North Carolina Central Sports Information
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Accolades are continuing to roll in for the North Carolina Central University baseball program as juniors Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.) and Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.) were both named NCCSIA First Team All-State, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association announced on Monday, June 10.
Joyce receives his third All-State recognition; however, this is the first time he’s been selected for the first team. Joyce recently became the second Eagle to be selected in the MLB draft after Andrew Vernon in 2017, and he is also the highest draftee in program history as he was picked by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round. Joyce finished the 2019 campaign in the top-four of the MEAC in batting (.343), slugging (.527) and on base percentage (.444), and led the league in runs scored with 48. He also finished tied for third in the conference with four triples and tied for fourth with five home runs, and drove in 32 RBI to be ranked in the top-10 in that category. He also captured 12 stolen bases to finish second on the club. Joyce set a new NCCU single-game record against Bethune-Cookman (March 15), when he became the first Eagle to register six hits, going 6-for-6 with a home run and four runs driven in.
Williams earns his first All-State selection after a campaign that culminated in him being named First Team All-MEAC. Williams appeared in all 49 games and started 48, and he finished top-10 in the MEAC in batting (.328) and slugging (.475). He also finished second in total hits with 65 as he eclipsed the NCCU career hit record with a total of 196. He drove in the second-most runs in the league with 42, finished tied for fourth with 14 doubles and five home runs, and accumulated 94 total bases to finish tied for second in the MEAC. He also became just the second Eagle to steal 10 or more bases without being thrown out, as he swiped 14 bases to tie for the team lead with Nick Fajardo (Durham, N.C.). Williams had one of his best games of the year against Savannah State where he went 5-for-5 with six RBI on a home run and a double, and turned that into a stretch where he drove in eight runs in eight plate appearances.
NCCU is one of five schools to have multiple student-athletes on the First Team All-State list, alongside High Point, Western Carolina, Campbell, and Elon.