Coppin State Picked To Win the North In MEAC Preseason Poll

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NORFOLK, Va. – In a vote of the league’s nine head coaches and sports information directors, Coppin State’s baseball team was picked to repeat as MEAC North Division Champions, it was announced by the league office Thursday afternoon.  Additionally, five Eagles were named to the Preseason Second team.

Coppin received 13 of 18 first place votes and 66 overall points in the Preseason Poll, finishing ahead of Norfolk State, Delaware State and Maryland Eastern Shore.  The Spartans earned four first place votes with the Hornets also getting one.

Starting pitcher Jahmon Taylor, relief pitcher Corey Treyes, shortstop Derek Lohr, outfielder Marcos Castillo and utility player Carlos Alviarez all were named Second Team All-MEAC at their respective positions.

A senior from Altamonte Springs, Fla., Taylor was a Second Team All-MEAC performer last season after leading the conference with 81 strikeouts and a 2.66 earned run average in 71 innings of work.  Finishing 6-4 overall, Taylor was even more dominant in conference play going 5-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 51.1 innings.  He held MEAC opponents to just a .191 batting average.

The CSU career leader with ten saves in just two years, Treyes set a school-record with eight saves last season, finishing 3-1 with a 4.05 earned run average.  Hailing from West Covina, Calif., Treyes struck out nearly a batter per inning, but in conference play, Treyes went 3-0 with seven saves and a 1.48 ERA to go with 24 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

A sophomore from Bothell, Wash., Lohr was the MEAC Rookie of the Year and a First Team selection last season after winning the MEAC batting title with a .362 average.  Lohr was even better in conference play, hitting a league-high .434 and finished the year with 28 runs, nine doubles, 18 RBI and 22 walks to route to earning Freshman All-America status by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The 2018 Black College Nines Freshman of the Year, Castillo hit .303 with 25 runs, nine doubles, a MEAC-leading five triples, two home runs and 31 RBI.  The Round Rock, Texas product also stole 12 bases, and in conference play finished with a .333 average to go with four doubles, four triples and a team-high .542 slugging percentage.

Earning a starting spot late in his sophomore season, Alviarez ended 2018 with a .302 average to go with 15 runs scored, three doubles and eight RBI.  Accumulating an impressive .415 on-base percentage, Alviarez hit .364 in conference play with a .483 on-base percentage.

The Eagles open their 2019 campaign with a four-game series at Savannah State on February 15-17 before hosting Albany on February 23-24 for three games.

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