Three More Eagle Baseball Players Earn Scholarships
Three more MSJC baseball players from the 2016 team have made decisions on where they will play in the Spring of 2017 as each signed a scholarship over the past couple of weeks.
Pitchers Zevon Benoit and Jeramy Smith along with outfielder Nick Gonzales all signed to continue their education and baseball careers at the four year level.
Smith, the Eagles closer this past season, signed with NCAA Division I Grand Canyon University. Smith who graduated from Paloma Valley High School earned 6 saves this past season for the Eagles. Smith struck out 33 hitters in just 21 and 1/3 innings of work. Grand Canyon is a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and is coming off a season last Spring where they went 25-28-1. GCU is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Benoit, a starting pitcher from West Des Moines (IA) Dowling Catholic High School, signed with NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino. Benoit was the Eagles co-MVP this past season along with catcher Jake Pulcheon who signed earlier this week with Division I Houston Baptist. Benoit led MSJC is wins this past season with an overall record of 9-6 including an outstanding mark of 7-2 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games. Benoit also led the Eagles in innings pitched during the season at 99 2/3, and strike outs with 73, while finishing the season with a 3.35 earned run average. CSU San Bernardino is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Gonzales, an outfielder from Riverside Poly High School, will play at Mayville State an NAIA Division I school located in Mayville, North Dakota. Gonzales who was a two year starter for the Eagles hit .262 during his sophomore season and had 10 extra base hits while driving in 26 runs, which was tied for second highest on the team. Mayville State plays in the Northern Star Conference and had an overall record of 31-30 last season.
These three players join Pulcheon and Brett Martin (New Mexico Highlands) as the first five players to officially sign from the 2016 MSJC baseball team. More former Eagles are expected to sign in the coming weeks. These players along with their teammates helped MSJC to the CCCAA Southern California Regional play-offs this pas season and finished with an overall record of 20-17. MSJC went 15-9 in the PCAC to finish third in the conference standings.
Eagle baseball players Jeramy Smith (right), Zevon Benoit (top left), and Nick Gonzales (bottom left) each signed a scholarship over the past couple of weeks to continue their playing careers and educations at the four year level. Smith will attend Grand Canyon University, Benoit Cal State San Bernardino, and Gonzales Mayville State (ND).