GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG baseball signee Phillip Sanderson continued his dominance this season as he helped the Chipola College Indians earn back-to-back NJCAA Division I National Championships in Grand Junction, Colorado this past weekend.
Sanderson made three appearances in the tournament, starting two games and making a relief appearance in the national championship game with Walters State. After the Indians lost the first game of the double elimination tournament to Walters State, Chipola went on to win the next seven to earn its second-consecutive championship.
The Spartan signee got the championship run started as he took the mound in the second game of the tournament against Barton (Kan.). Sanderson tossed 6.1 innings in a no-decision, allowing four earned runs and striking out five. Sanderson left the game with a lead, but the Chipola bullpen couldn’t lock it down. The Indians scored two in the bottom of the ninth to earn the 10-8 victory to advance.
After Chipola earned three-straight wins, Sanderson saw his name on the lineup card once again. His second start was against San Jacinto (Texas). Sanderson threw five shutout innings, earning the complete game victory as his offense tallied 11 runs to force the mercy rule and move Chipola to the championship round against Walters State.
The following day, Chipola took the field against Walters State with the NJCAA title on the line. After his team went up 10-7 in the eighth inning, Chipola looked to its ace to close out the final two innings. Sanderson did just that, recording four strikeouts in his 2.0 innings of work without allowing a walk or a hit.
Sanderson led Chipola in ERA, innings pitched, least amount of walks and extra base hits allowed and limited opponents to a .248 average against during the NJCAA World Series, earning a 1-0 record, a save and a 0.68 ERA.