Barons end season at Nationals, celebrate 100 wins under Mullins
Baron Josh Palmer (6), 6'0" junior from Jesup, Ga., hit a homerun during the game to bring the Barons' lead to 3-2 early in the game. (Photo provided)
Baron pitcher Daniel Jones, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., hurls the ball down to a Campbellsville University batter during the Opening Round of the NAIA Baseball Nationals Championship May 12 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Photo provided)
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON— Although the Brewton-Parker College Barons Baseball team was not able to pull out a win over host and No. 1-ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) late Saturday, May 14 to advance to the Avista NAIA World Series, the team counts its 2010-2011 season as one of the best yet under Coach Greg “Boo” Mullins.
The Barons, ranked 15th nationally and 4th in the SSAC, celebrate a winning season that included Coach Mullins’ 100th collegiate win and back-to-back trips to post-season tournaments: the SSAC Baseball Championships, April 29-May 3, and the NAIA Baseball National Championships Opening Round, May 12-14.
Mullins calls the season “spectacular!”
“We had another great year and the guys gave me everything they had. We were so close to making it to (the Avista NAIA World Series in) Idaho but all we can do is work harder next year. We plan to be back in the national tournament again next year,” said Mullins.
During the Opening Round of Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., the Barons defeated Campbellsville University (Ky.), 18-6, in its first game May 12. Then, they faced a 4-7 loss to Embry-Riddle May 13. Picking it back up on Saturday, the Barons ousted Edward Waters College (EWC) from the double elimination tournament with an 11-2 win. However, a three-hour rain delay during the BPC vs. EWC game pushed the start of the Barons vs. Embry-Riddle game to 8:35 p.m. from the scheduled 6 p.m. first pitch.
Embry-Riddle fought BPC each inning, and despite a third-inning rally bringing BPC’s runs to 2, the Barons weren’t able to hold the Eagles off. The final score was 8-2 ERAU.
The Barons ended the year 37-18 overall. The team earned its 100th win under Coach Mullins May 2 with a 7-4 win over Faulkner during the SSAC Championship.
“We have our 100th win in just short of three years. I’m excited” said Coach Mullins. “That’s averaging 33 to 34 wins per year. That’s pretty nice.”
Mullins attributes the team’s success to the hard work and to the long hours they put in during practice.
“It’s just a blessing we are doing so well,” said Coach Mullins. “We have a .750 winning percentage against nationally-ranked schools. The Gators wish they could have that kind of record.”
Last season the Barons finished the year with a 40-18 overall record and advanced to the opening round of the national tournament. The Barons went 0-2 in their first bout at the national title under Mullins.
The Barons are no strangers to success. In 1997, the Barons won the NAIA National Title.
Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, Fla.
The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.