacak was named the defensive player of the tournament.
For a complete JUCO tournament wrap-up, visit www.jucogj.org.
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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. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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