Black College Nines Announces 2022 HBCU Baseball Small School Post Season Elites and Individual Awards

Twenty-Nine HBCU baseball players have been named to the Black College Nines’ Elite teams for the 2022 season. Additional recognition is given to our Player, Pitcher, Freshman and Coach of the Year, as well as to Sports Information Directors. This marks the first time the national postseason awards was split from the large school based on the growth of the Black College World Series. First and second team selections were made in the Small School Division (made up of NCAA Division II as well as schools in both the NAIA and NCCAA).

Selections were made based upon statistical information, mid-season reports including research provided by Black College Nines and both coaching staffs and their sports information directors. Player, pitcher and coach of the year awards were voted upon by Black College Nines and members of the national media.

The 2022 HBCU National Baseball Player, Pitcher, Freshmen and Coach of the Year:






Player of the Year – Bradon O’Connor (Benedict College)

Pitcher of the Year – Jose Santiago (Savannah State University)

Freshman of the Year – Miguel Oropeza (Talladega College)

Coach of the Year – Carlton Hardy (Savannah State University)

Small School Division (NCAA Division II/NAIA) 

*Participating in Black College World Series

First Team

1B Ty Sizemore  (Bluefield State College)*

INF Champion Robbins (Savannah State University)

INF Nicholas Hernandez (Albany State University)*

INF Lavoisier Fisher (Albany State University)*

UTL Lachian Ross (Albany State University)*

OF Bradon O’Connor (Benedict College)

OF Michael Archie (Miles College)*

OF Dom Lawson (Kentucky State University)*

C Miguel Oropeza (Talladega College)*

DH Axel Gomez  (Florida Memorial University)*

P Jose Santiago  (Savannah State University)*

P Kody Long  (Miles College)*

P Jordan Livington (West Virginia State University)

RP Isaias Espiritusanto (Florida Memorial University)*

Second Team

1B Jacob Bisharat (Miles College)*

INF Jalen Thomas (Rust College)*

INF James Bitner (Miles College)*

INF Payton Shubert (Edward Waters University)*

UTL Adren Thompson (Kentucky State University)*

OF Jamell Mitchell (Benedict College)

OF Trey Junkins (West Virginia State University)

OF Joseph Smith (Savannah State University)

C Dawsyn Hock (Virginia State University)

DH Cole Cote (Bluefield State)

P Jeremiah Reddell (Albany State University)*

P Enrico Peele (Savannah State University)

P Quincy McGraw (Rust College)*

RP Brytan Sampson (Rust College)*


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