PHSC is a member of the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The baseball program started in 1992 competing in the Suncoast Conference as a NJCAA Division I program. In just the third year of the program, PHSC finished runner-up in the 1994 FCCAA state tournament. Other state tournament appearances were in 1995 and 1997. The team won the Suncoast Conference championship in 1995. The program switched to Division II status in 2010 and has appeared in the NJCAA Region 10 District Tournament in North Carolina the past three years. Over 30 players have signed professional contracts and many have gone on to top universities throughout the country.
PHSC Loses Final Regular Season Game
Pasco-Hernando State lost 5-0 at South Florida State College in Avon Park on Saturday afternoon. PHSC managed only four hits in the game and starter Danny Rodriguez (10-3) took the loss. Rodriguez pitched six innings allowing only three hits and three unearned runs. He walked four and struckout four. PHSC closes out the regular season 29-13. They will begin preparing for the NJCAA Southeast District Tournament that runs May 8-12 in Kinston, North Carolina. The winner of the tournament advances to the NJCAA College World Series in Enid, Oklahoma that runs May 23-30.
PHSC Rally Comes Up Short
South Florida State College held on to defeat Pasco-Hernando State 7-6 at the West Campus. PHSC trailed 6-3 after six innings, but cut the lead to 6-5 heading into the ninth. SFSC scored an unearned run to take a 7-5 lead, but catcher Tim Helser answered with a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth. SFSC retired the next three batters to get the win. Alex Kranick led the hitters going 3 for 5 with a double and RBI. Kranick raised his team leading batting average to .349. The team will wrap up the regular season tomorrow at South Florida State. Danny Rodriguez (10-2, 1.56) will get the start.
PHSC Comes Back To Win
Pasco-Hernando State rallied with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to come back and defeat St. Petersburg College 4-3 in Clearwater. Bob Peck (7-1) pitched seven strong innings allowing two runs, one earned on seven hits. He struck out two while walking none. Sean Fluke pitched the eighth allowing one run on two hits and Riley Choate picked up his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth. Zach Hessinger and Jordan Ding each had two hits in the game. Hessinger also stole home in the top of first inning to put PHSC up 1-0. The win improves the team to 29-11. They will host South Florida State College on Friday at 2:00 p.m. It will be the final home game of the season.
PHSC Defeats IMG 7-1
Pasco-Hernando State College improved to 28-11 on the season by defeating IMG Academy 7-1 in Bradenton. Danny Rodriguez (10-2) picked up the win pitching five innings allowing two hits and one unearned run. He walked six and struckout eight. Tanner Thompson, Errol Whinnen, Adam Arrowood and Nick Donnell each pitched an inning of shutout baseball. Zach Hessinger and Justin Ortiz each went 3 for 5 to led the hitters. Jordan Feist and Christian Alicea added two hits each. The team will travel to St. Petersburg College in Clearwater tomorrow for a noon game. Bob Peck will be the starting pitcher.
PHSC Wins Big Over IMG
Pasco-Hernando State bounced back from yesterday's 5-4 loss at Lake Sumter State to defeat IMG Academy 12-5 at the West Campus. Starter Bob Peck (6-1) picked up the win by pitching five innings. He allowed only one run on five hits while striking out five. Aderly Perez led a 15 hit attack by going 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs. Alex Kranick, Danny Raynor, Jordan Feist and Michael Faul each had two hits in the game. PHSC improves to 27-11 on the season and will travel to IMG Academy in Bradenton on Friday for a 2:00 p.m. game. Danny Rodriguez will be the starting pitcher.