It’s not your average November Thursday in Brooklyn — at least not for the two NEC institutions who reside in the borough.
LIU Brooklyn received some great news regarding one of its baseball alumni on Thursday morning, and St. Francis Brooklyn will be looking to make some great news on Thursday night at Penn State.
Former all-NEC outfielder James Jones, a Brooklyn native, is going to “The Show.”
The highest draft pick in NEC history at the time, Jones went to the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Since joining the pro ranks, Jones has steadily climbed the Mariners’ organizational ladder. In 2013, Jones led the Class AA Southern League in triples and was named a Southern League All-Star before finishing the year at Class AAA Tacoma. Late on Wednesday night, November 20, the Mariners announced the addition of Jones to their 40-man MLB roster.
— Craig Noto (@TheNoto24) November 21, 2013
Excerpt from the 2009 All-NEC Baseball News Release
Missing from the all-NEC first team outfield is Long Island’s James Jones (Brooklyn, NY/Telecommunication HS). The third-year Blackbird retains his first team status, but, more fittingly, moves over to the utility position. There is little that Jones cannot do on the diamond. The ace of LIU’s pitching staff batted a team-high .364 (8th in NEC) and his .395 average in league play was Conference’s third-best. Playing the outfield or first base when not on the hill, Jones posted the NEC’s fourth-highest on-base percentage (.453), sixth-most runs (47), sixth-best slugging percentage (.618), and seventh-most home runs (9). Looking every bit like what professional scouts have billed a five-tool player, Jones stole 20 bases (3rd in NEC) in 23 attempts.
Can Terriers Keep Good Times Rollin’?
Kicking off action in the 2013 NCAA Men’s College Cup First Round, St. Francis Brooklyn will look to become the second NEC men’s soccer team to win at Penn State this season.
Celebrating their first conference crown in 15 years, the NEC champion Terriers own a 12-5-1 overall record entering their matchup against the Big Ten regular season winner. St. Francis Brooklyn hasn’t faced a Big Ten opponent since 2001, but Penn State has already faced NEC member Saint Francis U, Robert Morris and Central Connecticut. The Nittany Lions dropped a 1-0 decision to SFU in double overtime, but posted 1-nil wins over both RMU and CCSU.
The NEC champion has historically performed well at the NCAA Men’s College Cup. Since 2001, the league’s represented has won (or advanced via penalty kicks) on 10 occasions. Last fall, Fairleigh Dickinson made it through to the Sweet 16 following wins over St. John’s and Saint Louis. The winner of the SFBK at Penn State game will head to UC Santa Barbara for a match on Sunday, November 24.
#Fact: The Terriers sit at No. 49 in the latest NCAA Division I Soccer RPI sandwiched by Duke and Tulsa.
St. Francis Brooklyn at Penn State
November 21 – 7:00 pm EST – State College, PA
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— Ron Ratner (@NECHoopsRon) November 21, 2013