MEAC Announces Preseason Baseball Honors

By MEAC Media Relations
Updated: February 22, 2009

MEACGREENSBORO, N.C. — The defending MEAC tournament champion Bethune-Cookman Wildcats were predicted to win the 2009 Baseball Championship, as voted on by the league’s head baseball coaches and sports information directors.

Bethune-Cookman finished the 2008 season with a 17-1 MEAC mark and 36-22 overall record. They won their 12th MEAC title and made their ninth appearance in the NCAA post season tournament last season.

The Wildcats return seven key players from last year’s championship team including 2008 MEAC Pitcher of the Year Hiram Burgos.

Florida A&M was picked to finish in second place following an 11-7 conference record and 20-22 overall mark. Tim Jones, the 2008 MEAC Rookie of the Year, is one of six starters returning from last year’s team.

North Carolina A&T was chosen to finish third in conference standings. The Aggies were 11-6 in MEAC play and 29-30 overall. Delaware State (11-7, 16-33) and Norfolk State (7-10, 25-24) were predicted to finish fourth and fifth in the standings, respectively.

The MEAC baseball season began this weekend with all seven conference teams in action. The 2009 MEAC Baseball Championship tournament is scheduled for May 14-17, at the Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona Beach , Florida .

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2009 Preseason Baseball Predictions As voted on by the leagues head coaches and sports information directors

Team Points MEAC Overall

1. Bethune-Cookman 196 17-1 36-22

2. Florida A&M 114 11-7 20-22

3. North Carolina A&T 108 11-6 29-30 4. Delaware State 104 11-7 16-33 5. Norfolk State 98 7-10 25-24 6. Maryland E. Shore 56 4-12 6-50

7. Coppin State 24 0-18 4-52