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2020 Conference Wrap: SWAC

Analysis

It’s still hard to believe the 2020 college baseball season is over after just four weeks of play. Most conferences didn’t even reach league play before the coronavirus halted the season, so it would be pointless to give out any legitimate awards or draw any sweeping conclusions from our meager sample size. With that in mind, we won’t be releasing a 2020 All-America team, or naming a national Player of the Year or Freshman of the Year.

But informally, we can still take a look back at those first four weeks and highlight some players who stood out. Keep in mind that nonconference strength of schedules varies dramatically, and four weeks really isn’t a long enough period to even determine how strong a given schedule truly was. With those caveats out of the way, here are some superlative picks for the SWAC.

Here are the superlative categories:

  • Best Team
  • Most Surprising Team
  • Most Impressive Hitter
  • Most Impressive Pitcher
  • Best Senior
  • Best Freshman
  • More Fab Freshmen
  • Breakout Player
  • Breakout Pitcher

BEST TEAM

Alabama State

Just to be clear, you do know that baseball has that old adage that says, “Good pitching beats good hitting” right? Well for that reason the Hornets (14-4, 3-0 SWAC) get the nod over Jackson State (9-7, 3-0 SWAC) on the basis of easily having the best pitching staff in the SWAC with a team ERA of 3.12. The next closest pitching staff in the conference was the Tigers, who posted a 5.39 ERA. Granted, the Tigers did play the tougher schedule and also led the loop with a .321 team average. For the record, the two teams were scheduled to play the first three of their six meetings on March 27-28-29. Without that series being played, the Hornets seemed to be the top club.

 

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