Three North Carolina Central Baseball Student-Athletes Earn Black College Nines Elite Team Recognition




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DURHAM, N.C. – Although the season was cut short, three North Carolina Central University student-athletes shined during the campaign as both Luis DeLeon (Providence, R.I.) and Vinny Bailey (Raleigh, N.C.) were named to the Large School Division Elite Team First Team, and Colin Smith (High Point, N.C.) was listed to the Second Team by Black College Nines, the organization announced on Thursday, March 26.

DeLeon was one of the most prodigious run producers in all of NCAA Division I as he led the MEAC and was ranked eighth in the nation in runs batted in with 24.  He also ranked second in the conference in batting average (.393), slugging percentage (.689), and on-base percentage (.500).  Along with that, DeLeon led the league in home runs with four, hits with 24, runs scored with 15, and total bases with 42, and placed second with six doubles.  DeLeon also swiped six bases, and earned a pair of MEAC Player of the Week awards during the season.  Notably, he strung together an impressive 13-game hitting streak.

Bailey also ranked top-10 in multiple categories in the MEAC, as he marked a .345 batting average, .473 slugging percentage, and .446 on-base percentage.  He also finished fourth in RBI with 11, sixth in hits with 19, and eighth in total bases with 26.  Bailey had a pair of standout games at the dish, including a four-hit game at High Point on Feb. 25, and a three-RBI game against Saint Joseph’s with a two-run home run on March 1.

Smith made a strong impression in limited time behind the plate in his freshman year, and had his breakout in the final game of the season at Longwood when he went 3-for-5 with four RBI.  He batted .316 with six hits and one double, and slugged .368 with a .381 on-base percentage.  Smith was also an active runner as he recorded a stolen base, and defensively he made 45 putouts with four assists.

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