Jackson State News Archives

Nov 19, 2012

Five Jackson State baseball players go on to sign with four-year universities to play for 2013-2014 season

Five of Jackson State’s sophomore students that are also on the baseball team will transfer to four-year universities following the conclusion of their education at JSCC to go on to play the 2013-2014 baseball season. Their signing ceremony took place Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. on Jackson State’s main campus in the Kisber Conference Room located in McWherter Center. The students include: Juan Rivers, Kane Barrow, Richie Pearl, Alex Martin, and Michael Purcell.

“We are so proud of the students,” said Steve Cornelison, Athletic Director and head baseball coach for Jackson State. “It has been a pleasure working with each of them.”

Juan Rivera, a second baseman from Kissimmee, Fla., has decided to continue his college career as a Delta State Statesman in Cleveland, MS.  Rivera had a very productive season for the Generals last year, where he was a 2nd team All-Conference player, hitting .384 with 9 2B's, 5 HR's, and 41 RBI's in his freshman season.

Kane Barrow, a 6'3" 200 lb first baseman from Paris, Tenn., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Memphis next year.  Barrow is a Redshirt Sophomore who looks to have an even more outstanding year than last year.  He hit .416 with 17 2B's, 12 HR's, and 68 RBI's.  Barrow was also a 1st Team All-Conference and an Honorable Mention All-American in 2012.

Richie Pearl, a Redshirt Sophomore from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has signed to play his next two years at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.  As a Freshman, Pearl hit .387 while leading the team with 18 2B's.  He also contributed 8 HR's, and 66 RBI's to help him earn a spot as a 1st Team All-Conference player.  Pearl also had 5 outfield assists from right field.

Alex Martin, a RHP from Rossview High School in Clarksville, Tenn., has decided to continue his pitching career for the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks.  Martin looks to have a bigger role and promising sophomore season with the Generals.  He has had an outstanding fall and looks to continue that in the spring.  Last year Martin was used in a couple different roles as a pitcher, where all together he went 1-1 and threw 25 1/3 innings with a 6.75 ERA.

Michael Purcell, a standout LHP from Waverly, Tenn., will continue his career at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.  Purcell should play a huge part in the success of the Generals in 2013.  As a freshman, Purcell went 3-1, striking out 25 in 29 2/3 innings with a 3.94 ERA.  Opponents batted a mere .225 off the left-hander, who also added a complete game shutout throughout the season.