Former Northeast Tiger excelling in the classroom

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Former Northeast Mississippi Community College pitcher Jon Andy Scott of Booneville is planning for his future – not only by toeing the rubber for the University of Mississippi baseball team but in the classroom as well.

Scott, who donned the Northeast black and gold in 2009, was recently named to the 2011 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Spring Academic Honor Roll when the conference handed out awards on June 30.

Scott, a 6-4 left-handed pitcher, was one of 61 University of Mississippi Rebels and Lady Rebels to receive the honor but was one of only 10 Rebel baseball players that were selected for inclusion on the list.

To be eligible for the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must meet the following criteria as cited by the SEC, “(1) A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above at the nominating institution. (2) If a student-athlete attends summer school,his/her grade point average during the summer academic term must be included in the calculation used to determine eligibility for the Academic Honor Roll. (3) Student-athletes eligible for the Honor Roll include those receiving an athletics scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons. (4) Prior to being nominated, a student-athlete must have successfully completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution. (5) The student-athlete must have been a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.”

During the 2010-11 season at Ole Miss, Scott saw limited action but made the most of his time on the mound. In a pair of appearances for the Rebels, Scott facedseven batters and struck out three.

Scott’s inclusion on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll is not the first time that the Booneville native has been recognized for his work in the classroom.

As a member of the 2009 Tiger baseball team, Scott was one of seven Northeast baseball players to be inducted into the Northeast Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society along with Wheeler’s Neal Tice, Kossuth’s Patrick Hinton, Tishomingo County’s Seth Kennedy, Pontotoc’s Nick McGregor, Lafayette County’s Jake Mills and Clinton’s Phillip Chapman.

For inclusion into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Scott had to attain a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale just to join and maintain a 3.25 GPA to remain in good standing with the organization throughout his time at Northeast.

During his 2009 season with the Tigers, Scott led Northeast to a 33-14 record and a 17-7 mark in the North Division and helped lead the Tiger baseball team to a North Division runner-up finish.

Northeast also hosted the opening round of the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) State baseball playoffs during Scott’s time with the Northeast squad.

Scott appeared in 11 games for the Tigers in 2009 and threw 49 innings allowing just 19 earned runs while striking out 46 and allowing 22 walks.

Scott, who was sidelined in 2008 after having Tommy John surgery, posted a 6-4 mark during his only year at Northeast and had a 2.71 earn run average.

Prior to his time at Northeast, Scott lettered at Booneville High School under the tutelage of Bo Sandlin and batted .445 as a senior in 2007 while sporting a .78 ERA on themound in 45 innings pitched. Scott, who was a two-time Region 1-3A First Team All-Division pitcher, also has clocked time with the Jackson 96’ers and the Tallahatchie Rascals of the Cotton States Baseball League