MEAC Sports Media
NORFOLK, Va. – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has announced the seedings for the 2019 Baseball Championship. Norfolk State has claimed the top seed out of the Northern Division, while North Carolina A&T State will be the top seed out of the Southern Division.
The 2019 MEAC Baseball Championship will be held Wednesday-Saturday, May 15-18, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Norfolk State won the Northern Division for the fourth time in the last five years, going 17-7 in league play and winning 10 of its last 12 conference games – including a late-season series win over Coppin State. The Spartans will be in search of their first MEAC baseball title.
Coppin State, the preseason favorite and the 2018 Northern Division champion, will be the North’s No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament after going 15-9 in conference play. The Eagles have won a program-record 24 games overall this season.
Delaware State, at 12-12 in MEAC pay, earned the division’s No. 3 seed.
In the Southern Division, defending champion North Carolina A&T State claimed the top spot this past weekend by taking two out of three games from Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Fla. – including a doubleheader sweep on Saturday in the regular-season finale. The Aggies, who went 16-8 in MEAC play, won four of six games this season against the Rattlers.
FAMU went 14-10 in MEAC play this season to take the No. 2 seed, and Savannah State wound up with the No. 3 seed, earning the bid in a three-way tiebreaker over Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central. All three teams went 10-14 in MEAC play this season, but the Tigers had the best head-to-head winning percentage among the tied teams.
Only the top three teams in each division compete in the double-elimination tournament. Maryland Eastern Shore out of the Northern Division, as well as Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central out of the Southern Division, were eliminated.
The 2019 MEAC Baseball Championship will begin on Wednesday at 12 p.m. with South No. 2 Florida A&M taking on North No. 3 Delaware State. That will be followed at 3:30 p.m. by a game pitting North No. 2 Coppin State and South No. 3 Savannah State.
The losers of those two games will square off at 7 p.m. in an elimination game. Wednesday’s winners will advance to Thursday to take on the top seeds, both of which earned byes and will not play on Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday will also feature three games each at 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday’s championship game will begin at 1 p.m., with an if-necessary game taking place later that afternoon should the team out of the elimination bracket win the first game.
Saturday’s championship game(s) will be streamed live on FloSports.
The tournament champion will earn the MEAC’s automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, which will begin with regional play. The selection show will air on Monday, May 27 at 12 p.m. on ESPNU.