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Junior College Top 50 Teams
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Junior College Notebook (3/15)

Even with a perfect 27-0 record, North Carolina’s Louisburg College was deprived of the top spot in the latest Perfect Game ranking of the nation’s Top 50 Junior College teams.

The Hurricanes, coming off a 26-27 season, had already topped their victory total of a year ago, while moving from No. 5 to No. 3, but couldn’t supplant Texas’ Howard College or California’s Orange Coast College from the top two spots. Howard (16-2) maintained its pre-season No. 1 ranking while Orange Coast (17-2-1) held fast at No. 2 after starting the season at No. 4.

Louisburg, meanwhile, was ranked No. 38 to start the 2012 season. After moving to No. 5 in PG’s first in-season ranking, it was only able to leapfrog two more teams this time, Tennessee’s No. 4 Walters State (20-2) and Iowa Western (7-0), both of which actually fell a spot to the fast-charging Hurricanes despite losing just one game between them over the last two weeks.

The Hurricanes, under first-year coach Mike McGuire, find themselves in some fast company as the nation’s top five JC teams are a combined 87-6-1. But they are the hottest club around and legitimized their standing as one of the nation’s top teams by opening Region X play over the weekend with a four-game sweep of North Carolina rival, Pitt CC, which has dominated the state JC ranks in recent years.

Louisburg
continues to get excellent mileage from the left side of its infield with Steve Nyisztor (.372-4-24, 15 SB) at shortstop and Zach Houchins (.394-4-29, 10 SB) at third. Nyisztor is a transfer from Rutgers while Houchins, who played short a year ago, was an unsigned 15
th-round pick of the Washington Nationals. As a team, the Hurricanes are hitting .335.

With a 2.22 ERA, the team’s pitching staff has been ever more dominant. It has been led by 6-foot-8 righthander Tim Brechbuehler (5-0, 2.23, 32 IP/37 SO), a North Carolina transfer who pitched his best game of the season Saturday against Pitt, winning 4-0. He struck out eight in seven innings, while allowing four hits, and was still pumping his fastball at 93 mph in the seventh inning.

Top-ranked Howard, meanwhile, has no shortage of premium arms itself, including Oregon-bound closer Nick Sawyer (1-0, 1.69, 2 SV), whose fastball topped out at 96-97 mph last week. Former Nebraska lefthander Logan Ehlers (3-0, 0.38) and ex-Texas righthander Clayon Crum (3-0, 0.69) have been the Hawks top two starters. Ehlers has been consistently between 89-92 mph, Crum between 92-94. Overall, the Howard staff has a 2.66 ERA while the Hawks are hitting a robust .405 as a team.

2-27 - Rankings as of February 27

Rank 2-27 Team State Record
1 1 Howard TX 16-2
2 2 Orange Coast CA 17-2-1
3 5 Louisburg NC 27-0
4 3 Walters State TN 20-2
5 4 Iowa Western IA 7-0
6 7 McLennan TX 16-3
7 9 Polk State FL 22-6
8 10 Grayson County TX 14-4
9 12 Wabash Valley IL 21-1
10 15 Western Nevada NV 19-5
11 29 Palm Beach State FL 21-7
12 11 Cypress CA 13-4
13 17 Central Arizona AZ 18-7
14 8 Middle Georgia GA 16-7
15 6 Santa Fe FL 20-8
16 14 USC Sumter SC 17-5
17 19 Salt Lake UT 16-3
18 24 Feather River CA 15-3
19 18 Miami-Dade FL 18-8-1
20 13 Bellevue WA 5-2
21 39 Chipola FL 20-11
22 22 LSU-Eunice LA 20-2
23 26 Eastern Oklahoma State OK 14-5
24 38 Gulf Coast FL 22-7
25 46 Central Alabama AL 20-5
26 21 Jefferson MO 11-5
27   Central Florida FL 20-10
28 23 Santa Ana CA 13-5
29   Cisco TX 16-3
30 49 Cuesta CA 13-3
31 35 Tallahassee FL 19-8
32 25 Neosho County KS 16-5
33 27 Georgia Perimeter GA 20-6
34 31 Seminole State OK 13-5
35   USC Lancaster SC 18-3
36 37 Northwest Florida State FL 15-9
37 40 San Joaquin Delta CA 10-5
38 47 Chattanooga State TN 21-6
39 16 Navarro TX 13-7
40   Rio Hondo CA 13-3
41 43 Lamar CO 18-5
42   New Mexico NM 16-4
43   Connors State OK 15-2
44 45 Bakersfield CA 12-4
45   Merced CA 10-5
46   Edmonds WA 7-1
47 48 Pensacola State FL 16-7
48   Crowder MO 15-5
49   Yavapai AZ 15-9
50   Northeastern Oklahoma A&M OK 11-3


Dropped out:  Spartanburg Methodist, South Mountain, Galveston, Arizona Western, San Jacinto, Sierra, Barton, Southern Nevada, Diablo Valley, Fort Scott, Midland




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