Southwest Tennessee Community College

November 20, 2003


Two Southwest Tennessee Community College baseball players have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and baseball careers at four-year colleges.

Jamie Carrico, a sophomore at Southwest, has signed with Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, one of the top Division 2 baseball programs in the country. As a freshman, Carrico compiled a 6-4 record with a 2.79 earned run average, and struck out 64 batters in 67-2/3 innings of work. Carrico played high school basketball at Bolton High School.

Drew Buford, a sophomore at Southwest, has signed with Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. As a freshman, Buford was the Saluqis’ closer; recording a team leading six saves with a 3.38 earned run average. Buford is from McGehee, Arkansas.

“This is a great opportunity for both Jamie and Drew,” said Southwest head baseball coach Johnny Ray. “Not only are they getting a chance to continue their baseball career, but more importantly, they are going to continue their education at good institutions. Both have meant a lot to the success of our program. I am sure they will continue to do the same at the next level.”

Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby, and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.

Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more then 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.

Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.