ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Junior College right-hander Tyler Spring signed a baseball scholarship with Mississippi State University Thursday morning.
The redshirt sophomore from Stone High School has been one of the mainstays of the Bobcats' pitching staff, posting an 8-1 record and 2.27 earned-run average. In 53 2/3 innings, Spring has allowed 33 hits, while walking 34 batters and striking out 73.
Spring was part of the 2016 JCJC team that won the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. He went 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA that season, allowing 37 hits in 48 innings, walking 27 and striking out 46.
He had committed to the University of Alabama, but missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery for an elbow injury. After the Crimson Tide made a coaching change, Spring and the program mutually parted ways and he reopened the recruiting process, settling on State.
Spring has helped Bobcats post a 37-7 record and reach a No. 2 national ranking. JCJC leads the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' baseball standings by a game over Pearl River Community College.
The Bobcats can clinch the MACJC crown Saturday with a win at Meridian Community College or a loss by Pearl River at Coahoma Community College.