His team has been eliminated from contention for a berth in the Sun Belt Conference tournament. That means South Alabama senior forward Augustine Rubit has just two games remaining in his college career. And it has been quite the career. Last season's Sun Belt Player of the Year and a former Freshman of the Year in the league, Rubit is the league's all-time leading rebounder and is also high on the conference list in all-time scoring. But there will be no postseason play for him in his final season with the Jaguars. Thursday night, his team plays against Texas State and Saturday, in his college finale, the Jags play against Texas-Arlington, both games at the Mitchell Center. And if not making the tournament field isn't bad enough, there is another foe Rubit and his South Alabama team will face this week: unfortunate timing. This is spring break on the South Alabama campus. That means, of course, most of the students who might like to provide a proper sendoff for Rubit and others in their final game for the Jags, will not be on campus. With the season coming to an end and no chance of making the tournament, crowds will likely be small anyway; thanks to spring break, those numbers will be even smaller. That's a shame. Here's hoping some students will make their way back to campus a day or two early to at least attend Saturday's game, and that those who support the program and others in the community will turn out for the game as well, giving Rubit a proper farewell. NUMBERS GAME: South Alabama's baseball team has now played 10 games this season. The Jags have hit zero home runs. Zilch. Nada. So yes, this is a different team than the one of a year ago. However, the Jags have already collected 12 sacrifices (their opponents have four) and they have 84 total hits, compared to 81 for their opponents. Extra-base hits haven't been easy to come by for South Alabama either. The Jags have nine doubles and three triples; opposing teams have 16 doubles, two triples and four home runs. South Alabama's Farish Beard and Hannah Campbell aren't the only strikeout-tallying pitchers in town. Spring Hill College's Caroline Sagrera, a NAIA All-America pick last season as a freshman, has pitched two games this season, appearing in 15 innings and striking out 25. She has allowed eight hits, two runs and one walk and has an earned run average of 0.47. And South Alabama's women's basketball team knows the score as it prepares for its final two games of the regular season. If the Jags are to make the Sun Belt Conference tournament, this is what has to happen: South Alabama has to win both of its games (at home against No. 3 Texas State and No. 10 Texas-Arlington) and Louisiana-Monroe has to lose both of its games (on the road at No. 1 Arkansas State and No. 3 Arkansas-Little Rock; UALR and Texas State are tied for third). It's that simple.
Augustine Rubit will close out his South Alabama career this week
Alabama | Mar 4