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NCCU Alum Hopkins Signs Professional Baseball Contract

Courtesy: Courtesy of NCCU Sports Information
          Release: 07/21/2017
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Courtesy: Courtesy of NCCU Sports Information

DURHAM, N.C. – Former North Carolina Central University baseball third baseman Ellington Hopkins has signed a professional contract to play for the Alpine Cowboys.

With this signing, the number of Eagles who have signed professional baseball contracts has grown to nine in the program’s modern era which began in 2007.

Hopkins was limited by injury in 2017, but batted .381 over 25 starts with a .544 on base percentage. He was named Preseason Second Team All-MEAC in 2017 after a record-breaking 66 hit performance in 2016 that earned him Second Team All-MEAC honors. Hopkins started all 77 games he appeared in over his career, and finished second in the modern-era career standings with a batting average of .348, and finished first in on base percentage at .476.

Hopkins is currently batting .290 with five RBI and four stolen bases over 13 games. The Alpine Cowboys are based in Alpine, Texas and compete in the 12-team Pecos League, which began play in 2011. The Cowboys won the league championship in 2012, and are currently leading the Mountain Division with a record of 34-16.