Southwest Tennessee Community College

August 17, 2004

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114 / Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023


Taylor Bennett, a right-handed pitcher from Covington who was selected in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres, has signed a Letter of Intent to play baseball at Southwest.

“Taylor is a tremendous talent,” said Saluqis’ head coach Johnny Ray. “We are thrilled to have someone with his ability coming into our program. In Taylor, we have an immediate number one starter and someone who brings some big game experience to the table.”

Bennett is transferring to Southwest from Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida, where he attended during the spring of 2004. He played his high school ball at Covington High School, where he was coached by Allen Pavatte and Geno Miller. Bennett was a four-time all-district and all-region selection in high school, and was named to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of the Preps Team. In addition, Bennett was regarded as one of the Mid-South’s top prospects and was selected as one of the state’s top ten by Baseball America.

As a senior, he posted a 7-2 record with a 2.24 earned average and 66 strikeouts in 56-1/3 innings. His junior year, Bennett went 6-5 with a 0.89 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He tossed a pair of no-hitters as a sophomore, compiling a 4-3 record and a 2.13 ERA and as a freshman went 8-5 with 88 strikeouts and a 2.51 ERA in helping CHS to the 2000 Class AA State Runner-up. In the summer of 2002, Bennett posted a perfect 8-0 record for the Dulin’s Dodgers and was the winning pitcher in the AAU 18-and-under National Championship Game.

Bennett is the son of Dewayne and Charl Lynn Bennett.