Greenville, SC: By virtue of their Mideast Regional Championship win last week, the NCCAA has announced that the Alice Lloyd College Eagles have received one of ten bids to the 2021 NCCAA Men’s Baseball National Championships. The event will be held March 21st -25th, and the host city is Easley, South Carolina. All of the contests will take place at the J.B. “Red” Owens Sports Complex.
ALC Coach Scott Cornett saw his squad battle all season and face some strong opponents, and they were rewarded for their efforts with a Mideast Regional Championship. The Eagles enter the nationals as the #9 seed and hold a 11-27 record. Fortunately, the club came through with their biggest wins of the season when they absolutely mattered the most.
The Caney Creek club has maintained a team batting average of .294, and they placed 5 members on the All-Mideast Region 1st team, and 5 on the All-Mideast Region 2nd team. First Team members were Dalton Cornett, Thomas Mullins, Anthony Jarvis, Chase Conley, and Dawson Beckett.
Senior catcher/ second baseman Dalton Cornett has had an exceptional year. Cornett, who was voted the Mideast Region Player of the Year, leads the nation in batting average at .473 (52-110) and is tied for first in triples (5). Additionally, he is ranked nationally in the following: third in slugging percentage (.836), tied for fourth in doubles (15), and fifth in on-base percentage (.567). Remarkably, he has only struck out 4 times all season in 110 at-bats. For good measure, he also leads the squad in hits (52), RBI’s (34), home runs (5), stolen bases (19), and walks (21).
Sophomore Thomas Mullins really came alive this year. The shortstop is second on the team in batting average (.370), hits (47), home runs (4), and steals (18). His slugging percentage is .504.
Sophomore Anthony Jarvis batted .330 and finished second on the club with a .504 slugging percentage and second in RBI’s (31).
Freshman pitcher Chase Conley led the squad in innings pitched (49.1), ERA (.255), and strikeouts (37). He did not allow a home run all season.
Freshman pitcher Dawson Beckett was second on the team in innings pitched (35.1), and strikeouts (28).
For the tournament, spectators are permitted to attend and must follow COVID guidelines.