North Carolina Central University Senior Salute: Baseball




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DURHAM, N.C. – The 2020 North Carolina Central University baseball season was cut short due to the coronavirus; however, the NCCU Department of Athletics recognizes the senior student-athletes for their accomplishments during the career, even though there will not be a traditional senior day.

This year, the baseball program recognizes 11 Eagles who have made impacts on and off the field during their tenure.

This year’s seniors are: Vinny Bailey, Brendan Bell, Myles Coston, Ryan Decker, Tim Fischvogt, Tom Guglielmello, Trey Maslin, Brad Mize, Tyler Penner, Jacob Raby, and Carter Williams.

Bailey transferred to NCCU as a junior from Louisburg College, and started all 63 games he appeared in as an Eagle. He batted .315 with 69 total hits, and slugged .470 with 42 RBI, 11 doubles, one triple and seven home runs. He also was patient at the plate and collected a .434 on-base percentage with 35 walks. Defensively, the first baseman ranks in the top-10 at NCCU with a .975 career fielding percentage, and 33 double plays turned. When the season was suspended, Bailey ranked top-10 in the MEAC in multiple categories, with a .345 batting average, .473 slugging percentage, and .446 on-base percentage, along with 19 hits, 11 RBI, and 26 total bases.

After graduation, the Raleigh, North Carolina, native plans to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. His favorite moment while playing at NCCU was when the Eagles hosted nationally-ranked and undefeated NC State at the Durham Athletic Park, where he went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI on March 6, 2019.

Bell has been an Eagle for two seasons after transferring from Murray State College. He made 27 appearances with eight starts over his career, and tossed 62.1 innings. He has the second-lowest career ERA at NCCU in the modern era with a 3.61 mark, and the sixth-lowest opposing batting average at .246. At the suspension of the campaign, Bell led the league with three saves.

After graduation, Bell plans to continue playing baseball before transitioning into coaching. The righty hurler from Arlington, Texas, says his favorite moment was getting out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout in the top of the seventh to keep the lead against NC State on March 6, 2019.

Coston played two seasons in maroon and gray after starting his career at Los Medanos College, and made 49 appearances with 46 starts at NCCU. He knocked 35 hits with five doubles and three home runs for 19 RBI, and walked 25 times during his time as an Eagle. Coston is also the most recent Eagle to hit a grand slam, as he swept the bases clear against Longwood on April 16, 2019 to help NCCU to a win.

Hailing from Pittsburg, California, Coston was also a two-way player for the Eagles as he made six appearances on the mound with one start. He nailed down his first career save on March 31, 2019 as he pitched the final inning and finished the outing with a strikeout. Coston was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and his favorite moment was when the Eagles walked off against FAMU after a bases-loaded single from Bailey to win the game, and the series, 9-8, on March 30, 2019. After graduation, he plans to move back to California and begin his career.

Decker is one of the five graduating Eagles who joined as a freshman. He made 62 appearances with one start on the mound, and pitched a total of 68.2 innings. As a reliever, Decker left a mark on the career history books, as he ranks top-10 at NCCU in fewest walks allowed per nine innings at 3.15, and has the fifth-most career appearances with 62, including a single-season record 29 during the 2019 campaign. He also recorded four saves during the 2019 run, and has 39 strikeouts in his career. He is also one of two Eagles to be involved in multiple combined shutouts in a career with two under his belt.

The Fletcher, North Carolina, native also had six career plate appearances, and went 4-for-5 with two RBI, three runs scored, and two walks in his sophomore year. After graduation, Decker plans to attend physical therapy school. He says his favorite moment was when the Eagles walked off in both halves of a doubleheader with Navy to open the 2017 season in his freshman year.

Fischvogt played 100 games with 78 starts as an Eagle, and he established himself as a reliable catcher during his four-year career. He has the fourth-highest career fielding percentage at .984, which is also the second-highest for an Eagle catcher. Behind the plate he has the fifth-most career putouts at NCCU with 621, and the fourth-most runners caught stealing with 26.

Fischvogt, a resident of Kernersville, North Carolina, knocked 58 hits over his career, and slugged two home runs in 2018, which is the same season he slapped five hits against Iona to tie what was then a single-game record at NCCU. After graduation, he plans to open a distillery. His favorite moment was when the Eagles traveled to play George Washington, and he got to visit Arlington National Cemetery and see Washington, D.C. and bond with his teammates.

Guglielmello transferred to NCCU as a junior from Pasco Hernando College, and as an Eagle he made 16 appearances with two starts. He tossed a total of 27.1 innings with 27 strikeouts, including back-to-back appearances with five strikeouts in 2019 against Longwood and Norfolk State.

Guglielmello, who is from Land O’ Lakes, Florida, plans to become an entrepreneur after graduation and says his favorite moment was sweeping Florida A&M in Durham during the 2019 season.

Maslin played two seasons at NCCU after transferring from Walters State, and started all 54 games he appeared in. He was highly productive in his first year as an Eagle in 2019, as he drove in 37 RBI, the 10th-most in a single season at NCCU. Over his career, he knocked 53 hits with eight doubles and 43 RBI, batted .272 with a .313 slugging percentage, and walked 18 times for a .383 on-base percentage. Maslin, a Franklin, North Carolina, native majored in business at NCCU.

Mize transferred to NCCU as a junior after playing two seasons at Wake Tech, and has appeared in 21 games with two starts as an Eagle. In limited action during the 2018 season, he knocked a pair of doubles with three RBI to slug .417 and collected four walks for a .471 on-base percentage. As an outfielder, he has a career .909 fielding percentage.

Mize, who hails from Oxford, North Carolina, plans to continue working as associate general manager of the North Carolina Amateur Baseball Club collegiate summer team after finishing his master’s degree in public administration. His favorite moment was enjoying a rain delay dance-off with Bethune-Cookman on the road in 2018.

Penner joined the Eagles as a freshman, and made 22 appearances with six starts on the mound. He tossed 40.0 innings over three seasons, and made a career-high 12 appearances with two starts as a freshman in 2017, and was involved in a combined shutout. He also registered a career-high 11 strikeouts in his freshman campaign, and totaled 28 punchouts during his tenure.

After graduation, the Weddington, North Carolina, native plans to become a firefighter. Penner says his favorite moment as an Eagle was hosting Navy as a freshman during opening weekend in 2017.

Raby made 118 appearances with 100 starts during a four-year career, and knocked 75 hits with 18 doubles, one triple and three home runs for 49 career RBI. He had an exceptional freshman year in 2017, as he batted .295, and slugged .418 with 31 RBI on his way to earning Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honors to become one of just five Eagles all-time to earn the distinction. Among freshman at NCCU, his batting average and slugging percentage rank top-10 all-time, and he knocked 12 doubles to tally the second-most for a rookie Eagle.

Raby, a product of Granite Falls, North Carolina, is a member of Rho Phi Lambda honors society, and plans to continue his education at NCCU to get a master’s degree in sports management. He says his favorite moment at NCCU was having a successful first year and being named a Freshman All-American alongside his roommates, Corey Joyce and Williams.

Williams will leave NCCU as the Eagles’ all-time career hit leader with 208 over a four-year career, and he also holds the single-season hit record with 72 in his freshman year. Williams was also named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American as he batted .351 with 14 doubles, one triple and two home runs to drive in 26 RBI from the leadoff spot, and also slugged .459 with a .427 on-base percentage. He has the fourth-highest career batting average a .329, fourth-highest career slugging percentage at .477, and fourth-highest career on-base percentage at .410. Williams also used his speed to his advantage as he swiped the fifth-most career bases at NCCU with 41, and was successful on his last 22 attempts, consecutively.

A Brown Summit, North Carolina, native, Williams is also top-10 all-time in the MEAC in career hits, doubles with 43, and total bases with 302. After graduation, he plans to continue his baseball career and also pursue a career in fitness and wellness, before becoming a coach. His favorite moment was walking off in both ends of a doubleheader against Navy to open the 2017 season during his freshman year.

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