BATON ROUGE, La. – After 29 seasons of Southern baseball and 850 victories, head coach Roger Cador will finally have a new facility to call home.
Speaking Wednesday morning at a groundbreaking ceremony on the Baton Rouge campus, Cador said, that the construction is an example to the players “to never give up.”
Cador said the facility has been a dream that he has never given up on, even when the financing looked bleak. He credited the late State Rep. Avon Honey for helping to put together a financial package for the facility.
NORTH CAROLINA -- Baseball Champions from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) have received automatic bids to
the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and both will open play
on Friday, May 31.
The Championship begins with a regional format which
consists of 16, four-team sites, each playing under a
MEAC Champ Savannah State will travel to Tallahassee, FL to meet #7
national seed Florida State at 5:00pm ET. Also selected to the
Tallahassee Regional were Alabama and Troy.
TEXAS -- For all his success during individual seasons the last seven years — five 30-win seasons, a better than .700 winning percentage in the SWAC, guiding a team that led the conference in batting average and stolen bases — was empty without a conference championship for Jackson State head baseball coach Omar Johnson.
On Sunday, all that changed after the Tigers beat Prairie View 6-2 to win the program’s first SWAC title since 2000.
“A long time coming,” Johnson matter-of -factly said through a wry smile following the game.
HOUSTON -- The Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division Baseball Top 10, with number of first-place votes, c = Conference record, O = Overall record in parentheses, total points, previous ranking, and next opponent:
Name C-/-O-Records–1PV-Points-PWR–Last Game-Next Game-(05-19-13–05-26-13)
1. Savannah State (33-22, 17-7)–(4)—96—-1—(Won MEAC Tournament Championship over Bethune-Cookman,(G1:3-1;G2:21-11;G3:14-7;G4:1-0), Next Weekend Series Open)
NORFOLK, Va. -
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (34-25) fell in the MEAC Baseball Championships for the first time in the past eight seasons, as the Savannah State Tigers (33-21) claimed victory in the title game, 1-0, on a 10th-inning walk-off sacrifice fly.
“Both pitchers were matching each other pitch-for-pitch and we had our work cut out for us against one of the better pitchers in the league,” Head Coach Jason Beverlin said.
“We battled, we fought, we clawed and ended up coming up a little bit short in the end,” Beverlin continued.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jackson State University captured its 15th overall baseball title after defeating Prairie View A&M, 6-2, in the championship final of the 2013 SWAC Baseball Tournament on Sunday at LaGrave Field.
JSU (34-20), the SWAC Eastern Division champions and No. 1 seed, earned the tournament tile for the first time under head coach Omar Johnson. The last time the Tigers won the championship was in 2000.
Tournament MVP Alexander Juday (7-4), pitched his sixth complete game of the season throwing nine strikeouts.
HOUSTON -- The Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division Baseball Top 10, with number of first-place votes, c = Conference record, O = Overall record in parentheses, total points, previous ranking, and next opponent.
Name C-/-O-Records–1PV-Pts-PWR–Last Gme-Next Gme-(05-12-13/05-19-13)
1. Savannah State (29-22, 17-7)–(3)—96—-2—(Won Game,(1-0), over N. C. A & T State,(G1:7-5;G2:N/A,G3:N/A), Next Weekend Series at-MEAC Tournament)
NORFOLK, Va. –
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host its 2013 Baseball Championship Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19 at the Marty L. Miller Field on the campus of Norfolk State University.
The Delaware State University Hornets and the Savannah State Tigers will enter tournament play as the number seeds.Delaware State finished atop of the standings in the northern division with a 23-3 MEAC record and 33-13 overall mark.
The Hornets have won their last four games heading into the tournament and will seek their first MEAC baseball title since 1989.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – To cap the 2013 baseball regular season, Arkansas-Pine Bluff junior shortstop Isias Alcantar headlines this year's post season honors as the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Alabama State sophomore pitcher, T.J. Renda, was tabbed Pitcher of the Year while Grambling State senior outfield specialist, Darren Farmer, received Hitter of the Year.
To close out the SWAC baseball superlatives, Alabama State outfielder, Dillon Cooper, earned Freshman of the Year with Jackson State junior outfielder, Charles Tillery, capturing Newcomer of the Year.
WICHITA, Kan. -
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has announced that UMES catcher Brandon Schott
has been placed on the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List.
The Johnny Bench Award, started in 2000, is given each year to the top catcher in Division I college baseball.
The list will be cut to semifinalists on May 16th, with the finalists being chosen on June 4th.
The winner of the award, voted on by the Division I coaches, will be announced on June 27th at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – T.J. Renda threw a no-hitter and Richard Amion’s inside-the-park grand slam led Alabama State to a 14-0 win over Chicago State in the season opener for both teams last Friday at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.
Renda threw 123 pitches, 83 for strikes, walked one, hit one batter, and struck out a career-high 15.
He faced just two batters over the minimum as no Chicago State player reached second base.
Renda struck out the side in the fifth and in the ninth, fanning Mattingly Romanin for the final out, sending the crowd into a frenzy as Renda was mobbed by his teammates.
BIRMINGHAM --Alabama State and
Jackson State tied for first in the East, while Southern is favored in
the West to win SWAC divisional titles this season.
Both Hornets and Tigers picked up 77 points in the voting bySouthwestern Athletic Conferencehead coaches and sports information directors.
Each team also received eight first place votes.
Alcorn State was
picked third with 61 points and two first place votes, while Mississippi
Valley State placed fourth with one first place vote and 48 points and
Alabama A&M was fifth with 22 points.
NORFOLK, Va. - The seven-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference (MEAC) champion Bethune-Cookman Wildcats were predicted as
winners of the 2013 MEAC Southern division in the preseason poll of
conference baseball head coaches and sports information directors, MEAC
In addition, Gabriel Hernandez
was chosen as the Preseason MEAC Pitcher of the Year, and was joined by
two other Wildcats on the Preseason All-MEAC Team.
Bethune-Cookman was a unanimous selection to win the Southern
divisional title, as the Wildcats won their seventh consecutive MEAC
crown in 2012, recording an 18-5 mark in MEAC play, with a 34-27 overall
HOUSTON -- The 2013 Urban Invitational, which is returning to Houston for the second consecutive year, will exclusively feature four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the first time in the event's history.
The four participating collegiate baseball programs are Alabama State University (Montgomery, Alabama), Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas) and Texas Southern University (Houston).
The Urban Invitational is the annual, round-robin collegiate baseball tournament designed by Major League Baseball to give HBCUs and their baseball programs national exposure.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- An
era in North Carolina A&T baseball will come to an end this summer.
Effective July 31, Keith Shumate will no longer be the head baseball
coach at N.C. A&T. Shumate offered his resignation to Director of
Athletics Earl Hilton on Tuesday.
is certainly a sad day for North Carolina A&T Athletics. We’re
losing a great baseball coach and an even greater human being from our
staff,” said Hilton. “While we hate to see him depart, we support
Birmingham, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced its 2011 preseason all-SWAC baseball teams, along with the league’s predicted order of finish as selected by the head coaches and sports information directors from the 10 member institutions.
Southern University first baseman Frazier Hall earned preseason Player of the Year honors. Hall is the 2010 SWAC Player of the Year and batted .387 with 49 RBI, 16 doubles and 8 home runs a year ago.
Hall also compiled a .637 slugging percentage and scored 49 runs in 2010.