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2020 Conference Wrap: MEAC

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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 vary 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 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which played four weeks of nonconference action and had yet to reach conference play.

Here are the superlative categories:

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

BEST TEAM

North Carolina A&T

None of the eight MEAC teams finished with a winning record, but A&T came the closest, going 7-9 overall. The Aggies also posted the most impressive wins of any team in the conference, going 3-0 at their NCAT Tournament, highlighted by two wins over a talented Boston College club. NC A&T was the most balanced team in the league, ranking second in the conference in scoring, third in ERA, and first in fielding percentage (.978, which ranked 35th-best in the nation). A&T has been the class of the MEAC in recent years, going 47-25 in conference play over the last three seasons, and the Aggies looked primed to keep on cruising in 2020.

The pitching staff was headlined by one of the MEAC’s top pitchers in Ethan Chavis (2-1, 2.70), who anchored a rock-solid rotation that also included Michael Johnson (1-2, 3.79) and Cole Parks (1-1, 4.91). The bullpen had three real weapons in Leon Davidson (0.69 ERA in 10 appearances), Timothy Davila (1.80 ERA) and Evan Gates (2.57 ERA). And the balanced, experience lineup was headlined by veterans Camden Williamson (.344/.461/.443) in the outfield and run producer Dustin Baber (.290/.378/.339, 14 RBI) at shortstop, leading a group of five returning regulars.

 

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