Sept. 17, 2008
BATAVIA, N.Y. - Former UCLA third baseman Jermaine Curtis ended his first professional baseball season Sunday by leading the Batavia Muckdogs to the 2008 New York-Penn League Championship. Batavia won both games of a best-of-three series against the Jamestown Jammers to win its first league championship since 1963.
With Batavia down to their final out in Game 1, Curtis drilled a go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Friday to hand the Muckdogs a 4-3 cushion at Russell Diethrick Park. Curtis finished the night going 2-for-5 with one home run, two RBI and one run. In game two, Curtis went 0-for-2 with an RBI, walk and run, as Batavia cruised past Jamestown, 9-3.
Curtis finished the minor league regular season batting .305 with two home runs, one triple, 14 doubles, 20 RBI and 25 runs in 43 games (164 at-bats). The Fontana, Calif., resident collected a .383 on-base percentage for Batavia (class-A, short-season affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals).
A standout at UCLA from 2006-08, Curtis helped lead the Bruins to the postseason in each of his three seasons. Curtis compiled a career batting average of .321, collecting 38 doubles, six triples, six home runs, 80 RBI and 110 runs in Westwood.
A fifth-round selection in the 2008 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Curtis batted over .300 and tallied an on-base percentage above .400 each season with the Bruins. He was named the 2007 MVP of the Long Beach Regional, going 7-for-14 in the Bruins' three-game regional sweep, as UCLA advanced to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2000.