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Black College Baseball.com Announces Its 2007 Award Winners And Elite Teams
PIKESVILLE, Md. — BlackCollegeBaseball.com has released its fourth Black College Baseball Awards. Candidates were taken from the nineteen Division-I programs which included the MEAC, SWAC, and Independent programs Chicago State and Savannah State University.
The 2007 Coach Of The Year is Bethune Cookman’s head coach Mervyl Melendez. He has earned the award for the second straight year and continues to run the tables on MEAC opponents.
During the regular season, Bethune only lost one conference game and has a two year conference record of 31-1. As a player for Bethune Cookman and as a coach, Melendez has won nine MEAC titles.
BCB’s Player Of The Year award goes to Prairie View A&M shortstop Michael Richard. This is the second straight year the award went to a dominating SWAC shortstop.
Before being drafted in the 11th round in the 2007 MLB draft by Oakland, Richard was named SWAC Player of the Year and Most Outstanding hitter. He also accounted for almost 15% of Prairie View’s run scored.
Pitcher Of The Year honors goes to Norfolk State hurler Luke Foss. Foss finished the season at with a 10-2 record and an amazing 2.28 ERA. Some of his notable wins this season were against Savannah State, Villanova and Seton Hall . Foss was also named to the 2007 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-East Region second team.
For the men and women behind the scenes that usually receive no recognition, SIDs and their baseball contacts are the ones that get the information out.
Bryan Harvey of Bethune-Cookman stayed busy sending press releases and game notes on his 2007 BCB Champion Wildcats. Bryan also helps Wildcat fans stay in touch with their team during games by using Gametracker and by keeping the Wildcat website fresh and current.
The Black College Baseball Elite Teams are comprised of athletes from the Independents, Mid-Continent, MEAC, and SWAC conferences. Bethune-Cookman and Prairie View landed four players on the squad.
Alcorn State was next with three on the Elite Team followed by Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T and Jackson State at two apiece.
The remaining schools had one representative on the BCB Elite Team: Alabama State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Maryland Eastern Shore, Mississippi Valley, Savannah State, and Southern.
C: Lyall Foran, Norfolk State; 1B: Johnathan Stevens, Alabama State; 2B: Shawn Taylor, Alcorn State; SS: Michael Richard, Prairie View A&M; 3B: Charlie Gamble, North Carolina A&T; OF: Marcus Davis, Alcorn State; Joe McIntyre, North Carolina A&T; Angel Mercado, Bethune Cookman; SP: Luke Foss, Norfolk State; Francisco Rodriguez, Bethune-Cookman; SP: Matt Chase, Prairie View A&M; RP: Josh Schmitt, Delaware State.
C: John Keene, Savannah State; 1B: Sean Bard, Mississippi Valley; 2B: Spenser Dennis, Prairie View A&M; SS: Chris Henault, Bethune Cookman; 3B: Chris Stamps, Jackson State; OF: Darryl Evans, Florida A&M; Joel Gonzalez, Maryland Eastern Shore; Anthony Mclin, Jackson State; SP: Wrandal Taylor, Prairie View A&M; Dustin Blackwell, Bethune Cookman; Roydrick Merritt, Southern University; RP: Lee Johnson, Alcorn State.