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LSC-Kingwood Baseball Team Highlights Successful Season

LSC-Kingwood Baseball Team Highlights Successful Season
LSC-Kingwood Baseball Team Highlights Successful Season

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s club baseball team wrapped up its 2014-2015 season with a .789 winning percentage and winning conference.

This was their first conference championship and post-season appearance since moving up to the Division I level of the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) in 2010. The NCBA Gulf Coast East Conference consists of teams from University of Houston, Stephen F. Austin University, Louisiana State University, and Tulane University.

“I am very proud of this team for a number of reasons. They accepted the challenge presented to them and in all honesty, they accomplished more than even they thought,” said Daniel Jauregui, head baseball coach.

LSC-Kingwood’s baseball team was the number one seed in the Gulf Coast Regional Tournament where they competed against the University of North Texas (UNT), University of Texas (UT) and Texas Tech University. They defeated UNT 4-2, but was eliminated with losses to UT 9-4 and to Texas Tech 5-3.  LSC-Kingwood’s conference record was 10-1 with an overall record of 15-4 which earned them a ranking of 20th in the nation.

“This year’s team understood the long steep climb they had to do to gain the respect of the league and country,” Jauregui said. “This desire to prove they belonged is what drove their success in a number of first for LSC baseball.”

In addition to the team’s success, players also earned individual recognition. Stephen Kwiatkowski won the 2015 Gulf Coast Pitcher of the Year Award with 5 wins and 0 losses and a 0.35 ERA.  Kwiatkowski and Chris Carrell earned 1st Team All Region, Patrick Welmer earned 2nd Team All Region, and Chandler O’Neal earned 3rd Team All Region in the Gulf Coast Conference Spring 2015.

“The key to our success was our team chemistry. We worked together and pushed through the tough times, which led us to be a great ball team,” Kwiatkowski said. “Although we didn’t win the regional tournament, I am very pleased to see how far we made and I’d love to do it all again.” Kwiatkowski has been on the team for one year and hopes to get a baseball scholarship to Sam Houston State University. He wants to earn a criminal justice degree and be either a game warden or a police officer.

The 2015-2016 season begins in mid-August with early workouts and returners. Tryouts will then be held to assess the players’ skills in game situations through the fall.

“We take all skill levels on our team and don't mind the challenge of developing players.  However, our team looks for players that have the knowledge, understanding, and desire to play baseball at the college level,” Jauregui said.

Players from any campus in the Lone Star College System are eligible to try out for the team. Athletes are required to maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative Lone Star College GPA, be enrolled in nine academic hours, and agree to the LSC-Kingwood Student Athlete Player Guidelines and Expectations.  Incoming freshmen are allowed to play one semester without a GPA.

For more information on sports at LSC-Kingwood, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/sports-kingwood.htm.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.