By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
MEAC Announces 2007 All-Conference Baseball Team
NORFOLK, Va. –The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced the 2007 All-MEAC Baseball Team during the tournament banquet at the Scott-Dozier Dining Hall on the campus of Norfolk State University last week.
North Carolina A&T State University third basemen Charlie Gamble was selected as the 2007 MEAC Player of the Year. Bethune- Cookman’s Francisco Rodriguez was named the Pitcher of the Year, while Christian Beatty of North Carolina A&T was selected as the Rookie of the Year.
Bethune- Cookman head coach Mervyl Melendez was named the MEAC Coach of the Year. All awards are voted on by the league’s head baseball coaches and sports information directors.
Gamble led the league this season with a .407 batting average in 53 games played. He also topped the MEAC in hits (81), total bases (127) and slugging percentage (.638) and was among the top five in the league in RBI (51), at bats (199), and steal attempts (22).
In addition, he recorded 18 doubles and eight home runs. Gamble has earned three All-MEAC first team honors during his tenure at North Carolina A&T (2005, 2006, 2007) and one All-MEAC second team selection (2004).
Melendez earned his fourth MEAC Coach of the Year accolade after guiding his team to a 16-1 record in conference play and 30-24 record overall. During the season, the Wildcats boasted one of the nation’s longest winning streaks with 15 consecutive victories. Under his tutelage, the Wildcats have won seven conference crowns including six consecutive titles from 1999 through the 2004 seasons.
Receiving the league’s first Pitcher of the Year award, Rodriguez tied a league-high nine wins, six of which occurred against MEAC opponents. He pitched 98.1 innings and started 15 games, striking out 78 batters and only allowing 1.83 walks per game.
Beatty garnered the MEAC’s Rookie of the Year award after tying a league leading 10 home runs. He batted .386 from the plate and recorded five home runs, one triple, four doubles and 15 RBI against MEAC competition.
Overall, he posted two triples, nine doubles and 36 RBI. In addition to the league’s top rookie award, Beatty was also selected to the All-MEAC First Team.
Bethune- Cookman led league honors with five student-athletes on the all-conference team.
Norfolk State had six players and both North Carolina A&T and Florida A&M each had four players. Delaware State finished with three, while Maryland Eastern Shore had one player earn all-conference accolades.