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Four Seniors Say Goodbye To War Memorial

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 05/06/2012
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Head coach Joel Sanchez (far right) and his top assistant Austin Love (far left) stands with (from left to right) seniors Michael Radford (SS), Carvell Copeland (CF), Estarlin Paulino (LHP) and Marquis Riley (2B). The foursome played its final game at War Memorial Stadium. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
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Carvell Copeland

6-1, 180, Cedar Grove, N.C

Carvell Copeland has been an outstanding student-athlete at North Carolina A&T. He earned a 4.0 grade point average during the 2011 Fall Semester, and has a cumulative GPA over 3.0.  He has been a Scholar Athlete since 2008, and garnered MEAC All-Academic Team honors since 2009.  He served as the MEAC student-athlete representative on the National NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He also served as treasurer for A&T SAAC this school year. Copeland is also a member of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Fraternity.  He will likely end his career with more than 90 hits, 20 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

Estarlin Paulino

5-7, 170, Santo Domingo

Paulino has been a fixture of the A&T starting rotation, and one of the top pitchers in the MEAC during his four years.  He ranked first in the MEAC in innings pitched and strikeouts last season, and garnered conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-conference honors in 2010.  He won MEAC Pitcher of the Week honors twice this season, and leads the Aggies in strikeouts and innings pitched this season.    

He went 9-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 2010, being named the MEAC Pitcher of the Year and earning first-team All-MEAC honors.  That same season, he was first in the conference and on the team in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts.  Paulino has also excelled academically at A&T, being named to the Dean's List during his career.  He will likely end his career with more than 25 wins, 300 strikeouts and 350 innings pitched.

Michael Radford

5-6, 130, Princeton, N.C.

Michael came to A&T after transferring from Surry Community College.  He has been a tremendous asset to the A&T infield over the last two seasons.  He has started every game for A&T this spring.  He posted a career-high seven-game hitting streak this season, hitting .367 during the steak. Michael has also excelled academically at A&T, earning Dean's List honors each semester. He was also a NJCAA Academic All-American in 2010.  He is on pace to collect more than 60 hits, 10 doubles and 30 RBI this season.

Marquis Riley

5-11, 190, Efland, N.C.

Marquis has been a leader offensively this season, and throughout his A&T career.  He was the toughest batter in the nation to strikeout in 2011. Riley is on pace to only strikeout every 35 at-bats during his career.  He was the second toughest batter to strikeout in the nation as a sophomore in 2010.  He ranked among MEAC leaders in runs scored, stolen bases and walks in his career.  He hit safely in a career-high 18 straight games in 2010.  He earned the 2009 MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player award as a freshman, and was a member of the all-tournament team. He earned second-team All-MEAC honors as a sophomore and junior.  He is on pace to hit better than .350 for his career with more than 275 hits, 50 doubles, 20 home runs, 45 stolen bases and 160 RBI.  

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