Norfolk State: Outman, Clark Earn Top MEAC Postseason Honors

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NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State junior left hander Matt Outman was voted the 2015 MEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year, and Spartans’ coach Claudell Clark was selected Coach of the Year as the league office announced its postseason awards and all-conference teams on Monday.

Matt OutmanOutman was NSU’s lone representative on the All-MEAC first team. Right handed pitcher Stephen Butt, first baseman Ryan Kilmon, middle infielder Roger Hall and outfielder Denathan Dukes were named to the second team, giving NSU a MEAC-leading five all-conference selections.

Outman finished the regular season with a MEAC-high eight wins (8-2) and 78 strikeouts in 68.1 innings pitched. Outman has logged a 2.77 earned-run average, third-best in the MEAC. He ranks 29th nationally in wins, 42nd in strikeouts per nine innings (10.27) and 75th in total strikeouts. Outman is now 16-4 in his two seasons at NSU.

Outman is NSU’s first MEAC Pitcher of the Year since his head coach, Clark, won the award in 2000.

Savannah State beats Coppin State in men's basketball 75-53.Clark picked up NSU’s first MEAC Baseball Coach of the Year Award since 2000, when current athletics director Marty Miller earned that distinction. Clark was a junior on that year’s team. Now in his 11th season as NSU’s head coach, Clark led the Spartans (26-14 overall, 19-5 MEAC North) to their first-ever MEAC Northern Division regular-season title. NSU’s 26 overall wins and 19 conference victories are Division I-era school records.

 

 

Stephen Butt

Stephen Butt

Butt, a senior, leads the MEAC with a 2.14 earned run average and has logged a 5-1 record with 58 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched. He was also named MEAC Pitcher of the Week once during the season, following a career-high 13-strikeout performance against UMES in April. Butt ranks 61st in the nation in ERA and 79th in strikeouts per nine innings (9.55).

 

 

 

Ryan KilmonKilmon, a graduate student who transferred from James Madison, is batting .327 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 24 RBI entering this week’s MEAC tournament. Kilmon ranks second among MEAC players with a .450 on-base percentage, is tied for fourth in triples, seventh in slugging percentage (.513) and is ninth in batting.

 

 

Roger Hall

Roger Hall

Hall, a redshirt sophomore, batted .284 with nine doubles, three triples and a team-leading 39 runs batted in during the regular season. He ranks second in the conference in total RBI and first in RBI per game (0.98). Hall, a former walk-on playing his first season of collegiate baseball, was named MEAC Player of the Week once and Rookie of the Week twice during the regular season.

 

 

 

Denathan Dukes

Denathan Dukes

Dukes, a sophomore in his first season as a starter, leads NSU and ranks third in the MEAC with a .357 batting average. NSU’s lead-off hitter, Dukes recorded 33 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, 18 RBI and 11 stolen bases during the regular season. He ranks among the MEAC leaders in runs scored per game (tied for first, 1.0/game), batting, total runs scored (fifth), on-base percentage (sixth, .437) and stolen bases (seventh).

 

 

 

Savannah State’s Charles Sikes was named the MEAC Player of the Year and North Carolina A&T catcher Adan Ordonez was tabbed Rookie of the Year.

 

The Spartans open play in the 2015 MEAC Baseball Championship on Wednesday in Salisbury, Md. NSU plays a 4 p.m. game against the winner of Wednesday’s 9 a.m. game between Bethune-Cookman and Delaware State. All games will be played at Perdue Stadium, home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, a single-A Baltimore Orioles affiliate.

 

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