MEAC Announces Baseball All-Conference Honors

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 05/13/2009
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Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations

Delaware State University third baseman Ross Babineaux was named the 2009 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Player of the Year.  Teammate Dan Perkins was selected as Pitcher of the Year, while Bethune-Cookman University pitcher Ali Simpson was named Rookie of the Year. Head Coach Mervyl Melendez of Bethune-Cookman earned Coach of the Year accolades.


All awards are voted on by the conference’s head baseball coaches and sports information directors. Post season awards will be distributed to all honorees during a pre-tournament banquet tonight at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Babineaux ranks second in the conference and 46th in the nation with a .422 batting average in 41 games. He guided his team to a 10-8 MEAC mark and 19-23-1 record overall. Babineaux tallied one home run, one triple, eight doubles and 33 RBI.  In 136 at bat appearances he recorded 56 hits, stole 11 bases and walked 16 times. He added 105 putouts and 56 assists from the third base position.


Perkins pitched 78.0 innings and recorded five wins at the mound. He was second in the MEAC and 35th in the nation with a 2.77 ERA. Perkins started in 11 games, striking out 77 batters and allowing 24 walks. The five-time MEAC Pitcher of the Week posted a 4-2 record against conference opponents and tallied a 1.17 ERA.


Simpson leads the league and ranks seventh in the nation with a 2.11 ERA. The rookie is 21st in the nation with eight victories in 11 starts on the mound. In 68.1 innings pitched, he struck out 73 batters and allowed 24 walks. Simpson tallied a 1.09 ERA against MEAC opponents. He posted a 5-0 MEAC record and struck out 39 batters in 33 innings of play.


Melendez garnered his fourth consecutive MEAC Coach of the Year honor and sixth overall. In his tenth season at the helm, the Wildcats posted a 16-2 record in conference play and 29-26 record overall. Under his tutelage, Bethune-Cookman has won 11 of the last 13 MEAC crowns. In addition, Melendez won his 300th career victory this season.


Florida A&M led the conference with six student-athletes earning all-conference first and second teams selections. Bethune-Cookman and Delaware State had five players receive all-conference accolades, while Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T had three players listed. Maryland Eastern Shore followed with two players who were named to the MEAC’s post season second team.


The 2009 MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, with #1 Bethune-Cookman against #6 Norfolk State. #2 Delaware State drew #5 North Carolina A&T for game two at 2 p.m., while #3 Florida A&M will take on #4 Maryland Eastern Shore in game three beginning at 6 p.m. The championship finale is set for Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m.


Admission for the 2009 MEAC Baseball Championship is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages four and older, students and senior citizens. Ticket prices for the entire tournament are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages four and older, students and senior citizens.  Children ages three (3) and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark, 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, Florida beginning on May 14.


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2009 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Baseball All-Conference Awards



Player of the Year
Ross Babineaux, Delaware State

Pitcher of the Year
Dan Perkins, Delaware State


Rookie of the Year
Ali Simpson, Bethune-Cookman

Coach of the Year
Mervyl Melendez, Bethune-Cookman




First Team

Pos                  Name                           School                         Class    Ht.        Wt.       Hometown 

P                      Dan Perkins                  Delaware State              Sr.        6-4        200       Newark, Delaware

P                      Ali Simpson                  Bethune-Cookman         Fr.        6-2        170       Campbell River, British Columbia
RP                    Brandon Penick             Delaware State              Jr.        5-11      200       Phoenix, Arizona

C                      Peter O’Brien                 Bethune-Cookman         Fr.        6-3        215       Miami Gardens, Florida

INF                   Jared Jeffries                Florida A&M                   Jr.        5-9        165       Decatur, Georgia

INF                   Anselmo Cantu              Norfolk State                 Sr.        6-0        195       Virginia Beach, Virginia             

INF                   Ross Babineaux            Delaware State              Sr.        6-1        210       New Iberia, Louisiana

INF                   Tim Schalch,                 Florida A&M                  Sr.        6-1        165       Sarasota, Florida

OF                    CJ Beatty                      North Carolina A&T        Jr.        5-10      185       Winston-Salem, North Carolina

OF                    CJ Lauriello                   Bethune-Cookman         Jr.        5-9        180       Miami, Florida
OF                   Xavier Macklin               North Carolina A&T        Fr.        5-11      195       Rocky Mount, North Carolina

DH                   Derrick Shaw                 Florida A&M                  Fr.        6-0        185       Orlando, Florida


Second Team

Pos                  Name                           School                         Class    Ht.        Wt.       Hometown 

P                      Eric Thomas                  Bethune-Cookman         Sr.        5-11      185       Gainesville, Florida
P                      Hiram Burgos                Bethune-Cookman         Sr.        5-11      200       Cayey, Puerto Rico
C                      Adam Gordon               Florida A&M                  Jr.        5-11      170       Tallahassee, Florida

INF                   Abe Eubank                  Delaware State              Jr.        6-3        215       Medford, Oregon

INF                   Justin Bittner                 Delaware State              Sr.        6-0        185       Newark, Delaware

INF                   Nick Rogers                  North Carolina A&T        Jr.        6-1        195       Greensboro, North Carolina

INF                   Tim Jones                     Florida A&M                  So.       6-5        220       Atlanta, Georgia

OF                    Darryl Evans                 Florida A&M                  So.       5-10      175       Merrillville, Indiana

OF                    Jerrod Farley                 Norfolk State                 Sr.        6-1        200       Chester, Virginia

OF                    Pat Hercinger                Maryland E. Shore**      Sr.        6-0        200       Papillion, Nebraska

OF                    John Lynch                   Norfolk State**              So.       6-2        215       Newport News, Virginia

DH                   Bryan Chaikowsky         Maryland E. Shore         So.       6-2        210       Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


**indicates tie




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