By MARCIA LANE
PALATKA – Five student athletes at St. Johns River State College recently signed NCAA National Letters of Intent, advancing their academic and baseball careers to the university level.
Infielder Nick Owens signed with Virginia Tech where he’ll be studying business information technology. The shortstop from North Carolina played in 55 games for the Vikings last spring ending with a .350 batting average. Owens had a .921 fielding percentage with 31 double plays for the Vikings and was named to the All Mid-Florida Conference second team.
Pearson McMahan, who was also named to the All Mid-Florida Conference second team, will be headed to Mississippi State University to study psychology next fall. A graduate of Middleburg High School, the right-handed pitcher was in 26 games last spring, with a record of 6-1 on the mound with one save. He had an earned run average of 2.76, averaging 12.97 strikeouts per game during his freshman season.
Jacksonville Beach native Jimbo Reemsnyder signed with Old Dominion University, where he plans to major in communications. The Fletcher High School graduate played in 25 games as a Viking last spring, batting .316 with eight runs, including two doubles and three home runs, and 13 RBIs.
Viking pitcher Zachary Greene will head to the University of South Alabama next fall to study business management. The transfer from University of North Carolina at Asheville appeared in 15 games last season, accumulating 23 strikeouts and an earned run average of 4.56 in 23 innings pitched for the Bulldogs.
Transfer Clay Helvey signed with the University of Tampa where he will study exercise science. The pitcher from South Carolina made nine appearances and started three games as a freshman at the College of Charleston last spring, accumulating a 3.72 earned run average and 15 strikeouts in the 19 innings he pitched as a Cougar.