MEAC Announces Weekly Baseball Honors
Florida A&M senior Ben Ellzey was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. North Carolina Central’s Corey Joyce earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Savannah State sophomore Alex Wright was named Pitcher of the Week.
Ellzey (6-0, 205, Sr., Ocala, Fla.) was key in Florida A&M’s three-game sweep of George Washington this past weekend, going a combined 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate for the week and giving the Rattlers a walkoff win in Friday’s series opener. Ellzey drove in three runs and scored twice, including his first home run of the season in the second game of the series on Saturday. He also had two hits and an RBI earlier in the week against Auburn.
Joyce (6-1, 175, Fr., Lexington, N.C.) batted .417 (5-for-12) in three games against Duke and Iona this past week, driving in four runs and scoring twice. He led the team in slugging percentage (.750) and on-base percentage (.533), and Joyce was 3-for-4 on Saturday against Iona, driving in a pair of runs, hitting his third home run of the season and winding up a triple shy of the cycle.
Wright (5-8, 150, So., Stoutsville, Ohio) threw a combined eight innings of shutout ball in appearances against Kennesaw State and Alabama A&M this past week. After striking out two in one inning of relief at Kennesaw State, Wright tossed seven shutout innings, striking out eight against Alabama A&M. He only gave up two hits and one walk in that contest.
Other Top Performers
Jameel Edney (B-CU) had three doubles and hit .364 (4-for-11) in a three-game set at Florida Gulf Coast.
Isaak Gutierrez (B-CU) worked 4.2 innings of scoreless relief in the Wildcats’ series-opening win over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday.
Andres Santana (CSU) had a two-run single against Georgetown.
Jahmon Taylor (CSU) gave up just one hit in three innings of relief against Georgetown, striking out four.
Jared Gillis (DSU) had four RBIs and two runs scored in three games against George Washington and The Citadel, including a triple.
Garrett Lawson (DSU) gave up just one hit in seven innings of work against The Citadel, striking out five and picking up his first collegiate win.
Aubrey McCarty (FAMU) gave up just one run in seven innings of work in a no-decision against George Washington.
Willis McDaniel (FAMU) drove in two runs and went 3-for-4 at the plate, with a double and a home run, at Auburn.
Tyler Friis (MDES) hit .600 (6-for-10) in a three-game set against North Carolina A&T State, driving in three runs in the second game of the series.
Michael Johnson (NCAT) struck out five in five innings of work against Norfolk State.
Myles Sowell (NCAT) had five RBIs in four games for the Aggies, including a double and a triple, going 5-for-5 in the first game of a three-game set against Maryland Eastern Shore.
Ellington Hopkins (NCCU) hit .438 (7-for-16) in four games last week, boasting a .526 on-base percentage.
Devin Sweet (NCCU) struck out eight and did not issue a walk in five innings of work against Iona.
Alex Mauricio (NSU) hit .300 for the week, driving in a run against North Carolina A&T State.
Jonathan Mauricio (NSU) gave up just one run in five innings in a no-decision against Niagara.
Hector Benitez (SSU) hit .333 and drove in seven runs in a four-game series against Alabama A&M, of which the Tigers won three games.