Softball to face Tallahassee Community College in NJCAA national tournament opener
05.12.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren
First game set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., local time
HOUSTON – With a 39-22 overall record, the San Jacinto College softball team is headed to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championship tournament for the first time since 2008.
San Jac is the 14th seed in the national tournament, which runs Wednesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 17, in St. George, Utah. San Jacinto College will open on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., against No. 3 seed Tallahassee Community College.
Led on the field by freshman catcher / 3B Carah Nunez (Tomball / St. Pius HS), and sophomore infielder Loren Donaldson (Alvin / Alvin HS), San Jac hit .309 on the year, winning six of its last nine games en route to Utah. Nunez, a second-team All-Conference and All-Region selection, led the team in batting average and hits with marks of .398 and 68, respectively. She had 17 doubles, one homerun, and drove in 40 runs in 171 at bats. Donaldson, who was named to the All-Conference first team, and All-Region second team, led the squad in RBIs (47), doubles (20), and homeruns (5), averaging .326 in 172 plate appearances. Her 20 doubles this season ranks 15th in the nation.
San Jac finished second in last week’s Region XIV tournament to earn a berth in the national tournament. This is the second-ever trip to the NJCAA national softball tournament for San Jacinto College. The last was in 2008, when the team finished fourth overall.
San Jacinto College is coached by Hall of Famer Kelly Saenz, who is in her 11th season at the helm of the program. Earlier this year, in a 5-3 win over Alvin Community College on March 30, Saenz recorded her 400th career win. She now owns an overall career record of 410-266, which includes a stint at Frank Phillips College.
Portions of the NJCAA Division I Softball can be seen online. A complete list of online broadcasts can be found on NJCAATV. For more information about the San Jacinto College softball program 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.