Five Vikings sign NCAA National Letters of Intent
Five student-athletes from St. Johns River State College recently signed NCAA National Letters of Intent, advancing their academic and baseball careers to the university level.
Infielder Nick Owens signed with Virginia Tech, where he will study business information technology. The shortstop from North Carolina appeared in 55 games for the Vikings last spring, accumulating an impressive .350 batting average with 51 runs, including four doubles and two home runs, 25 RBIs and seven stolen bases. Equally impressive defensively, Owens had a .921 fielding percentage with 31 double plays for the Vikings and was named to the All Mid-Florida Conference second team.
Viking teammate Pearson McMahan was also named to the All Mid-Florida Conference second team last spring and will be headed to Mississippi State University to study psychology next fall. A graduate of Middleburg High School, the right-handed pitcher appeared in 26 games last spring, accruing a record of 6-1 on the mound with one save. McMahan had an earned run average of 2.76, averaging 12.97 strikeouts per game during his freshman season. McMahan said SJR State has been a great experience, and he is excited about what Mississippi State has to offer for his future.
Jacksonville Beach native Jimbo Reemsnyder signed with Old Dominion University, where he plans to major in communications. The Fletcher High School graduate appeared in 25 games as a Viking last spring, batting .316 with eight runs, including two doubles and three home runs, and 13 RBIs. Behind the plate, Reemsnyder had a .983 fielding percentage, committing only two errors in 121 chances.
Viking pitcher Zachary Greene will head to the University of South Alabama next fall to study business management. The transfer from the University of North Carolina at Asheville appeared in 15 games last season, accumulating 23 strikeouts and an earned run average of 4.56 in 23 innings pitched for the Bulldogs.
Another transfer, Clay Helvey, signed with the University of Tampa, where he will study exercise science. The pitcher from South Carolina made nine appearances and started three games as a freshman at the College of Charleston last spring, accumulating a 3.72 earned run average and 15 strikeouts in the 19 innings he pitched as a Cougar.
Ross Jones, SJR State athletic director and head baseball coach said, "These young men have represented our college and community in a first-class and highly-principled manner and will continue to do so at the next level. We look forward to their continued growth and success.”
In 1961, the Vikings took the field for the first time and have since dedicated the past half century to building a solid reputation for producing superior student-athletes. The College has continued its tradition of producing a strong baseball program with facility improvements including a covered practice facility, dugout and field renovations, and new grandstands.
SJR State Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Ross Jones and SJR State President Joe Pickens stand with five Viking baseball players who recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their baseball careers at the university level. From left: Jones, Nick Owens, Clay Helvey, Pearson McMahan, Zachary Greene, Jimbo Reemsnyder and Pickens.
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