May 23, 2013
Mississippi baseball stars don't all come from the big state powerhouse schools. Our Millsaps College Majors boast a 38-12 record, and are headed all the way to the NCAA Division III College World Series, first facing off against the Southern Maine Huskies.
Southern Maine's student body tops 11,000 - 11 times bigger than mighty, but tiny, Millsaps. But the Majors haven't let the College's small size stop their dominance throughout this season, winning the NCAA South Regional post-season title last week against Salisbury University, whose campus in Maryland enrolls more than 8,000 students. Millsaps wrapped up their regular season with a 34-11 record in the Southern Athletic Association conference, with a final win against Birmingham Southern in 7 shutout innings.
The Millsaps roster is jam packed with talent from the local Jackson area and the Gulf South region. Jackson, Miss., Jackson Academy graduate Keith Shumaker was named the South Region Player of the Year by D3baseball.com. Shumaker shined in all aspects of his 2013 campaign, with a 2.74 ERA on the mound over 10 starts, with a 6-1 record, plus hitting .374 while leading the team with 63 runs scored, which ranked him sixth in the nation going into the College World Series.
With two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning of the South Regional Title game, freshman Isaac Glenn, a Madison Central graduate from Madison, Miss., drove in the winning run for the Majors 7-6 victory.
The Majors win at the South Regional Title game.
In the 11th inning of a conference championship series game against against Birmingham-Southern, St. Andrew's graduate Jerrod Myers' of Jackson made a suicide squeeze bunt that gave Millsaps a 5-4 win.
Will Edwards, senior right-hander from Kosciusko and former East Mississippi Community College standout, was named to the second-team All-Region. Edwards led the Majors with an 8-2 record and five complete games, including a complete game shutout against Bridgewater in the South Regional.
Also joining Shumaker and Edwards on the team are sophomore right-hander West Hammond of Winona, Miss., who kept Salisbury quiet throughout the title game, giving the Majors their first lead during the bottom of the first half.
Birmingham native Kevin Wall out of Shades Valley in Birmingham, Ala., was dynamite at second base this year for the Majors. The senior turned 38 double plays while fielding at a .964 clip. At the plate, Wall hit .344 with 14 doubles, 39 runs driven in and 38 runs scored.
Stephen Gates, hailing from Cocoa, Fla., where he played for Holy Trinity Academy, was a do-everything corner infielder for the Majors. Gates picked it at both third and first base for the Majors and posted a solid .978 fielding percentage. At the plate, Gates was second on the team with 77 hits and hit .368 on the season. The senior also scored 63 runs, tying Shumaker for the team lead. Gates also ripped 18 doubles and drove in 35 runs.
Wes Perkins, from Geismar, La., ripped apart south region pitching in his senior campaign. Perkins at or near the national lead in hits with 89 and his .428 batting average easily led the Southern Athletic Association. Perkins leads the nation with 26 doubles and his 60 runs batted in places him in the national top-10. As a catcher, Perkins owns a .982 fielding percentage and threw out 21 percent of would be base stealers.
Head coach Jim Page, in his 25th year at the helm of the Majors, was named the South Region Coach of the Year. The skipper has earned a 648-349-3 (.650) record at Millsaps.
Join the Millsaps campus community for a viewing party as we watch Game one of the World Series! The fun starts at 10a.m., Friday, May 24. Find out more.
If you can't make it to Millsaps to watch, tune in online at the NCAA Division-III website.