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Courtesy: Clay Bailey

Jackson State Named NCAA Statistical Champion

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 07/04/2017
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With the 2017 NCAA baseball statistics finalized, Jackson State was named the NCAA statistical champion in stolen bases and stolen bases per game in 2017.

Jackson State, who finished the season with the best overall and conference records (30- 17-1, 20-4 SWAC) during the regular season and won the east division title, finished the season with 141 total stolen bases and 2.52 stolen bases per game, in 48 games this season.

Bryce Brown led the Tigers with 27 stolen bases, CJ Newsome racked up 26, Jarvis Warner had 18 and Cornelius Copeland contributed 17 stolen bases.

This is the first time in conference history that a SWAC school has been crowned the NCAA statistical champion for stolen bases, dating back to 1972.

For stolen bases per game, this is the sixth time in the history of the Jackson State baseball program that the Tigers have earned the title in that statistic.  The Tigers last acomploished the feat in 2010, prior to that Jackson State had the most steals per game in three consecutive seasons (2003-2005), the Tigers earned the crown for the first time in the 1990 season.