Three North Carolina Central Baseball Eagles Earn National Acclaim

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Three North Carolina Central University baseball student-athletes have earned national recognition as Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.), Jake Raby (Granite Falls, N.C.) and Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.) have been named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team, announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The trio joins Carlos Ortiz (Cleveland, Ohio) as Eagles who have earned the country-wide distinction.  Ortiz was placed on the list in 2014 after also being named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

With three student-athletes on the list, NCCU is the most represented program along with five others: LSU, Mississippi, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Oregon.

“It’s an unprecedented honor for a MEAC school to have three freshmen named All-American,” head coach Jim Koerner said.  “It’s a credit to the talent that these young men possess and the work that they have put in to develop it.  We are very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to the next several years.”

Joyce became just the second Eagle to be named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after Ortiz earned the honor in 2014.  Joyce was also a First Team All-MEAC selection, Black College Nines Large School First Team member, and a two-time MEAC Rookie of the Week honoree.  He hit .344 this season and drove in a team-high 43 RBI with 11 doubles, a team-high three triples, and tied for the team lead with five home runs.  Joyce was also in the top-10 of the MEAC in batting average, and top-five in in RBI, home runs and hits with 65.  He had the team’s highest slugging percentage at .513 with 97 total bases and an on base percentage of .417.

Williams was a Second Team All-MEAC selection after he broke the NCCU modern era single-season hit record with 72 hits, which is the most in the league.  He was also a two-time MEAC weekly award recipient as he was named both Rookie and Player of the Week during the campaign.  Williams was also top-10 in batting average at .351 and in on base percentage with a mark of .427.  He knocked 14 doubles in his rookie campaign and touched home 42 times from the leadoff spot.  He also swatted a pair of home runs along with 14 doubles and a triple, and generated 26 RBI.

Raby was named Third Team All-MEAC and was also named MEAC Rookie of the Week twice during the season.  He finished third on the team and top-10 in the MEAC in RBI with 31, and he also finished fifth in the league with 12 doubles.  Raby batted .295 and slugged .418 with an on base percentage of .367 with 19 walks.  Raby had 10 multi-hit games and a five-game hitting streak, and he also reached base seven consecutive games during the season.

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