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PHSC Wins Eighth Straight Game


Pasco-Hernando State defeated the University of Tampa JV 5-0 on Sunday afternoon in Tampa. It was the eighth straight win for the Conquistadors who improved to 22-7 on the season. Starter Chris McCormick (5-1) picked up the win by pitching six shutout innings allowing six hits, walking two and striking out five. Danny Rodriguez pitched the final three innings to record the save. Aderly Perez and Alex Kranick each had two hits in the game. Perez also stole three bases.

The team will return to action next Friday at South Florida State College in Avon Park. Game time is 2 p.m. and Danny Rodriguez is the starting pitcher.

PHSC Clinches District Tournament Spot


Pasco-Hernando State secured a spot in the NJCAA District Baseball Tournament in Kinston, N.C. with their 6-1 win over University of Tampa JV at the West Campus. The tournament runs May 8-12 with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Enid, Oklahoma.  It's the fifth straight year the team has advanced to the tournament. PHSC won the tournament last season and finished fourth at the World Series.

Sophomore Bob Peck pitched eight strong innings allowing only one run on two hits. He walked four and struck out a season high eleven. Sophomore Errol Whinnen pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Sophomores Kevin Faulkner and Alex Kranick each had three hits in the game. Freshman Jordan Ding hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.

The team will travel to University of Tampa tomorrow for a noon game. Sophomore Chris McCormick is the scheduled starter.

Rodriguez Ties Career Wins Mark


Sophomore pitcher Danny Rodriguez (7-1) tied Frankie Sanders (1994-95) career mark of seventeen wins as Pasco-Hernando State defeated Seminole State 10-0 at the West Campus. Rodriguez pitched seven innings allowing six hits, walking one and striking out five. Adam Arrowood pitched a scoreless eighth and Sean Fluke struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth. Christian Alicea went four for five with a double and 3 RBIs to lead a thirteen hit attack. Michael Faul also went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

The team will host the University of Tampa JV on Saturday. Game time is noon.

PHSC Trustees Select Timothy Beard as Next President


The Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees concluded its presidential search this evening by voting to extend an offer to Timothy Beard, Ph.D., to become the college’s fourth president effective July 1, 2015.

Timothy Beard, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management at PHSC, has worked for the college since 2007. Previously, he worked as vice president and dean of student affairs at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and director of student affairs and enrollment management at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Beard earned his doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling with a special emphasis in higher education administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling from Florida State University.

"We are pleased to extend an offer for the presidential position to Dr. Beard,” said Ed Blommel, PHSC District Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee Chair. “As a senior administrator at PHSC for the past eight years, he is already familiar with the college and has an understanding of its strategic goals and mission.”

Current PHSC President Katherine Johnson, Ed.D, will retire on June 30, 2015 and, pending the successful outcome of contract negotiations, Tim Beard is expected to begin his presidency on July 1, 2015.

Rodriguez Named FCSAA Pitcher Of The Week


Pasco-Hernando State College’s Danny Rodriguez is this week’s NJCAA Region8/FCSAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Rodriguez, a sophomore from Lutz, Fla., was 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in two appearances during the voting period. Rodriguez picked up two complete-game victories, including a five-hit shutout against Three Rivers on March 10, in which he struck out nine. On March 14, he allowed only four hits and struck out nine in an 8-1 win over NJCAA (DII) No. 19 Lincoln Land. For the week, he struck out 18 and allowed only four walks in 18 innings of work and held opponents to a .153 batting average. With the two victories, Rodriguez is also just one win away from tying Pasco-Hernando State’s career record of 17.

PHSC Wins On Road


Pasco-Hernando State defeated Seminole State College 8-3 in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon. Starter Chris McCormick (4-1) picked up the win pitching eight innings allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out six. Errol Whinnen pitched the ninth inning to close out the game. Danny Raynor went 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs to lead a 10 hit attack. Zach Hessinger and Justin Ortiz each had two hits in the game. The win improved PHSC to 19-7 on the season.

The two teams will meet in New Port Richey at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Rodriguez Dominates Lincoln Land


Sophomore Danny Rodriguez (6-1) pitched a complete game in Pasco-Hernando's 8-1 win over No. 16 Lincoln Land (Ill.) today at the West Campus. Rodriguez allowed only four hits while walking one and striking out nine. The win leaves him one shy of tying Frankie Sanders (94-95) school record of seventeen career wins. Zach Hessenger went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Jordan Feist 3 for 4 to lead a fourteen hit attack. Alex Kranick and Justin Ortiz each had two hits in the game.

The team will travel to Seminole State College on Monday for a 3 p.m. game. Chris McCormick is the starting pitcher.

McCormick Shuts Down Macomb


Sophomore Chris McCormick pitched seven shutout innings in the today's 8-3 win over Macomb Community College (Mich.) McCormick (3-1) allowed three hits while striking out four. He has now thrown 15 scoreless innings. The team had twelve hits in the game led by Alex Kranick who went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI. Zach Hessinger, Kevin Faulkner and Justin Ortiz each had two hits in the game. The team will host Inspiration Academy in a doubleheader tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.  Bob Peck will start game one and Tanner Thompson game two.

Rodriguez Picks 15th Career Win


Sophomore Danny Rodriguez improved to 5-1 on the season by pitching a complete game in today's 1-0 win over Three Rivers Community College. Rodriguez allowed only five hits and struck out nine. He is two wins shy of tying All-American Frankie Sanders for most all-time. Sanders won seventeen games during the 1994-95 seasons. Zack Hessinger drove in Jordan Feist with a double in the bottom of the seventh inning for the games only run. The win improved PHSC to 13-6.

The team will host Macomb Community College (Mich.) tomorrow at 1 p.m. Chris McCormick will be the starting pitcher.

PHSC Splits With Oakland


Pasco-Hernando defeated Oakland Community College 11-1 (5) in game two of Wednesday's doubleheader at the west campus. Olivia Nase (3 for 3/2B/RBI), Aaron McIntyre (1-2/2B/3 RBIs) and Dana Mackiewicz (2 for 3) led an 11-hit attack. Clarissa Lynch (5-7) pick up the win. In game one, Oakland shutout PHSC 3-0. The team is now 5-11 on the season and travels to St. Johns River State College today for a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader. PHSC returns home to host Broward Community College on Friday at 2:00 p.m.