Former EPHS Townie Hurler, Keith Grant, Finishes Stellar College Career
EP Native Big Part of EPHS 2014 Baseball Title and J&W University
Keith Grant was one of the key players on the 2014 State Champion East Providence High baseball team. He led EPHS to a Division II State Title, the school's first ever baseball championship. Grant was a First-Team All-State selection his senior year at EP while posting a 1.06 ERA and recording 102 strikeouts. He broke the Townies single season strikeout record and lettered four times in baseball. Grant and team mate C.J. Woods were a one-two punch that dominated Rhode Island high school baseball on the historic Townies drive toward its title.
Grant recently completed an award-winning career at J&W University. Grant selected Johnson & Wales University after graduation and became a key pitcher for the J&W Wildcats. J&W belongs to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) which includes Norwich, Anna Maria, St. Joseph's, Suffolk and others.
Grant earned his way onto the First-Team All-GNAC. Grant was a top pitcher in the GNAC and was also an all-tournament pick in a win he got vs. St. Joseph's. He was named GNAC Pitcher of the Week on March 8. Grant leads the GNAC in wins (9), innings (80.1) and complete games (4) while ranking second in strikeouts (69). He set the single-season school record for wins and innings pitched.
Grant appeared in 11 games for J&W this year, starting 10 of them. Grant threw a complete game win over Anna Maria College in tourney action to improve his record to a perfect 6-0 at the time. He gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. He was rated ninth in the league with a 4.75 ERA in 53 innings pitched. He also averaged 6.7 strikeouts per game and pitched two complete games. Grant also earned a GNAC Pitcher of the Week last year and led J&W with 6 wins, second in the GNAC.