Full Slate of HBCU Baseball – Large School Opening Weekend 2019

After a record setting 2018 campaign for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), hopes are high in both conference races in 2019. Last years’ finishes for each team is out the window. The college baseball preseason polls are out and there are high expectations for HBCU Baseball large school programs once again. There is plenty to watch this season.

The HBCU baseball large school division season begins this weekend February 15-17. A slate of non-conference and conference match-ups begins the weekend action which includes the Andre Dawson Classic with Alcorn State and Prairie View A&M kicking off the NCAA Division I collegiate baseball season. This year’s tournament opens the season in New Orleans for seven Division I baseball programs from the (SWAC) including one team from the (MEAC) that will highlight opening weekend. Now all of HBCU baseball is in full action with the momentum to get things rolling out of the gate, but here are eleven things that we are really excited for in 2019.

One opening weekend matchup to be excited?

Florida A&M from the MEAC playing in the Andre Dawson Classic against the SWAC. This is a long time coming.

Which team will reign supreme in HBCU Baseball 2019?

Last season, North Carolina A&T and Texas Southern made the NCAA tournament. Both should be right back in the hunt, but there could be a surprise lurking in the midst…Last season Grambling was knocking on the door….Last season Coppin State was knocking on the door. Watch the Coppin Eagles.

Which team will reign supreme in the SWAC?

Jackson State if they don’t die out at the end of the season. Still watch Michael Robertson’s Texas Southern Tigers.

Who will win a stacked SWAC Eastern Division?

Alabama State they have plenty of pieces to compete, especially on the Hill. Alcorn State I’ve been told freshman have made some exciting progress. If they can make the impact, watch out.

Will Maryland Eastern Shore climb out of the celler?

Last season was a step backwards and a restructuring season was fair for this year, but I have heard they just might suprise the division.

Is the Southern Division the best in the MEAC.

If you think about it, yes, but you can never rule out pitching in the MEAC. Seems like the arms race in the conference is within the South Division unless you’re a Coppin State fan.

Can Coppin State win a second MEAC Northern title?

Coppin State won the Northern Division last season for the first time since 1996 and is expected to repeat in 2019.

What’s going on in the SWAC West?

Head coach James Cooper has Grambling State primed to win a West Division title? That blowout in last years conference finals from Texas Southern is fresh but the Tigers will have to battle. They also have a wealth of experienced and very talented player back in Rafael Ramirez. Grambling my pick to click in 2019.

Will Texas Southern make a third straight SWAC Championship/NCAA Regional appearance?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Head coach Robertson is a second half coach. Until someone knocks them off, I will not count them out.

Can North Carolina A&T make back to back MEAC Championship/Regional appearances?

My gut feeling Bethune Cookman has a new coach with juniors from that 2017 team that was a miscue away from upsetting the national champion Florida Gators, plus first year head coach Jonathan Hernandez has a star-studded cast of three returning regulars on the mound. The Wildcats will feature 2 time MEAC Pitcher of the Year, Junior RHP Anthony Maldonado as the ace, returning from injury redshirt Sophomore RHP Brady Norris, and Senior RHP Tyler Krull will round out the weekend pitching rotation. North Carolina A&T, the Aggies had one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Norfolk State had one of the best in HBCU Baseball.

What’s in store for 2019? Follow Black College Nines coverage of HBCU Baseball the entire season…

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Norfolk State v. James Madison 3 p.m. Harrisonburg, Va.
Niagara v. North Carolina A&T State 3 p.m. Greensboro, N.C.
Maryland Eastern Shore v. Longwood 3 p.m. Farmville, Va.
Canisius v. North Carolina Central 4 p.m. Durham, N.C.
Coppin State v. Savannah State 5 p.m. Savannah, Ga.
Bethune-Cookman v. Florida Gulf Coast 6:30 p.m. Fort Myers, Fla.
Florida A&M v. Southern New Orleans, LA Andre Dawson Classic
Delaware State v. The Citadel TBA Charleston, S.C.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Maryland Eastern Shore v. Longwood 12 p.m. Farmville, Va. (DH)
Coppin State v. Savannah State 1 p.m. Savannah, Ga. (DH)
Norfolk State v. James Madison 2 p.m. Harrisonburg, Va.
Bethune-Cookman v. Florida Gulf Coast 2 p.m. Fort Myers, Fla.
Canisius v. North Carolina Central 3 p.m. Durham, N.C.
Niagara v. North Carolina A&T State 3 p.m. Greensboro, N.C.
Delaware State v. The Citadel TBA Charleston, S.C.
Florida A&M v. Eastern Kentucky 8 p.m. New Orleans, La. Andre Dawson Classic Live MLB Network MLB.com

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Coppin State v. Savannah State 12 p.m. Savannah, Ga.
Canisius North Carolina Central 12 p.m. Durham, N.C.
Maryland Eastern Shore v. Longwood 12:30 p.m. Farmville, Va.
Bethune-Cookman v. Florida Gulf Coast 1 p.m. Fort Myers, Fla.
Norfolk State v. James Madison 1 p.m. Harrisonburg, Va.
Niagara v. North Carolina A&T State 1 p.m. Greensboro, N.C.
Andre Dawson Classic
Florida A&M UAPB 2 p.m. New Orleans, La. Andre Dawson Classic
Delaware State v. The Citadel TBA Charleston, S.C.

Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Alcorn State v. Prairie View A&M 12 p.m. New Orleans, LA Andre Dawson Classic
UAPB v. Alabama State 12 pm New Orleans, LA Andre Dawson Classic
Purdue Fort Wayne v. Alabama A&M 1 p.m. Huntsville, Ala.
Eastern Kentucky v. Grambling State 3 p.m. New Orleans, La. Andre Dawson Classic
Texas Southern v. New Mexico State 5 p.m. Las Cruces, N.M.
Boston College v. Jackson State 6 p.m. Jackson, Miss

Saturday, February 16, 2019

UAPB v. Alcorn State 11 a.m. New Orleans, La. Andre Dawson Classic
Texas Southern v. New Mexico State 1 p.m. Las Cruces, N.M. (DH)
Boston College v. Jackson State 1 p.m. Jackson, Miss (DH)
Southern v. Grambling State 3 p.m. New Orleans, La. Andre Dawson Classic
Texas Southern v. New Mexico State 4 p.m. Las Cruces, N.M. (DH)
Alabama State v. Prairie View A&M 7 p.m. New Orleans, LA / Maestri Field at UNO Andre Dawson Classic
Purdue Fort Wayne v. Alabama A&M Huntsville, Ala. (DH)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Eastern Kentucky v. Prairie View A&M 11 a.m. New Orleans, LA Andre Dawson Classic
Purdue Fort Wayne v. Alabama A&M 12 p.m. Huntsville, Ala.
Boston College v. Jackson State 12 p.m. Jackson, Miss
Texas Southern v. New Mexico State 1 p.m. Las Cruces, N.M.
Florida A&M v. UAPB 2 p.m. New Orleans, LA Andre Dawson Classic
Southern v. Alcorn State 4 p.m. New Orleans, La. Andre Dawson Classic
Grambling State v. Alabama State 5 p.m. New Orleans, LA Andre Dawson Classic

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