HBCU 2015 Baseball Weekly Awards 4/14/2015



Norfolk State Baseball News: Spartans Sweep Weekly MEAC Awards

MEAC Media

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State baseball players swept the weekly MEAC awards Monday, one day after completing their third straight weekend sweep of a conference opponent.

Sophomore outfielder Denathan Dukes was named MEAC Player of the Week, senior pitcher Stephen Butt was tabbed Pitcher of the Week and sophomore infielder Roger Hall was chosen as Rookie of the Week.

Dukes hit .545 (6-for-11) with an on-base percentage of .615 as the Spartans swept a three-game series from Maryland Eastern Shore to take over the top spot in the MEAC’s Northern Division. Dukes, the NSU lead-off hitter, scored five runs and also had a stolen base and an outfield assist at home plate over the weekend. Dukes is the MEAC’s leading hitter at the weekend’s games with a .408 average. He also is tied for the MEAC lead with 25 runs scored. This is his first career weekly MEAC award.

Denathan Dukes

Denathan Dukes

Butt had his best outing as a Spartan in Sunday’s 5-3 win over UMES. He pitched eight-plus innings, struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed just three hits and one run. He did not allow a hit through the first 4.1 innings and left after giving up a single to begin the ninth inning, holding a 5-0 lead.

This is Butt’s second career MEAC Pitcher of the Week award and first of the season. He is fifth in the MEAC with a 2.67 ERA. Butt, in his second year on the squad, is 2-1 on the year with 38 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched.

Stephen Butt

Stephen Butt

Hall earned a weekly conference award for the second straight week. One week after earning Player of the Week accolades, the first-year sophomore walk-on infielder earned rookie honors for his performance against UMES. Hall went 3-for-9 (.333) with four RBI in the UMES series. He had at least one RBI in all three games, including an RBI single to account for the game’s only run in the series opener.

Hall currently ranks sixth in the MEAC with a .347 batting average. He leads all conference players with 29 runs batted in.

Roger Hall

Roger Hall

The three Spartans have helped NSU surge to the top of the conference’s Northern Division standings with a 12-3 MEAC mark and 15-10 overall record. The Spartans have won nine straight games, the program’s longest winning streak in the Division I era and longest since the 1995 team won a school-record 22 in a row.

NSU is back in action this Saturday and Sunday at Coppin State.


Baseball Players of the Week Announced: Week 9

Courtesy: SWAC.org

Release: 04/14/2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama State University saw two Hornets earn Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball weekly honors for the fourth time this season.  Cesar Rivera (Loiza, P.R./Bethune Cookman) and Tyler Howe (Chuluota, Fla./Lakeland) were named player and co-pitcher of the week, respectively.  Alabama A&M University’s Josh Burchell (Killen, Ala.) shared the co-pitcher of the week honor with Howe.

Player of the Week – Cesar Rivera (Alabama State)

Cesar Rivera

This is Rivera’s second time garnering the honor this season.  He hit .579 with eight runs scored, four doubles, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI as the Hornets won all four games last week.  Rivera had at least two hits in each game.  For the week he had a .636 on-base percentage and a 1.211 slugging percentage.

Co-Pitcher of the Week – Tyler Howe (Alabama State)

Tyler Howe

This is Howe’s first weekly honor.  The righty earned his first win of the season over Jacksonville State after throwing 7.1 innings and striking out six.  He only allowed just one earned run as the Hornets went on to win 10-1.

Co-Pitcher of the Week – Josh Burchell (Alabama A&M)

This is Burchell’s first weekly honor this season.  The junior pitched a complete game shutout in the Bulldogs 10-0 win over Alcorn State (April 10).  Burchell struck out seven and only walked three of the 30 batters he faced.


CIAA Baseball Players of The Week

Des Roberts, Winston-Salem State

Des Roberts

Roberts had a great week for the Rams, hitting .438 with seven hits, three doubles and six runs batted in. Roberts also had a stolen base in WSSU’s 5-0 week.

Offensive Player of The Week

Jacob Barber, Winston-Salem State

Jacob Barber

Barber had a great week at the plate for the Rams, hitting .357 with five hits, one double, one home runs and eight runs batted in in the Rams 5-0 week.

Defensive Player of The Week

Taylor Idol, Winston-Salem State

Jacob Barber

Idol had a solid week defensively with a 1.000 fielding percentage. He had 15 total chances with seven putouts and eight assists, while also combining in three double plays. he also hit .583 with seven hits, two doubles and five runs batted in.




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