Lightning strikes twice for Giants who attended San Jacinto College
04.09.2014 | By Rob Vanya
Perhaps more than any other American sport, the world of baseball is all about statistics – runs, hits, errors, ERAs, RBIs, batting averages, slugging percentages, box scores, etc. etc. etc.
Two baseball players who attended San Jacinto College and now play for the San Francisco Giants recently accomplished a rare feat that may arguably go down as a first-ever statistic. Brandon Belt (top photo) and Brandon Hicks, who played for San Jacinto College in 2007 and 2006 respectively, hit home runs in the same game. “I could be wrong, but it’s very unlikely that two players who both played at the same community college have ever hit home runs in the big leagues on the same day, for the same team in the same game. If so, its even more unlikely both their names were Brandon,” commented Kory Koehler, San Jacinto College assistant baseball coach.
The Brandons slugged their round-trippers in the Giants 8-5 win on April 3 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Most college baseball players dream about advancing to play pro ball, but not many do. Koehler says Hicks and Belt demonstrated certain characteristics that set them apart and helped them to excel on the major league level.
“Hicks had a steadfast determination to be exceptional,” Koehler commented. “He was an average offensive player coming to us from Pasadena Sam Rayburn High School. He excelled here by putting in a tremendous amount of extra time honing his offensive game. Hicks could always flash the glove and play the game at a high level defensively, but it was his efforts in practice and on his own that separated him and helped him to advance to the big leagues.”
Belt came to San Jacinto College from Hudson High School in Lufkin as a highly touted pitcher who worked hard to improve offensively and became so good that the coaching staff took notice. “We knew he would be an OK hitter, but he turned heads after finally being given a chance to hit,” Koehler said. “Once given that chance, he quickly made believers. He went on to become quite possibly one of the best San Jac hitters of all time. Hicks and Belt are both tremendous individuals. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to help them grow.”
San Jacinto College is currently 23-17 overall and 14-13 in conference play. The Region XIV tournament is May 10 through May 14 at Angelina College in Lufkin. The winner of the regional tournament advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series, May 23 through May 31 in Grand Junction, Colo.
For more information about the San Jacinto College baseball team, visit www.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. 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. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.