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J.C. Keys
J.C.  Keys

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Hattiesburg, Miss.

High School:
Oak Grove HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 173

Position:
RHP

Experience:
HS

2017 (So.): Stepped into more prominent role pitching, appearing in 14 games, including eight starts…Finished 3-3 with a 5.15 ERA…Picked up first career win with six innings of shutout ball vs. Xavier (3/11, 2nd game)…Threw career-long eight innings, allowing a run on one hit with career-high seven strikeouts in a win at Western Kentucky (4/2)…Scattered five hits while allowing one run over five innings in a win vs. Southeastern Louisiana (5/16)…Threw 50 2/3 innings, allowing 29 earned runs, with 23 walks and 46 strikeouts…Allowed 46 hits, including 10 doubles, four home runs…More consistent down the stretch, allowing one earned run in each of his last three appearances…Also appeared in five games as a defensive replacement in the outfield and another as a pinch runner…Did not have a plate appearance.

2016 (Fr.):
Appeared in 34 games, primarily as a pinch-runner and/or late-inning defensive replacement in the outfield...Has scored nine runs…No hits in four at-bats…Appeared also on the mound for four relief appearances… Allowed five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings…Walked nine while striking out two…Played for the Acadiana Cane Cutters in the Texas Collegiate League…Made the league’s all-star game and earned the victory with an inning of relief in the contest…Posted an 0-2 mark during the summer with a 4.13 ERA…Fanned 44 in 37 innings of work in which he appeared in 13 games with one start…Named to C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll…Earned Athletic Director’s Honors during the 2016 fall semester.

Prep: Played for Coach Chris McCardle…One of four former Oak Grove teammates on the Golden Eagles’ roster…Three-year starter, played pitcher and outfield…Compiled went 18-7 in his career with 2.18 ERA.; appeared in 33 games (26 starts) with 10 complete games; logged 201 strikeouts and 105 walks in 151 innings….Finished with .311 career average with 45 RBIs, 48 runs scored and 16 stolen bases…Warriors won state 6A baseball title in 2014, were runner-ups in 2015…As senior, went 10-2 with a 1.64 ERA; in 13 appearances (12 starts); threw seven complete games, including three no-hit shutouts; logged 117 strikeouts and 48 walks in 81 innings… Hit .336 with seven doubles, 27 RBIs and 20 runs scored … Mississippi High School All-Star Team…First-team All-State, first-team All-Region, first-team All-Area…As junior, went 2-3 with 3.59 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings…Hit .322 with 18 RBIs and 12 runs scored…As sophomore, started eight games, including three complete games; finished 6-2 with 2.35 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings…Played football three years, finishing with 134 tackles in 22 career games with eight interceptions …As senior, completed 37 of 50 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 126 yards on 33 carries; had 91 tackles, four interceptions.

Personal: Son of Iris and Joseph Keys…Majoring in Business Administration.

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