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Ex-Bobcat Pierce drafted by Cardinals in eighth round
 June 10, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Former Jones County Junior College standout Andrew Pierce was drafted in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday.

Pierce, who prepped at Stringer High School, was a two-time, NJCAA All-American at JCJC in 2010-11. He was 21-5 in his two years with the Bobcats and helped JCJC to the MACJC and Region 23 championships in 2011. Pierce helped the Bobcats to a second-place finish in the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla., in 2011.

As a sophomore, he was 11-3 with a 1.99 earned run average and three saves. Pierce posted 126 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings with just 19 walks. He was All-MACjC and All-Region 23 in 2011 and helped JCJC to a 46-17 record. The Bobcats won the MACJC South Division in both of Pierce’s seasons at Jones.

At Southern Miss, the 6-foot-4, 160-pound righthander was 16-6 in his career, including 9-2 in 2013. He had a 2.30 ERA with 191 strikeouts in 207 innings. He had just 36 walks for a 5.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Opponents hit just .227 against Pierce this season.

For more information on Pierce and the Cardinals, go to http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball. To follow the draft, go to www.mlb.com

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