PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College softball team opens the 2022 season at No. 8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association pre-season poll.
"We are looking forward to getting back on the field this season," said head coach Kelly Saenz. "Last year was a great year for us finishing third at the national tournament, but it always leaves you wanting more. We have a solid roster that is ready to put in the work to win."
San Jac is coming off of a record-setting season with its highest-ever finish at the national tournament. Seven players return in key positions, and Saenz has again put together a pitching rotation that is one of the best in the country.
The Coyotes open the season Saturday at home against Chipola College. In early February the team will play in the Galveston College Island Invitational, which is being held in Pasadena at Crenshaw Park. The season is loaded against teams such as Bossier Parish Community College (9th preseason) and McLennan College (17th preseason) and has home and away stints against conference foes Alvin Community College, Angelina College, Lamar State Port Arthur, Coastal Bend College, Galveston College, and Blinn College.
The 2022 NJCAA Softball National Championship will take place May 24-28 in Yuma, Arizona.
NJCAA Softball DI Pre-Season Top 10
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top five community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College spans five campuses serving approximately 41,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's.