Tigers Look to Continue to Climb National Rankings with Full Week of Play

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Charles A. Smith/University Communications

Date: 3/14/17

JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team has a full spring break which began yesterday with doubleheader victories against Rust College. The Tigers will continue the action on Tuesday, March 14 when travel to Baton Rouge, La. to face rival Southern University.  On Wednesday, March 15, JSU return to the diamond in a second road for a rematch against University of Louisiana – Monroe. The Tigers will then close  the week with a three-game series against conference division foe Alcorn State.

The Tigers (11-6) go to Baton Rouge after losing the series 2-1 to conference rival Alabama State and picking up two wins in doubleheader action against Rust College on Monday.

Jackson State looks to continue the successful season it has already mounted this season. The Tigers have hit several high notes which includes currently ranking 6th nationally in hit batters, 14th in stolen bases, 15th in runs, 16th in hit by pitch and on base percentage, 17th in triples, 24th in hits, and 25th in base on balls. JSU has stormed the ranks of the conference with number one rankings in batting average, doubles, earned run average, hit by pitch, hits, on base percentage, runs, shutouts, slugging percentage, strikeouts per nine innings, triples, triples per game, walks plus hits per inning pitched, and win/loss percentage.

The Tiger success has also trickled from overall team success to individual success for several JSU players.

Senior right-handed pitcher Miguel Yrigoyen is ranked fourth nationally in complete games, 18th in victories, and 42nd in earned run average. He also ranks first in the conference in complete games and earned run average and victories and third in strikeouts. The Valencia, Venezuela native holds a 0.90 earned run average for a 3-1 record. He has appeared in four games with four starts for 30.0 innings pitched, 22 hits against, three earned runs, nine walks, and 25 strikeouts. Batters see a .198 batting average against him.

Another standout pitcher for the Jackson State is Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico native Jonathan Aponte. Aponte ties Yrigoyen nationally to rank fourth in complete games, 17th in games started, and 18th in victories. He also ranks first in the conference in victories and complete games and second in game started. The right-hander holds a 2.13 earned run average for a 3-1 record. He has appeared in four games with for starts for one complete game, 25.1 innings pitched, 21 hits against, six earned runs, eight walks, 18 strikeouts, and batters see a .210 batting average against him.

Tiger power hitter Jesus Santana has grabbed several national rankings which include 17th in runs batted in, 44th in runs batted in per game, and 64th in sacrifice flies. In the conference, the junior infielder ranks first in home runs, runs batted in, and runs batted in per game. Santana has played and started in 17 games with a .317 batting average. He has recorded 63 at-bats, 15 runs, 20 hits (three doubles, one triple, and three home runs) for 22 runs batted in, 34 total bases, a .540 slugging percentage, and a . 366 on base percentage.

To see all of the Tigers national and conference rankings, click HERE.

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