Black College Nines Who’s Hot in Historically Black College and University (HBCU) baseball week eight – we continue our season long look at the players and pitchers and recognize their outstanding week and weekend action on the field.
HBCU Large School Division
Florida A&M University – FAMU had a 1-3 week losing a mid-week contest to Alabama State, a conference defeat two out of three to North Carolina Central but one Rattler did well helping end a season high four-game losing streak.
Position Player – Aubrey McCarty (Junior OF) Had a big day at the plate and on the mound in Sunday’s game against North Carolina Central. In Sunday’s win McCarty was four for five with 7 runs batted in. On the mound, he allowed 2 runs in 4.1 innings pitched. Also for the week, .500 batting average, 16 at bats, scored 6 runs, 8 hits, 7 runs batted in 3 doubles, 2 home runs with a 1.063 slugging percentage and a .556 on base percentage.
University Maryland Eastern Shore – Ended a 10 game losing streak this weekend by defeating Delaware State University as two players’ plate and mound performance sparked the win.
Position Player – Ryan Rotondo (Sophomore 3B) His plate performance broke a 10 game skid. During the week Rotondo hit .412, 12 at bats, 7 hits, 1 run batted in. Raised his average from .295 to .316 on the season. Scored 2 of the teams 8 runs in the 8-1 win.
Pitcher – Zach Mills (Sophomore RHP) In UMES 8-1 win, Mills, 7.0 innings pitched, allowed 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs and 11 strikeouts. Retired the first 10 batters he faced and struck out five of the first six Delaware State Hornets he faced. Mills’ win helped the Hawks pull within a game of third place in the Northern Division of the MEAC conference.
HBCU Small School Division
Jarvis Christian College – The Bulldogs, for the week went 4-0 including a Red River Athletic Conference sweep of Our Lady Of The Lakes University to improve 22-18 overall, 10-5 in conference.
Position Player – Carlos Andrade (Senior 1B) Weekend series 4-13, 6 runs batted in, 5 runs, 2 home runs, 2 doubles became the all time leader in home runs in school history.
Pitcher – Joseph Lyall (Junior RHP) 8 innings pitched, 5 hits, 5 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts defeating Our Lady of The Lakes 6-5. Lyall became 2nd in country in wins with 8, leads conference in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts.