It's a magic number in major league baseball, and no one has reached the mark since 1941, when Ted Williams topped .400. The Splendid Splinter finished with a .406 batting average that year with the Boston Red Sox.
Granted, in college baseball a .400 batting average is not uncommon, but Augusta State University senior Matt May might have his goals set a little bit higher.
Through the first nine games with the Jaguars this season, the former Harlem High School standout was batting an astonishing .514. May's early tear featured 18 hits in 35 at-bats, with three doubles, two triples and 12 runs scored.
As if his offensive output wasn't impressive enough, May has played flawlessly in the outfield, recording a 1.000 fielding percentage with 14 putouts.
May has helped lead the Jags to a 5-4 record, and the left-hander is easily one of the hottest college hitters in the nation.
It may be too much to expect for May to continue at his torrid pace, but don't be surprised if he finishes the season with a batting average above .400.
And who knows? May might just bat .500 this season.
Walker has solid outing
In ASU's victory over Newberry College last week, freshmen pitcher Justin Walker came on in relief and pitched brilliantly to pick up his first collegiate win.
The Evans High School graduate came in for starter Daniel Gunn. In just his second career appearance, Walker shut down Newberry, working 4.1 innings and striking out four batters.
Rivers signs with Falcons
Former Lakeside High School quarterback David Rivers may have an interesting job soon - back-up to Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick.
It certainly is a possibility.
Rivers, who played football for three seasons at University of Virginia before he transferred and starred at Western Carolina University during his senior year.
His size, arm strength and athleticism caught the eye of several NFL teams. In 2001, Rivers was invited to the St. Louis Rams' camp, where he drew praise from the coaching staff, despite not making the squad.
Now, after a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, Rivers has landed with the Atlanta Falcons. He is rooming with good friend and former Virginia teammate Patrick Kerney, a defensive end for the Falcons.
Rivers has signed a contract with the Falcons. The Atlanta coaching staff believes the 6-4 signal caller can do the job in the NFL, but first, Rivers needs some experience.
Atlanta is sending Rivers to the World Football League, but we may see him in a Falcons uniform in the near future.
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