May 18, 2007

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) junior baseball standout, Joel Gonzalez (Beltsville, Md./Prince George's Comm. Coll.), has been receiving quite a few accolades recently. Fresh off the news of being on two National Player of the Year lists, Gonzalez received a nod yesterday from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, earning Second-Team All-MEAC honors.

Prior to the selection he was named as one of 112 finalists for the 2007 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award, the only player from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) on the list and as one of 30 players in the nation to be receiving votes for the 2007 CSTV Player of the Year, again the only MEAC player on the list.

Gonzalez has been ripping up opponents this season, posting a regular season ending .381 average that at one point this season was over .500. He has been in the top ten in the nation most of the year in batting average. He leads the MEAC in five offensive categories including batting average, on base percentage, average vs. lefties, average with two outs and average with RBI opportunities. He is also ranked among the league leaders in five other categories.

The player, who led the MEAC in hitting most of the season, came in second for the batting title to North Carolina A & T's Charlie Gamble. Still he could not beat out Bethune-Cookman's Angel Mercado, Florida A& M's Darryl Evans and North Carolina A & T's Christian Beatty, all who were first team outfield selections. All had lower batting averages than Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was the only player from UMES to earn All-MEAC honors.

UMES fell to top seeded Bethune-Cookman in the opening round of the MEAC Tournament yesterday with Gonzalez posting a 2-3 game with an RBI.

They take on second seeded Florida A& M today at 10:00 am.



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