Two North Carolina Central Eagles Have Been Named Preseason All-MEAC

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NORFOLK, Va. – Two North Carolina Central University baseball student-athletes have been named preseason All-MEAC, as senior outfielder Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.) was voted to the First Team, and sophomore pitcher Ryan Miller (Blandon, Pa.) was voted to the Second Team by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s head coaches and sports information directors, the league office announced on Thursday, Feb. 6.

Williams earned First Team All-MEAC honors in 2019 after batting .328 with a team-high 65 hits, tied for the third-most in a single season in the modern era at NCCU.  He also slugged .475 with 14 doubles and five home runs, and led the team with 42 RBI to tie for fifth-most in a single season at NCCU in the modern era.  Over the summer, Williams competed in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) with the Valley Blue Sox, and hit .353 with an impressive .441 on-base percentage and .841 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.  Entering his senior year, Williams is NCCU’s modern era career hit leader with 196 hits, and is 77 hits away from breaking the MEAC’s all-time hit record.

 

Miller burst onto the scene by throwing 11 strikeouts in his first career appearance against Canisius, and became the third Eagle to be named MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2019.  He won a team-best six games and finished third in the league with a 3.15 ERA over a staff-high 12 starts.  He also finished third in the conference in wins, and tied for first in walks allowed with 13.  Miller finished his freshman season ranked 23rd in NCAA Division I with a 5.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and had the second-lowest walks-per-nine innings (BB/9) in a single season at NCCU in the modern era at 1.64.

NCCU as a team was voted to finish fifth in the league with 70 points.

NCCU will open the 2020 season at home with a three-game series against Radford that starts on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Durham Athletic Park.

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