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.
Graduating Sophomores Moving On To Four-Year Programs
Head Coach Steve Winterling announced that seven sophomores will be taking their talents to four-year institutions. Tyler Ramsey (Delaware State University), Robby McCabe (East Tennessee State University) and Joel Rosario (Texas Southern University) have signed with NCAA Division I programs. Brennan Allen (Brevard College), Tyler Cooler (University of Tampa) and Chris Frosch (University of Tampa) will be playing NCAA Division II baseball and Jose Alonzo signed with NAIA member University of the Cumberlands. Each student-athlete played a major role in this year's fourth place finish at the College World Series.
Baseball Season Comes To An End
Pasco-Hernando State College lost to Madison College 7-3 at the NJCAA Division II World Series on Thursday. The loss eliminated the team from the tournament held in Enid, Oklahoma. It was a great run by the Southeast District champions who finished the season 27-18 and a fourth place ranking.
The team held a 3-2 lead after six innings, but Madison rallied for three runs in the seventh and added two more in the eighth inning. Jose Alonzo belted a solo home run in the second inning to give the team a early 1-0 lead. It was Alonzo's second home run of the tournament. Chris McCormick (8-4) took the loss pitching 6.2 innings allowing five runs, three earned on five hits. He walked four and struck out four. Chris Frosch pitched the final two innings allowing no runs on one hit. Kevin Faulkner led the hitters going 3 for 4. The team finished the tournament with two wins and two losses. Joel Rosario batted .417 in the tournament to lead the PHSC hitters followed by Robby McCabe and Kevin Faulkner at .385. It was the first-ever World Series appearance in the 23-year history of the program.
Baseball Team Eliminates Mercer County
Pasco-Hernando State College survived their elimination game by defeating Mercer County Community College (N.J.) 13-3 in five innings at the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. The team scored nine runs in the first inning and Jack Hamrick (4-4) pitched a complete game for the win. Robby McCabe went 3 for 3 with two doubles to lead the hitters. Aderly Perez went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs as PHSC pounded out 10 hits in the game. The team will play the loser of tonights Hinds-Madison game tomorrow at 3:30pm.
PHSC Wins in Tenth Inning
Alex Priddee hit a two-out run scoring double in the bottom of the tenth inning giving Pasco-Hernando State College a 3-2 win at the NJCAA Division II World Series today in Enid, Oklahoma. The win advance PHSC to the winners bracket game on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (EST). Danny Rodriguez (10-3) picked up the win in relief. Starter Chris McCormick pitched 7.2 innings allowing one earned run on six his while striking out six. Brennan Allen, Tyler Ramsey and Kevin Faulkner each had two hits in the game. The win improved the team to 26-16 on the season.
Team Ready to Start World Series Sunday
The baseball team will play its first World Series game tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.(EST) against second ranked Mercer County Community College in Enid, Oklahoma. The game will be webcast at www.njcaatv.com. Chris McCormick will get the start for the Conquistadors who finished 25-16 on the season and currently ranked eleventh in the latest NJCAA Division II poll. The team arrived in Enid on Thursday afternoon. They attended a Little League game for 10 year olds that evening for one of their sponsors. On Friday, the world series teams attended an Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast before practicing that afternoon. The city of Enid hosted a pep rally Friday evening for all of the participates and sponsors of this event. The team had its final workout this morning and have watched some of the world series games today.