Coppin State Sports Information
DURHAM, N.C. – In its 2019 MEAC Preview, Baseball America has selected Coppin State’s Derek Lohr as its Preseason Player of the Year, the publication announced on Friday morning. Additionally, Baseball America picked the Eagles to win the MEAC Tournament and go on to NCAA Regionals where it will in a field with Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and Oregon.
A sophomore from Bothell, Wash., Lohr won the MEAC batting title in 2018 with a .362 batting average en route to being named the league’s Rookie of the Year and a First Team selection at shortstop. Lohr was later named a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American after finishing the year with 28 runs scored, nine doubles, 18 RBI, 22 walks and a .451 on-base percentage.
Lohr was even better in conference action, hitting at a .434 clip with six doubles and 13 RBI, accumulating a .513 slugging percentage and .527 on-base percentage.
This is one of many preseason accolades to come Lohr’s way in the last month. Lohr was named one of the MEAC’s top prospects for the 2020 MLB Draft by D1baseball.com, and he also Top Player recognition by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and First Team All-Elite by Black College Nines. Earlier this week, Lohr was named Second team Preseason All-MEAC.
Finally, outfielder Matt Day was projected as the league’s Freshman of the Year.
Lohr and the Eagles take the field to open the 2019 season on February 15-17 for a four-game series at Savannah State. Coppin will host Albany for a three-game set on February 23-24.
To Read the MEAC Preview, click here.
To see the projected NCAA Tournament Field, click here.