University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff
Sophomore infielder Jarficur Parker, as a true freshman last season, started in 33 of 35 games at shortstop. Parker had the Golden Lions best batting average with .331, scored 23 runs, 17 runs batted in, 10 walks with 42 base hits. Has really developed into a consistent all-around hitter.
Infielder Grayland Fowler will have an impact offensively and defensively. What’s impressive were his 13 steals in 14 attempts on the base path while batting .299, scored 29 runs, 56 hits including 9 doubles 1 home run and 41 runs batted in.
Sophomore Jacob Bisharat was the SIAC Conference Freshman of the Year last season. Live bat provided punch to the lineup potential to lead the Golden Bears this year offensively and defensively. A legit player who can hit anywhere in the lineup.
Norfolk State University
Alsander Womack had a stellar rookie year at second base and should help anchor the lineup after batting .319 with 5 home runs and 30 runs batted in last season. Womack, who led the MEAC with 9 HRs last season, gives NSU a strong middle of the order bat plus station to station speed.
Tyler Baumann was among the best hitters in the RRAC last season. Baumann had a career season offensively with a .336 batting average, six home runs, 21 runs batted in to go along with 4 doubles and 3 triples. Sprays the ball to all fields and is another player to watch in 2019.
Joey Macaluso, last season had 9 home runs, hit over 300, can play multiple infield positions and swing the bat well. Has a chance to be one of the best players in the SIAC this season. Live bat moving runners over and driving runs across the plate.
Richard Dixon brings speed and a solid bat. A .365 batting average last season as a freshman in the 26 games he started, was 10 for 10 in the stolen base department last season. Good defensive catcher.
Winston Salem State University
Junior catcher Cole Parks will lead the way for the Rams as he has the team’s highest batting average returning to the team this season. Last season, Parks batted .325 for the season with 32 runs batted in. He will be the team’s leader in both categories. This season in nine-games Cole is off to a fast start batting .333 with three home runs and 13 runs batted in, four stolen bases not bad for a catcher.
Mississippi Valley State University
Utility/RHP Wendell Rieves played in all 45 games in 2018. Played consistent throughout the entire season. Put up some good numbers with men in scoring position and should help anchor the lineup after .240 batting average scored 20 runs, 43 hits including 8 doubles. The 3 home runs and 38 runs batted in most on the team last season. On the Hill, in 5.0 innings pitched recorded 3 strike outs.
Texas Southern University
Aron Solis has been the top workhorse on the Tigers pitching staff. During last season, Solis was tough on opposing hitters sporting a 3.67 earned run average and posted a 10-4 record while striking out 69 batters. Solis threw the second most innings 90.2 in the SWAC last season. Will return among the top pitchers in the conference during the 2019 season.