HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College softball team will open the 2018 Softball National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV Tournament Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., against Bossier Parish Community College.
San Jac (23-29) is the No. 3 seed from the South heading into the tournament. Bossier Parish is the No. 2 seed from the East.
Sophomore Taylor McHenry(Deer Park / Deer Park HS) leads the team with a .428 batting average. McHenry has seen action in all 50 games, with 187 plate appearances. She has a team-best 80 hits, including 11 doubles, five triples, one home run, and 23 RBIs. She also leads the team in stolen bases at 22. McHenry was a 2017 first-team all-Region XIV selection and first-team all-South Region XIV selection.
Fellow classmate Riley Bullen(League City / Clear Creek HS) has also appeared in all 50 games for San Jac this season. The 2017 second-team all-Region XIV honoree is hitting .424 behind 170 at-bats, 72 hits, a team-best 21 doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Her 21 doubles this season is 17thbest in the country.
On the mound, San Jac is led by freshman Michelle Kristoff. The Dobie HS product owns a 2.08 ERA in 144.2 innings pitched. She has started in half of San Jac’s games this season with a 10-13 record and one save. Freshman Denisse Gracia(Baytown / Goose Creek Memorial HS) has a 3.00 ERA in 63.0 innings pitched.
The 2018 NJCAA Region XIV Tournament runs Friday, May 4 through Monday, May 7 in Port Arthur, Texas, on the campus of Lamar State College Port Arthur. Complete tournament information, including live game coverage, can be found on the Lamar State College Port Arthur website. For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
1. Tyler Junior College
2. Bossier Parish Community College
3. Angelina College
4. Trinity Valley Community College
1. Galveston College
2. Blinn College
3. San Jacinto College
4. Coastal Bend College
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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.