Charlotte, NC - On Wednesday May 25, the Black College Nines announced their HBCU baseball post-season individual awards. Five (5) Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association student-athletes from three (3) member institutions have been named to the first and second teams. Second baseman Ivan Acuna and pitcher Kanoa Hironaka of Winston-Salem State University were named to the first and second team, respectively. Timothy Carter, an outfielder from Saint Augustine's University, was named to the second team. Virginia State University's catcher David Markins and outfielder Jahleel Sewer were both named to the first team.
CIAA Baseball Player of the Year Acuna hit .378 for the Rams and led the team in home runs (10), RBIs (49), and doubles (17). Acuna finished the regular season fourth in batting average and tied for first in RBIs. Named to the All-CIAA Team First team, Acuna appeared in 52 games overall for the season, and helped contribute to the Rams 35-17 overall record.
Hironaka finished the 2017 season with a 3.67 ERA and four complete games. Hironaka had nine wins on the season to tied for the CIAA lead, and his 60 strikeouts was third in the league, and top for the Rams. Hironaka pitched a team high 88.1 innings.
Carter, Falcons right fielder, ended the season ranked fifth in the CIAA in home runs (8), fourth in triples (3), and fourth in slugging percentage (.628). He also ranked seventh in RBIs (39), seventh in on base percentage (.428), and ninth in batting average (.336).
Markins of Virginia State capped off his senior year in an impressive fashion. A four-year starter for the Trojans, David was named to the 1st All Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) team for his performance this season. David also ranked in the top five of every offensive category in the CIAA. He ranked 2nd in average, 2nd in RBIs, 3rd in home runs, 5th in hits with 65 and 2nd in doubles with 16. He finished the year batting .385, had nine home runs, 52 RBIs, and scored 37 runs.
Sewer, a transfer student, excelled in the outfield his first season for the Trojans. Jahleel batted .365 for the season with 10 home runs, 38 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, and 45 runs scored. As a result of those numbers, Jahleel was selected to the 2nd All CIAA team. His numbers also ranked him in the top five in most offensive categories in the CIAA. Jahleel was 2nd in home runs, 2nd in on base percentage at .475, 1st in slugging percentage at .694, 4th in runs, and 5th in average.
Fifty-two Historically Black College and University (HBCU) baseball players were named to the 2017 Black College Nines' Elite Teams along with selections for Player, Pitcher, and Coach of the Year honors. Selections were made based upon research and statistical information provided by coaching staffs and their sports information directors. Player, Pitcher, and Coach of the Year awards were voted upon by Black College Nines staff and members of the national media.
1B Carlos Andrade (Jarvis Christian College)
2B Ivan Acuna (Winston-Salem State)
3B Darrius England (Voorhees College)
SS Garrett Mack (Voorhees College)
OF David White, Jr. (Benedict College)
OF Jahleel Sewer(Virginia State)
OF DeAndre McGuire (Jarvis Christian College)
C David Markins (Virginia State)
DH Greg Alexander (Kentucky State)
P Joseph Lyall (Jarvis Christian College)
P Richard Edwards (Edward Waters College)
P Kyle Chavez (Talladega College)
RP Tyler Boles (Harris-Stowe State)
1B Leobardo Saldivar, Jr (Harris-Stowe State)
2B Kevin Usselman (Stillman College)
3B Reeves Brashear (Miles College)
SS Jordan Pontious (Edward Waters College)
OF Ryan Green (Tuskegee University)
OF Timothy Carter (Saint Augustine's)
OF Gustavo Castellano (Talladega College)
C Dylan Yankle (Harris-Stowe State)
DH Matthew Washington (West Virginia State)
P Austin Pate (Miles College)
P Robert Trojano (Benedict College)
P Kanoa Hironaka (Winston-Salem State)
RP Matt Burrows (Jarvis Christian College)