On Monday, May 12, 2014, Pasco-Hernando State College men’s baseball team advanced to the NJCAA Division II World Series by defeating Southeastern Community College 9-2 in the Southeast District Tournament in Morehead City, N.C. “This will be the first ever World Series appearance in the 23-year history of the PHSC baseball program,” said Steve Winterling, PHSC Athletic Director and Head Coach. “We could not be more excited for the school. And, it’s a great way to kick-off our first year as Pasco-Hernando State College.”
Danny Rodriguez (9-3) picked the win, pitching eight innings allowing two runs, one earned on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out one. Chris McCormick pitched a scoreless ninth inning striking out one. Ty Ramsey's three-run homer was the big blow in a four-run seventh inning. Tyler Cooler, Jose Alonzo and Alex Priddee each had two hits in the game for the PHSC Conquistadors who improved to 25-16 on the season.
PHSC batted .368 in the four game, double elimination district tournament. Joel Rosario led the team with .583 average (7 for 12/2B/2 RBI); Jose Alonzo followed, batting .467 (7 for 15/2 2B/4RBI); Brennan Allen .429 (6 for 14/2 2b/2HR/6RBI); Tyler Cooler .400 (6 for 15/2B/3B/3RBI); Kevin Faulkner .364 (4 for 11/2 2B/2RBI); Tyler Ramsey .357 (5 for 14/HR/6RBI); and Robby McCabe .333 (6 for 18/2RBI). Pitchers Danny Rodriguez went 2-0 with 1.38 earned run average and Chris McCormick went 1-0 in two appearances with a 2.70 era.
The team will return home to PHSC West Campus in New Port Richey from Morehead City, N.C. at noon, Wednesday, May 14. “We have a busy week ahead of us. We’ll take a break on Wednesday and then regroup to prepare for the Series,” said Winterling. The World Series will be held May 24-31 in Enid, Oklahoma.