EAST GREENSBORO – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) released its all-conference baseball team ahead of the 2019 MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament with three Aggies earning first-team honors.
The Aggies had one player make second-team all-conference and two other Aggies were third-team selections.
Senior Dawnoven Smith (6-1, 215, Jacksonville, N.C.) was the Aggies only repeat first-team all-conference performer after earning first-team honors in 2018. Joining him on the first team was senior right-hand pitcher Tim Luth (6-2, 205, Dunedin, Fla.) and junior Ryne Stanley (6-0, 190, High Point, N.C.).
Senior RHP Leon Hunter (6-3, 220, Garner, N.C.) earned second-team honors as a relief pitcher and junior shortstop Dustin Baber (5-10, 175, Babson Park, Fla.) and senior outfielder Jason King (5-10, 175, Baltimore, Md.) were voted to the third team. Votes are compiled by league head coaches and sports information directors.
Smith enters the tournament batting .275. But he is batting .350 in his last 40 at-bats. He is tied for second in the league in doubles and is tied for the league-lead in home runs with six. Smith is also ninth in the league in slugging percentage (.451). Smith has 16 multiple-hit games and is tied for the team lead with seven multiple-RBI games.
Luth had a superb season on the mound where he went 7-3 overall and 6-1 against MEAC opponents. He recorded 40 strikeouts and registered only 20 walks in 83.1 innings pitched.
His 3.46 ERA ranks sixth in the MEAC for pitchers who pitched at least an inning per appearance. Luth led the league in innings pitched, was second in wins and allowed the fourth-fewest walks in the league. He was 23rd in the nation in games started (13).
Stanley is one of the best defensive catchers in the league. He added some offensive punch to his game this season to help the Aggies earn their second straight MEAC Southern Division title. He was third on the team in multiple-hit games (11). He has a .987 fielding percentage, he caught 18 base runners trying to steal and recorded only six passed balls during the season.
At the plate, he is batting .266 with six doubles, a homer and 12 RBI. He ranks third in the MEAC in sacrifice bunts (6).
The Aggies head into the conference tournament at 28-22 overall and 16-8 in the MEAC. Their 16 MEAC wins match the school record they set last season for conference wins. They will open tournament play noon Thursday at Jackie Robinson Park in Daytona Beach, Fla.