Four MEAC Baseball Players Named Freshman All-American
TUSCON, Ariz.—Four baseball players from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) have been named Freshman All-Americans, as the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced its honorees Wednesday morning. Bethune-Cookman's Anthony Maldonado was honored, as were Carter Williams, Corey Joyce and Jake Raby from North Carolina Central.
Maldonado was a First Team All-MEAC selection this past season, going 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA and one complete game. He struck out 61 batters over 86.1 innings for the season, helping the Wildcats take the MEAC Southern Division regular-season title before winning the MEAC Tournament championship and advancing to the Gainesville Regional final in the NCAA Div. I Championship for the first time in school and conference history. Maldonado was a two-time MEAC Rookie of the Week this season.
Williams hit .351 in his first season with the Eagles (ranking third on the team and sixth in the MEAC), racking up 14 doubles, two home runs, 26 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He was a Second Team All-MEAC selection after ranking third in the MEAC in slugging percentage (.513), tying for third in both hits (72) and runs scored (42), ranking fourth in in doubles and ninth in on-base percentage (.427).
Joyce, the 2017 MEAC Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-MEAC honoree, hit .344 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 36 RBIs. The two-time MEAC Rookie of the Week ranked fourth on the team in batting and was fourth in the MEAC in RBIs and tied for sixth in home runs.
Raby had 12 doubles and two home runs in 2017, earning Third Team All-MEAC honors. He also drove in 31 runs on the season, and his .985 fielding percentage was the second-best on the team. His 12 doubles in 2017 were second on the team behind Joyce.