Who's On First? ... The Player of the Year
GREENSBORO – Senior first baseman Kelvin Freeman of the North Carolina A&T baseball team was named MEAC Player of the Year, and earned first-team All-MEAC honors along with junior shortstop Luke Tendler, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
Freeman and Tendler will look to lead the Aggies to their fourth MEAC crown in school history and first since 2005, when they participate in the 2013 MEAC tournament, May 15-19, at Marty L. Miller Field on the campus of Norfolk State.
Freeman leads the conference in home runs and RBI and ranks eighth in the nation in home runs (14) and 21st in RBI (54) this season. He finishes the regular season with a .339 average, 11 doubles, a triple and 116 total bases. He has a .644 slugging percentage, which is 24th in the nation. He leads the team with 13 mutli-RBI games and 18 multi-hit games. Freeman was the 2010 MEAC Rookie of the Year and earned second-team All-MEAC honors in 2012, and he holds a career .344 batting average with 48 doubles, three triples, 29 home runs and 170 RBI. He was named MEAC Player of the Week on April 29.
Tendler is tied for first in the nation in doubles (25) and ranks among MEAC leaders in average, hits, RBI, doubles, home runs and total bases. He finishes the regular season with a .357 average, two triples, five home runs and 33 RBI. He leads the team in batting average and posted a team-best nine-game hitting streak from April 24-May 7. Tendler also recorded 18 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games. He was named to the second-team All-MEAC in 2012 and to the 2012 MEAC All-Tournament team. He also garnered 2011 first-team All-MEAC honors. He holds a career .346 batting average with 55 doubles, 13 triples, 17 home runs and 141 RBI. Tendler was named MEAC Player of the Week on March 7.