PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast first baseman Tyler Evans has signed to continue his collegiate playing career at NCAA Division II West Alabama.
"The coaches were all nice to me. I just felt like I'd be a good fit," he said. "They told me I'd come in right away, be in the lineup and be an important player for them."
West Alabama, coached by Gary Rundles, finished the season 38-21. The Tigers were runners-up in the Gulf South Conference and NCAA South Region tournaments.
Evans, an All-MACJC First Team selection from D'Iberville, ended the season on an astounding 32-game hitting streak. He led the team in batting average (.380), home runs (6), RBI (42), doubles (10) and hits (62). He batted .303 as a freshman.
He downplayed the 32-game hit streak, but there's little doubt the biggest lesson he learned at Gulf Coast paved the way for it.
"How hard you work determines how much success you're going to have," Evans said. "My freshman year, I didn't really work as hard as I should, and it showed. This year I worked out a lot and made sure I worked as hard as anybody. I think that all paid off for me."
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