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Baseball Senior Recognition - Jack Tagget '20

Jack Tagget playing baseball.
Photo by Brian Klabik

The COVID-19 pandemic put an unexpected and early end to the 2020 spring seasons. As a result, traditional Senior Days were also canceled for spring sports. Please join us in recognizing and honoring our senior student-athletes through the tribute written by their coach below.

Four members of the baseball program have joined the exclusive class of Kalamazoo College Baseball Alumni. While 2020 will most notably be remembered for the pandemic of COVID-19, the class of 2020 has several other attributes that should be recalled. Despite their shortened senior season, the class of 2020 graduates as the fourth winningest class in program history with 71 wins. Playing in 128 games, the group of seniors helped the program have three winning seasons in their four years, two of the seasons were 20-plus win seasons, including the school record of 31 wins their freshmen year. The group also helped the program compile back-to-back second-place finishes in the MIAA in 2017 and 2018. We celebrate the four graduating members of the 2020 class today.

Jack Tagget, RHP, Frankenmuth, MI

Jack Tagget came to Kalamazoo College from Frankenmuth High School and was immediately on the mound for the Hornets in his freshman season. Splitting time as a starter and a reliever, the right-hander was crucial in aiding the program to its record 31-win season. Over his career, Tagget made 37 appearances. In his junior and senior season, Jack was only a starting pitcher and finished his career with 16 starts. Going 10-7 over his four years, the strike-throwing right-handed pitcher tallied 110 innings pitched, 93 strikeouts, two complete games, one save, and one shutout, which came in the first start of his senior season over Cal Tech, and his career ERA of 4.50 is good for eighth-best in school history. In his junior season, Jack led the team in innings pitched, starts and wins and was second in strikeouts and complete games. Saving his best for last, the senior ended his career with a 2-0 record with a 1.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts in the shortened season. He led the 2020 team in complete games, innings pitched, shutouts, starts and wins. Named a captain for his senior season, Tagget had become one of the leaders and voices of the Hornets program. A four-year MIAA Academic Honor Roll member, Tagget will graduate with a degree in business and will be pursuing a career in finance. He is honored with his parents, Pat and Kathy, and his brother Sam.

The Hornets baseball program is thankful for the dedication, impact, and work that these four members of the program have made in their careers. They have left the program in a great position and will be missed as they join the family of Kalamazoo College Baseball alumni.