Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MEAC Announces 2016 Baseball Championship Seedings

NORFOLK, Virginia – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host the 2016 MEAC Baseball Championship beginning Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22 at the Delmarva Shorebirds Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md. The Norfolk State Spartans and the Florida A&M Rattlers will enter tournament play as the number one seeds.

Norfolk State clinched the northern divisional title with a 19-5 conference record, including sweeping Coppin State to end the regular season. The Spartans are 10-3 in their last 13 games and 27-19 overall heading into the tournament.

Florida A&M enters tournament play with a 19-5 MEAC record and a 30-19 overall mark for their first 30-win regular season since 2003. The Rattlers secured the top spot winning six of their final eight games, including a sweep of North Carolina A&T State on the final weekend.

Delaware State (13-10) took the number two seed in the north, while Coppin State (8-16) earned the third seed from the north.

Bethune-Cookman (17-7) secured the number two seed in the south, and North Carolina Central (11-13) took the third seed from the south.

Bethune-Cookman (S2) will face Coppin State (N3) in the opening game at 12 p.m. on Thursday. Delaware State (N2) will meet North Carolina Central (S3) in game two, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The losers of the first two games on Thursday will play an elimination game at 7 p.m. that night.

The Spartans will take on the winner of Bethune-Cookman and Coppin State at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, while the Rattlers tangle with the winner of Delaware State and North Carolina Central at 12 p.m. on Friday. A third game will take place at 7 p.m. between the lowest seeded loser from Friday’s first games and the winner of the 7 p.m. game from Thursday.

Only the top three teams from each division will compete for the tournament title. Maryland Eastern Shore, Savannah State and North Carolina A&T State were eliminated from conference play based on its regular season finish.

The championship finale is set for Sunday, May 22 beginning at 1 p.m.

The 2016 MEAC Baseball Championship tournament begins Thursday, May 19 at 12 p.m. at the Delmarva Shorebirds Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland. Admission is $8 per day or $25 for the four-day tournament. A complete tournament bracket can be found on www.MEACsports.com.

Conference Record/Overall Record

1. Norfolk State  19-5/27-19

2. Delaware State  13-10/13-34

3. Coppin State  8-16/12-36

Conference Record/Overall Record

1. Florida A&M 19-5/30-19

2. Bethune-Cookman 17-7/25-25

3. North Carolina Central 11-13/24-28


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