Cats Place Five on Preseason MEAC Baseball Team

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NORFOLK, Va. – Bethune-Cookman Baseball placed five student-athletes on the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Baseball Team, announced Friday morning by the league office in Norfolk, Virginia. As a team, the Wildcats were predicted to finish second in the southern division.

All preseason honors were voted on by the conference’s head baseball coaches and sports information directors.

The representatives on this year’s team from Bethune-Cookman include Clint Clymer (RP), Demetrius Sims (SS) and Nathan Bond (OF) on the first team, while Alex Seibold (SP) and Jameel Edney (3B) were selected to the second team, respectfully.

Clymer, a 6-2, 235-pound right-hand senior pitcher from Ormond Beach, Florida, was a 2015 MEAC First Team member as a relief pitcher. He led the league in saves (8), while seeing action in 27 games out of the bullpen. He garnered a 3.98 ERA in 40.2 innings, adding 32 strikeouts in the process.

Sims played primarily as the starting shortstop for the Wildcats as a redshirt freshman in 2015. The 6-2, 200-pound sophomore native of Ann Arbor, Michigan finished the year as the team’s third-leading hitter for average, using a .283 mark on the campaign. He played and started in 52 games, scoring a team-best 35 runs. He also collected a team third-most 52 hits, adding eight doubles and a triple to go along with pounding out 15 RBI. His fielding percentage for the season was .933, the highest of any freshman at shortstop in the MEAC.

Senior outfield Nathan Bond, a 6-2, 195-pounder rising senior that saw time in all areas of the outfield in 2015, finished as a member of the 2015 All-MEAC Second Team. Coming into the B-CU program in the fall from nearby Daytona State, Bond led the Wildcats at the plate on the campaign with a .326 batting average. He played and started in 58-of-59 games for the Maroon and Gold. He would lead the Cats in hits (70), walks (27), tied for the lead in doubles (11) and sacrifice flies (6). That includes a .391 slugging percentage, adding 30 runs and driving in an additional 23 runs.

On the MEAC Second Team was starting pitcher Alex Seibold. The 6-4, 220-pound senior is expected to challenge for the Friday night position this year in the Wildcats rotation of pitchers. He recorded a 5-5 mark in his first season after transferring into the program. He held a 5.05 earned run average, making 167 appearances and 14 starts on the hill. He tossed 67.2 innings, respectfully, amassing a team-best 58 strikeouts in serving as the number two starter for much of the season.

The final Wildcat named to the MEAC Preseason Team is third baseman Jameel Edney. A 5-8, 165-pound native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Edney produced a batting average of .277 in his freshman year in 2015. He played in 44 games, adding 40 starts in the pro9cess. He would score 24 runs on the strength of 41 hits, adding a team-high matching 11 doubles, with a team-high tying three triples and 26 RBI. Edney would also finish the year with a .392 slugging percentage, while producing six sacrifice flies and two stolen bases. In the field, he logged a .931 field percentage with 54 putouts and 94 assists.

The Norfolk State Spartans and Florida A&M Rattlers were predicted to win the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) baseball northern and southern divisions, respectively.

Norfolk State was the 2015 MEAC northern division champions. The Spartans finished the season with a 27-16 overall record and 19-5 MEAC mark.

Delaware State was picked to finish second, followed by Maryland Eastern Shore and Coppin State to round out the northern division.

Defending MEAC Baseball Tournament Champion, the Florida A&M Rattlers, posted a 23-25 record and a 15-9 MEAC mark last season to secure the southern divisional title.

Bethune-Cookman was chosen second, followed by Savannah State, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T State.

The 2016 MEAC Baseball Championship tournament is scheduled for May 19-22, 2016 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.

 

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