Black College Nines Announces 2021 HBCU Baseball Post Season Elites and Individual Awards

MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama State had five players named to the Black College Nines’ Elite teams for the 2021 season, including the Large School Division Player of the Year in Trenton Jamison.

Additional recognition was given to the Player, Pitcher, Freshman and Coach of the Year, as well as to Sports Information Directors. Black College Nines also honor individuals for sportsmanship and dedication for outstanding support, commitment and devotion to HBCU college baseball. First and second team selections were made in both the Large School Division (made up of NCAA Division I schools) and Small School Division (made up of NCAA Division II as well as schools in both the NAIA and USCAA).

Selections were made based upon statistical information, mid-season reports including research provided by Black College Nines and both coaching staffs and their sports information directors. Player, pitcher and coach of the year awards were voted upon by Black College Nines and members of the national media.

Jamison who led the team in hitting at .390 in 40 games was named the Large School Division Player of the Year as an outfielder. He recorded 64 hits with an OPS of 1.094, scoring 44 runs and driving in another 43, with an on-base percentage of .460 with 16 walks. He also recorded 22 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles and eight home runs.

The redshirt sophomore was joined on the First Team by catcher Hunter May, who was named to the Buster Posey Award Watch List, was named First Team catcher after a year that he hit .351 in 31 starts, with an OPS of 1.080 with 33 hits on the season. He scored 31 runs and drove in another 24, while recording 13 extra-base hits including ten doubles and three home runs.

They were joined on the first team by a pair of teammates in Cristopher DeGuzman and Santiago Garcia.

DeGuzman earned the nod at shortstop after a year that he hit .370 in 40 games, while posting a .969 OPS and recording 57 hits. He recorded 14 extra-base hits, while scoring 44 runs and knocking in another 31. He also drew 21 walks and recorded a slugging percentage of .513 and had a .456 on-base percentage. Meanwhile, Garcia hit .326 with an OPS of 1.129 in 38 games. He recorded 43 hits, scored 37 runs, and drove in 41 more for the Hornets. He also led the team in home runs with ten and in doubles with 15.

Meanwhile, starting pitcher Breon Poolerwas named to the Second Team after he finished the year 5-2 with a 3.47 earned run average in 11 starts. He logged 57.0 innings and allowed 32 runs (22 earned) on 38 hits, while recording 76 strikeouts. He held opponents to a .188 batting average and had six outings where he allowed four or fewer hits.

The Hornets’ Director of Athletic Strategic Communications, Travis Jarome, was also honored by the organization as one of four SIDs of the Year.

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