Norfolk State Alsander Womack Selected MEAC Preseason Baseball Player of The Year 




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NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State junior infielder Alsander Womack was voted the MEAC Preseason Baseball Player of the Year and led three Spartans named to the preseason all-conference teams, the league office announced Thursday.

The Spartans were also picked to finish third in the preseason poll of MEAC head baseball coaches and sports information directors.

Womack is coming off a 2019 season in which he was a first-team All-MEAC selection after batting .377, good for 31st in the nation. His 1.5 hits per game ranked 28th nationally. In 42 games, Womack doubled 10 times, homered three times and drove in 31 runs, with a .441 on-base percentage and a .503 slugging percentage. He also had more walks (19) than strikeouts (16) during his sophomore campaign.

Womack was joined on the preseason All-MEAC first team by Spartan senior outfielder Caleb Ward. Senior first baseman Stephen Baughan was voted to the preseason All-MEAC second team.

Ward was a second-team All-MEAC pick and a third-team academic All-American as a junior in 2019. Ward, who was also a MEAC All-Tournament Team selection, started all 50 games and batted .290 with five homers, 12 doubles and a team-high 44 runs batted in. He finished second in the MEAC in RBIs.

Baughan was a second-team All-MEAC selection following the 2019 campaign. He tied with Ward for the team-lead with five home runs and led the MEAC with 22 doubles, tied for the second-most in a season in school history. Baughan batted .314 with a .560 slugging percentage while ranking fifth in the nation in doubles per game.

North Carolina A&T was picked to win the MEAC in the preseason poll. The Aggies received nine first-place votes. Defending MEAC champion Florida A&M, which is ineligible for the MEAC title this year, was picked second and had three first-place votes. NSU was voted third and Bethune-Cookman fourth, and both squads earned one first-place vote. North Carolina Central, Coppin State, Delaware State and Maryland Eastern Shore round out the preseason poll.

For the first time since 2011, MEAC baseball no longer has a North and South divisional split. The eight baseball-playing MEAC institutions will play a round-robin schedule in 2020.

The Spartans, coming off a 24-26 season that included a MEAC Northern Division title and runner-up finish in the conference tournament, open the 2020 season by hosting a three-game series with Wagner from Feb. 14-16 at Marty L. Miller Field.

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