24 Mar

scac swan song

Millsaps begins its last Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign today when the Majors take on Oglethorpe in Atlanta. The Majors, who have won six SCAC baseball championships, will move next fall into the Southern Athletic Association, an eight-team NCAA Division III league made up mostly of current SCAC members, including Oglethorpe. Jim Page’s 24th edition of Majors is off to a 13-8 start and, interestingly enough, is 10-2 away from home. Stephen Gates leads the Millsaps hitters with a .427 average and has two homers, half the team’s total. Ryan Zemke is at .383 with a team-best 19 RBIs, and Samuel Doucet is batting .349 with 18 RBIs. Doucet doubles as a relief pitcher and has posted a sterling 1.59 ERA in 22 2/3 innings. The ace of this staff is Will Edwards, an East Mississippi Community College transfer who is 3-2 with a 2.92. Will Elmore is 1-3, 3.57.
P.S. The SAA was formed last summer when Millsaps, Birmingham-Southern, Centre, Hendrix, Oglethorpe, Rhodes and Sewanee announced they were leaving the SCAC, effective June 30, 2012. Berry College of Georgia will join them in the new league. Wonder why Mississippi College wasn’t invited? Hmmm.

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