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J.C. Keys
J.C.  Keys

Class:
Junior

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 16 games, including eight starts…Finished 3-3 with a 5.56 ERA…Picked up first career win with six innings of shutout ball versus Xavier (3/11, G2)…Threw career-long eight innings, a complete game, allowing a run on one hit with a career-high seven strikeouts in a win at WKU (4/2)…Scattered five hits, while allowing one run over five innings in a win against Southeastern Louisiana (5/16) in Biloxi…Threw 55 innings, allowing 34 earned runs, with 25 walks and 48 strikeouts…Allowed 54 hits, including 11 doubles, six home runs…Also appeared in five games as a defensive replacement in the outfield and another as a pinch runner…Did not have a plate appearance…Played for the Ocean State Waves of the New England Collegiate Baseball League last summer…Did not register a decision, but fanned 19 and walked 13 over 16 2/3 innings with a 1.62 ERA.

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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