Coppin State Sports Information
TUCSON, Ariz. – Coppin State’s Justin Banks was named the MEAC Baseball Projected Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, it was announced by the latest publication earlier this month.
A senior first baseman from Fairfield, Calif., Banks was a First Team All-MEAC selection in 2019 after leading the conference in hitting (.394), slugging (.588) and on-base percentage (.493) while also leading the league in the same categories during conference play. Banks ranked among the Nation’s best in several categories, finishing 16th in batting average and 20th in on-base percentage.
Leading Coppin to a school-record 24 games last year, Banks also finished second in the MEAC in doubles (17), and 3rd in both RBI (44) and total bases (97). Banks also recorded 22 multi-hit games with six games with at least three hits. He also accumulated ten multi-RBI games while driving in four or more on three separate occasions.
The newspaper also conducted a preseason poll which projected CSU to finish second in the Northern Division behind Norfolk State and ahead of Delaware State and Maryland Eastern Shore. Additionally, seniors Aaron Rea (P) and Corey Treyes (P/INF), along with juniors Conner Walker (C) and Marcos Castillo (OF) were named as ‘Other Top Players to Watch.’
The Eagles open the 2020 season with ten-straight road games, starting with a three-game series against The Citadel on February 14-16. Friday’s game starts at 4 PM, followed by a 2 pm first pitch on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday.