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College Baseball’s “Secret Weapon”: Alcorn State’s Corey Wimberly
NEW HAVEN, Ct.
NEW HAVEN, Ct.— If you’re a college baseball fan, you should know a little something about Alcorn State’s Corey Wimberly. He’s affectionately known on the Mississippi campus as “College Baseball’s Little Secret”.
Following in the tradition of SWAC baseball standouts (Lou Brock, Ralph Garr and Rickie Weeks), the Braves’ sophomore second baseman is making quite a name for himself on the diamond.
Here’s what he’s doing for starters.
Wimberly is currently leading all Division I baseball in hitting with a .470 batting average. He also ranks third nationally in stolen bases (1.18 per game), fifth in the “Toughest to Strike-Out” category and sixth in runs per game (1.42).
Oh, and did I mention he has his own website? (www.coreywimberly.com). The site was launched by Alcorn’s sports information staff earlier this month to let the sports cyberworld know about the native of Jacksonville, Florida.
THE REAL DEAL The Cellular South Ferriss Trophy (Best Player in the State of Mississippi) and Wallace Award candidate (Nation’s top player) continues to lead the SWAC in several categories, including batting average (.470), on base percentage (.567) and steals (39). He is second in hits (54) and runs scored (47) and fifth in slugging percentage (.626).
He was also the SWAC’s preseason choice for the conference’s Player of the Year as well. Wimberly is one of three players representing HBCU student athletes as a candidate for the Wallace Award.
First baseman Ricky Thomas of Prairie View A&M and outfielder Jeremy Jones of North Carolina A&T are also up for the award.
Wimberly earned several honors at the conclusion of his Alcorn State debut in 2004, including Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, SWAC Freshman and Newcomer of the Year, First-Team All-Conference, and Second-Team All-Blackcollegebaseball.com.
Behind Wimberly and pitcher Johnny Perez, the Braves will be looking to solidify the number seed (just behind Mississippi Valley State) this weekend heading into next month’s SWAC Baseball Tournament.
This year’s tournament bid will be the first for Alcorn and legendary baseball coach Willie “Rat” McGowan Sr. since 2002.