Norfolk State Spartans Named Preseason All-MEAC, NSU Picked 2nd In North




Norfolk State Sports Information


NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State baseball players Stephen Baughan, Justin Hayes, Chase Anderson and Alsander Womack were voted to the preseason All-MEAC baseball teams, and the Spartans were picked to finish second in the Northern Division as the conference released its preseason predictions Thursday.

Baughan (utility) and Hayes (outfield) were selected to the preseason All-MEAC first team, while Anderson (starting pitcher) and Womack (second base) were picked to the second team. As a team, the Spartans received four first-place votes in the preseason poll of league head baseball coaches and sports information directors.

Baughan, now a junior, led the MEAC and set a new NSU single-season Division I record with nine home runs last season, when he was a second-team VaSID All-State University Division selection. Baughan hit .259 with 10 doubles, 30 runs batted in and 28 runs scored while serving primarily as the Spartans’ designated hitter last season.

Hayes was a first-team All-MEAC and all-state selection and was voted to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-East Region second team last year as a junior. He led the MEAC with 28 stolen bases and ranked seventh nationally in steals per game. His .347 batting average ranked third in the MEAC, and his .438 on-base percentage was fifth-best. He hit eight doubles, one homer and scored a team-high 35 runs.

Anderson, a senior right hander, is a two-time All-MEAC postseason selection. He earned third-team honors last year and second-team accolades as a sophomore in 2017. NSU’s No. 1 weekend starter in 2018, Anderson compiled a 7-5 record and a 3.12 earned-run average in 16 appearances, 14 of them starts. He led the MEAC in innings pitched (98), tied for second in wins, ranked fourth in ERA and was fourth in strikeouts (78).

Womack, a sophomore, burst onto the scene with a stellar rookie campaign in 2018. He earned Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America honors after batting .314 with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs, a team-high 31 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases. He ranked among the MEAC’s top 15 in doubles (sixth), slugging percentage (eighth, .486), total bases (ninth, 90) and batting (15th). He was a four-time MEAC Rookie of the Week selection.

The Spartans placed second in the MEAC North last year with a 13-10 conference mark, and voters picked NSU to finish in the same spot this season behind defending divisional champion Coppin State, which had 13 first-place votes. Delaware State (one first-place vote) was picked third and Maryland Eastern Shore was voted fourth.

Defending MEAC champion North Carolina A&T was picked to finish atop the Southern Division once again, followed by Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, North Carolina Central and Savannah State.

NSU opens the 2019 season with a three-game series at James Madison Feb. 15-17.

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