San Jacinto College Baseball Advances in 2021 NJCAA D1 Rankings

 

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Baseball is rising up the ranks of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) initial Division 1 Baseball rankings, advancing to spot No. 4 in the Week 2 rankings with a 15-5 record.

The San Jac Gators led off the 2021 season slated at No. 5 in the season’s Week 1 ranking, up from No. 12 in the NJCAA’s Preseason poll.

“It’s extremely early in the season, but it’s a great feeling to already be considered among the nation’s best,” says San Jac Baseball Head Coach Tom Arrington. “The team is more committed and motivated than ever to come out strong and accomplish our goals this season after the early stop last year.”

The team is coming off a 2020 season interrupted by COVID-19, where the Gators were 21-6 (.778) overall and 12-0 (1.000) in conference play by March 16, 2020, when the NJCAA suspended all remaining athletic activity for the season due to the pandemic.

Despite the truncated season, San Jacinto College had six current and former players selected in the 2020 MLB Draft in June 2020.

For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.

About San Jac Baseball

The San Jacinto College Baseball program is one of the most storied and successful baseball programs in the country with 5 National Championships and 26 JUCO World Series appearances. Playing in Region XIV, San Jacinto College has a tradition of producing top-notch collegiate baseball players who move on to play at four-year institutions, in addition to those who continue their careers at the pro level. In the last six years, 25 San Jacinto College baseball players have been selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.

In addition to their on-field success, the San Jac Baseball team is committed to giving back to the community. Each year, the team participates in a number of events on and off the field. From supporting breast cancer awareness with the annual Play Pink game to volunteering their time to local special needs leagues, giving back at the Houston Food Bank, and visiting children in the hospital, San Jacinto College baseball student-athletes understand the impact they have on their community.

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 10 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 serves approximately 45,000 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.

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