09 Mar

in the spotlight

Millsaps College’s Wil Wood will make his next start in what has been a dominant season when the Majors begin Southern Athletic Association play this weekend (today-Sunday at Twenty Field) against rival Rhodes. Grad student Wood, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound left-hander, is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA and national-best 43 strikeouts in 25 innings for the NCAA Division III Majors (10-4). Wood was the D-III pitcher of the month for February, when he threw a no-hitter. The Memphis native is no flash in the pan: He won 17 games over the previous two years for the Majors. … Dakota Jordan, the ex-Jackson Academy star now at Mississippi State, went 4-for-4 with a homer Friday as the Bulldogs (10-4) beat Evansville 5-2 for their seventh straight win. Jordan has 13 hits, including three homers, during State’s win streak and is batting .396 with six bombs and 20 RBIs on the season. He hit the game-deciding homer against Southern Miss on Tuesday at Pearl’s Trustmark Park. … USM’s Billy Butler blasted two home runs in a 9-4 win at Louisiana Tech on Friday and has now homered in three straight games, including a big bomb at Trustmark Park in the loss to State. USM (9-5) plays LaTech (12-2) again today in Game 2 of the non-conference series. A senior transfer from Rhode Island, the 6-2, 234-pound Butler was an All-Atlantic 10 pick in 2023 and hit 19 homers in his Rams career. In nine games for USM, he is batting .423 with a team-best four homers and six RBIs. … Jackson State’s Joseph Eichelberger, whose hot hitting has drawn a lot of attention, went 0-for-4 in a loss against Presbyterian on Friday in the opener of the Grind City Classic at Memphis. The juco transfer will take a .511 average (and 22 RBIs) into today’s game against Butler. The Tigers (10-4) will also play host Memphis on Sunday.

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