SGSC Baseball Earns Spot on NJCAA Top 20 National Ranking Poll
By Amy Hancock
External Affairs Coordinator
March 7 was a good day for South Georgia State College baseball. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its week seven Division I rankings and SGSC had earned a spot in the polls as number twenty in the nation. Along with that, two victories against Thomas University JV brought their record to an impressive 17-8 which puts them at a nine game winning streak.
In Tuesday’s games against Thomas University JV, the Hawks thrilled the hometown crowd with an 11-1 win in game one, followed by a 6-2 win in the final game. SGSC stepped up to the plate and quickly put five runs on the board in the first inning. Thomas JV tried to get things going in the top of the second, but only came away with one run. The Hawks went on to score two more in the bottom of the third and shut the game down by adding four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. KC Brown took the lead with three hits and Jake Bryan, Chase Hinson, and Spencer Speer followed behind with two hits each. Chandler Rogers, Lincoln Hewitt, and Steve Wells added one hit each to bring the Hawks’ total to twelve hits in the game. Matt Mixon earned the win for the Hawks. He went four innings, allowing one run, four hits, striking out one, and walking one. His team provided strong backup in the field by not committing a single error in the five innings of play.
In game two, the Hawks jumped out to an early lead and had three on the board by the end of the third inning. Thomas JV came back with one run in the fourth and fifth innings. SGSC answered back with two more runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth. Contributing to the win with one hit each were Jake Bryan, Rodregas Jenkins, Randy Heller, Jake Kennedy, Kaleb Hill, and Jacob Schmidt. Nathan Henderson was credited with the win. He pitched five innings, giving up two runs, four hits, striking out nine, and walking none.