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coach_Denisha_DavidsonOur Women’s Basketball team’s Coach, Denisha Davidson, has been inducted into the Kennesaw State Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the KSU Sports and Recreation Park this past Saturday, Oct. 11. Coach Davidson was one of four inducted. For more information about this wonderful achievement, please see the article written by Kennesaw State Athletics. Congratulations Coach Davidson!

 

Fall Baseball

The Titans baseball season does not officially start until January 30; however, over the next two months, St. Petersburg College baseball players will be playing an 18 game schedule for developmental purposes. Coach Beckman explained, “Wins and Losses are not a priority in the fall. Teaching the game of baseball and getting our players to understand the SPC way of doing things, both on and off the field, is essential in order for us to have a good spring.”

This years fall roster is made up of a great balance of freshman and sophomores. We have Titan players coming from as far away as New York and Puerto Rico. Two incoming players were drafted this past June in the Major League Baseball amateur draft and turned down the ability to turn pro in favor of attending and playing at St Petersburg College.  Coach Beckman remarked, “We have all the talent to be a strong contender in both the Suncoast conference and in the state match ups. Baseball is a funny game because the best team is not the team that always wins. Instead, the win in many instances will go to the team that played the best. You can watch that on a daily basis during baseball playoffs in October.”

The Titans first home baseball game for the fall will be October 13 against Pasco Hernando State. For more information on Titans baseball visit www.spcollege.edu/baseball or follow them on twitter @SPCBaseball.

On Saturday, Freshman Corey Baptist became the 65 player drafted out of St. Petersburg College in the last 22 years. Within the MLB Amateur Draft, he went in the 17 round to the Detroit Tigers. Baptist who hit .397 with 9 home runs on the season, was a staple of the Titans line up. As a Titan, Baptist received several accolades, including: being voted twice within the season as FCSAA Region 8 player of the week, voted NJCAA Division 1 player of the week, voted First-Team All Suncoast Conference, First-Team All-State and was an Honorable Mention All American.

Coach Ryan Beckman had this to say about Baptist being drafted, “We are very excited for him. This was a goal he wanted from the day he stepped on campus and as a coach you always enjoy watching when players reach their goals.”

Baptist is expected to sign with the Tigers this week and should be reporting to Lakeland to begin his Rookie Ball season sometime shortly after that.

The Volleyball Fall 2014 Schedule has been released. Our St. Petersburg College Titans begin their regular season on Aug. 22 when they face Pasco-Hernando State College. After a 6 game regular season road trip, our Titans will play their home opening game on Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. versus South Florida State College. Come out and support our Titans! All games are played at the St. Pete/Gibbs gymnasium: 6605 5 Ave. N., St. Pete.

 

Softball signee

St. Petersburg College’s Women’s Softball team has signed Kristen Guthery. Kristen will be a utility player and comes from Jupiter, Fla. Congratulations Kristen and welcome to the team!

Kristen Signed

Karina Langer signsSt. Petersburg College’s Women’s Softball Player, #16 Karina Langer, has signed with Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her new team, the Sailfish, play within the NCAA South Region. Congratulations Karina on your signing!

 

 

After three weeks of battling back from an early conference deficit, the Titans earned a playoff seed on the last day of the season with an 8-5 victory over South Florida State College. Our Titans finished the conference season at 14-14 and with a 30-19 record overall in regular season play.

For the first time ever, the third place teams for each conference in the FCSAA, faced each other for a play in game into the State Tournament. Our Titans faced the Southern Conference third place team, Easter State College. The game was to be played at South Florida State College in Avon Park.

After falling down early, our Men’s Baseball team battled back with a pair of home runs from Joey Koehler and Jabe Molinaro. Unfortunately that was not enough for our Titans. Eastern Florida State capitalized on some defensive miscues, which ended the game with a walk off two run homerun. Following the game, Coach Beckman said, “Congratulations to Eastern! They have a good ball club and I wish them the best of luck. As for our guys, we had a great run and I could not be prouder of the fight and grit they showed over the past month. This team brought SPC back to the playoffs.”

Recently the Suncoast Conference coaches voted on the post-season honors:

• Relief Pitcher Alex Deise was voted the Suncoast Conference Fireman of the Year.
• Freshman Corey Baptist was voted first team All-Conference.
• Second team All-Conference:
o Jabe Molinaro
o Tyler Atwell
o Jacob Wright
o Trey Amburgey
o Alex Deise

Be sure to follow off season news for the Titans on twitter @SPCBaseball or online at http://www.spcollege.edu.

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