MEAC And SWAC Conference Regular Season Stretch Run

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) races got more interesting as the second half of the season is in full bloom. The standings are changing daily from both mid-week and weekend actions leading to a solid finish to decide conference tournament seedings.

There were some big series wins last weekend with bigger developments are in store for this upcoming weekend.

The battle for first place in the MEAC North pits Coppin State against surprising Norfolk State who was picked to finish in last place prior to the start of the season. This series could turn into a preview of the conference championship.

In the MEAC South, North Carolina A&T (9-5) has a two game lead on North Carolina Central (7-7), with Florida A&M (7-8) and Bethune Cookman (7-8) within striking distance for first place. This is a tight race. Any upset this weekend or in the coming weeks can shakeup the standings. So far this season we have not had an upset within the division conference race. Last season NC A&T was in the driver’s seat, but not so this year.

In the SWAC West, Southern University (12-2) is leading the pack, having made a compelling jump from last season’s 6-15 conference record. If not for miscues with two outs during the early part of the season, the Jaguars overall record could be seven games on the plus side in the win column. Grambling State (11-7) could take the top spot because of its favorable remaining schedule, while Paririe View A&M (8-9) and Texas Southern (7-8), should finish with at least a .500 conference record.

Alabama State (14-3) looks like they are in the driver’s seat in first place in the East, but keep an eye on Jackson State (9-6) and Alabama A&M (8-9) as the race remains wide open to finish behind ASU.

Black College Nines will continue to update both MEAC and SWAC conference regular season stretch run through the remainder of the season.

Conference standings as of April 16, 2019

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Leaders (MEAC) 

Northern Division

Team Record Win % GB Overall Overall % Streak
Coppin State 11-4 0.733 20-14 0.588 W4
Norfolk State 10-5 0.667 1 14-18 0.438 W3
Delaware State 6-9 0.400 5 11-20 0.355 L2
Maryland Eastern Shore 3-12 0.200 8 9-31 0.225 L7

Southern Division

Team Record Win % GB Overall Overall % Streak
North Carolina A&T 9-5 0.643 19-16 0.543 L1
North Carolina Central 7-7 0.500 2 16-19 0.457 W2
Florida A&M 7-8 0.467 2.5 15-23 0.395 W1
Bethune Cookman 7-8 0.467 2.5 14-25 0.359 L2
Savannah State 5-7 0.417 3 7-18-1 0.269 L4
 
Individual Statistical Leaders
Batting Average
No. Players
1 Justin Banks Coppin State .402
2 Corey Joyce North Carolina Central .353
3 Carter Williams North Carolina Central .326
4 Jalen Atterbury Savannah State .324
5 Erik Crossman Coppin State .322
 
Home Runs
No. Players
1 Dawnoven Smith North Carolina A&T 5
2 Stephen Baughan Norfolk State 5
3 Justin Banks Coppin State 5
4 Corey Joyce North Carolina Central 4
5 Zach McLean North Carolina A&T 4
Stolen Bases
No. Players
1 Justin Hayes Norfolk State 21
2 Jalen Atterbury Savannah State 17
3 Brandon Crosby Norfolk State 16
4 Matt Day Coppin State 13
5 Dustin Baber North Carolina A&T 12
Wins/Loses
No. Player
1 Devin Rivera Ozuna Coppin State 6
2 Ryan Miller North Carolina Central 5
3 Tim Luth North Carolina A&T 5
4 Aaron Rea Coppin State 4
5 Chris Kernen
North Carolina Central
4
Strikeouts
No. Player
1 Anthony Maldonado Bethune-Cookman 70
2 Chase Anderson Norfolk State 65
3 Garrett Lawson Delaware State 62
4 Ryan Miller North Carolina Central 55
5 Dwayne Marshall Maryland Eastern Shore 53
Earned Run Average
No. Player
1 Garrett Lawson Delaware State 1.93
2 Ethan Chavis North Carolina A&T 2.85
3 Michael Johnson North Carolina A&T 2.87
4 Ryan Miller North Carolina Central 2.89
5 Devin Rivera Ozuna Coppin State 2.96
Southwestern Athletic Conference Leaders (SWAC):
 
Western Division
Team Record Win % GB Overall Overall % Streak
Southern 12-2 0.857 22-15 0.595 W5
Grambling State 11-7 0.611 3 17-19 0.472 W2
Prairie View A&M 8-9 0.471 5.5 16-26 0.381 W2
Texas Southern 7-8 0.467 5.5 11-26 0.297 L7
Arkansas Pine Bluff 2-14 0.125 11 6-28 0.176 L6
Eastern Division
Team Record Win % GB Overall Overall % Streak
Alabama State 14-3 0.824 20-16 0.556 L1
Jackson State 9-6 0.600 4 22-18 0.550 W10
Alabama A&M 8-9 0.471 6 12-28 0.300 L8
Mississippi Valley State 5-9 0.357 7.5 6-18 0.250 L9
Alcorn State 4-13 0.235 10 11-24 0.314 W1

Individual Statistical Leaders

Batting Average

No. Players
1 Daniel Lingua Prairie View .395
2 Tyler LaPorte Southern .388
3 Jaylyn Williams Jackson State .383
4 Equon Smith Jackson State .378
5 Nick Kreutzer Arkansas-Pine Bluff .377

Home Runs

No. Players
1 Yamil Pagan Alabama State 10
2 Alex Martinez Prairie View 10
3 Olajide Oloruntimilehin Texas Southern 9
4 Noel Cheneau Alabama State 8
5 Coby Taylor Southern 7

Stolen Bases

No. Player
1 Equon Smith Jackson State 32
2 Daniel Lingua Prairie View 26
3 Ryan Diaz Texas Southern 22
4 Javeyan Williams Southern 21
5 Tyler LaPorte Southern 19

Wins/Loses

No. Players
1 Bryan Delgado Grambling 5
2 Nikelle Galatas Jackson State 5
3 Darren Kelly Alabama State 5
4 Jeremy Rivera Alabama State 5
5 Ryan Huntington Grambling 4

Strikeouts

No. Players
1 Aron Solis Texas Southern 61
2 Nikelle Galatas Jackson State 59
3 Kevin Perez Jackson State 55
4 Carlos Lopez Alcorn State 49
5 Jason Alvarez Grambling 46

Earned Run Average

No. Players
1 Darren Kelly Alabama State 1.26
2 Kevin Perez Jackson State 2.64
3 Garth Cahill Jackson State 3.19
4 Bryan Delgado Grambling 3.20
5 Nikelle Galatas Jackson State 3.82

 

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