Shane Segovia is making the most of his final season in college baseball.
The former St. Joseph Mustangs standout is in the middle of his senior season at Missouri and has been one of the most consistent hitters this spring.
The starting second baseman is third on the team with a .305 batting average and over the past two weeks has moved up and down the lineup from the No. 2 spot to No. 6 in this past weekend's series against No. 21 Auburn.
Segovia leads the Tigers in doubles (7) and shares the team lead in home runs with one. His 11 runs scored is second. As a junior, Segovia led the Tigers with nine doubles but injuries limited his productivity. He had only 112 at-bats as a junior and has 82 this season today's game against Southern Illinois at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo.
Those who saw him play for St. Joseph knows how much pop the native Texan has in his bat.
The Northeast Texas Community College product landed with the Mustangs late in the summer of 2011 thanks to the help of current Oklahoma State player Mark Robinette. He hit .400 in seven games that season and his first game in St. Joseph is still a very memorable one.
"The first time I hit the field after flying up there we were playing to clinch the MINK and we ended up winning," Segovia said. "It was crazy. It felt like the big leagues or winning a league championship in the minors. Celebrating on the field ... it was awesome."
The Mustangs newcomer took part in the National Baseball Congress World Series that season. St. Joseph went 2-2 and Segovia accounted for three at-bats.
Segovia became one of the key players the following season and helped the Mustangs win the 2012 MINK League championship. He hit .331 in 36 games, adding six doubles and 21 RBIs, but wasn't part of the team's NBC run as he headed to Columbia to start his first year at Missouri.
He opened last summer with the Mustangs and played in seven games before an injury forced him to the bench. His hamstring injury didn't heal quickly enough and he returned to Columbia to focus on rehabbing it in time for Missouri's fall baseball slate.