2011 Review The 2011 season saw the University of Mobile transition into the alwaystough Southern States Athletic Conference, and saw Head Coach Mike Jacobs pick up career win No. 700 when the Rams beat rival Spring Hill 7-3 March 4th. UMobile finished the season with a 29-23 overall record and a 5-13 mark in SSAC play. The Rams started the season by building a 17-6 record through the first 23 games of the season. Mobile took 3-of-4 from St. Catharine to open the season, took 2-of-3 from Spring Hill in the team’s first SSAC series and knocked off perennial power Lee University 10-7. With the series versus the Badgers tied up at 1-1, Jacob Knowles twirled 7 shutout innings to lead the Rams to a 3-0 win in the rubber match, while Keith Granger drove in a pair of runs. In the 10-7 slugfest win over Lee, Michael King tossed 8.2 innings to grab the win, while Jeremy Williams finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. “It was definitely a good start to the season,” Head Coach Mike Jacobs said. “We won all but one of the series we played, swung the bats well and got some quality outings from our pitching staff.” From there, Lee finished off the series win over Mobile by taking the next two games, and then the Rams dropped 2-of-3 to Belhaven, before salvaging a series win over William Carey to sit at 23-11, 5-4 at the end of March. The Belhaven series was closely
all nine of the conference games, and the pitching staff had trouble holding leads when the offense produced. The team did take 2-of-3 from Shorter and swept LSU-Alexandria. “We had ourselves in position to end our first season in the SSAC with a respectable record, but we just couldn’t finish,” Jacobs said. “Our lineup didn’t produce like it was earlier in the year and our pitches started giving up more runs.” Jeremy Williams was drafted by the Texas Rangers.
contested, with the three games being decided by a total of four runs. The Rams lost the opener 1-0 in 15 innings despite a 9-innings shutout from King, but the offense managed only 7 hits in 49 at-bats. After UMobile bounced back to take the second game 5-4, Belhaven scored in every inning to take the series finale 7-5. The Rams then opened the William Carey series at home by taking the first two games by a combined 13-6 score before falling in the finale despite scoring 7 runs.
At the end of the year Jeremy Williams and Sam Mahoney earned All-SSAC honors. Williams went on to be selected in the 36th round by the Texas Rangers, while Mahoney inked with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. “Both of those guys anchored our lineup and put up great numbers for us,” Jacobs said. “It’s always great when players have a chance to chase their dream of playing pro ball, and we are excited to see what they will do with the opportunity.”
“That Belhaven series was tough, losing 1-0 in 15 innings and then dropping another close game,” Jacobs said. “It was nice to see the guys rebound with four straight wins and a series win in conference play.” The next 18 games did not go well for the Rams, compiling a record of 6-12. The bats went cold in those games, as the team scored 5 runs or fewer in
Sam Mahoney drove in a team-high 41 runs in 2011.
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Media guide for the 2012 University of Mobile baseball team