N.C. Central’s Ortiz is MEAC top baseball rookie

From News ReleasesMay 14, 2014 

— N.C. Carolina Central landed three baseball players on the All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) squads, headlined by freshman Carlos Ortiz, who earned rookie of the year and second-team honors.

Senior Tyson Simpson was placed on the first team and senior Carter Williamson was on the second team, the league announced Wednesday.

Ortiz becomes the first Eagle in the modern era to earn rookie of the year honors as he ripped through the league batting .318 overall, but was an exceptional .392 against MEAC competition.

His six home runs were second on the team as he hit four in league play. His two home runs against Florida A&M on April 27 were key to the Eagles’ 15-11 comeback victory.

“For a freshman to put together a season like Carlos has is very impressive,” said Eagles coach Jim Koerner. “He has a strong desire to be great and the work ethic to match. He has a good understanding of what it takes to play the game at a high level and has earned this recognition.”

Simpson batted .353 on the year (11th in the MEAC) with 10 doubles, two home runs, and 35 RBIs.

Williamson had career-best marks, hitting .363 (10th in the MEAC) in his final year, while topping the team with 42 RBIs (third in the MEAC).

• By virtue of a 6-1 loss Wednesday morning, N.C. Central will face Maryland Eastern Shore, the No. 4 seed from the North Division, in the loser’s bracket of the MEAC baseball tournament Thursday in Norfolk, Va. Maryland Eastern Shore fell to Bethune-Cookman 4-0.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack will open a three-game series at Virginia Tech on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The Wolfpack (30-21, 11-16 ACC) is 37-15-1 all-time against the Hokies (20-29-1, 8-19). The Wolfpack swept Virginia Tech in Raleigh during the 2013 season.

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