On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks baseball in the SWAC and MEAC with Michael Coker of Black College Nines.
The headline from these two conferences in 2017 was obviously the postseason run by Bethune-Cookman. The Wildcats enjoyed a fantastic run in the Gainesville Regional, forcing the eventual national champion Florida Gators to a deciding seventh game before bowing out. Head coach Jason Beverlin has done an outstanding job of building upon the success that the program enjoyed under Mervyl Melendez.
In the SWAC, it feels like the league is fairly wide open. Alabama State it still well-stocked with talent. Texas Southern was a 2017 regional team and always plays well when it counts the most. Jackson State is as consistent as just about any program in the conference, and Grambling won their division last year. And that’s to say nothing of a program like Southern, which made a high-profile head coaching hire in bringing in Kerrick Jackson to replace the legendary Roger Cador.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- How important Bethune-Cookman’s run in the Gainesville regional was for the MEAC and HBCU baseball as a whole
- The best program in the MEAC or SWAC as it stands today
- What Mervyl Melendez did as a head coach that made him so successful at Bethune-Cookman and Alabama State
- The most underrated Division I HBCU program
- What gives Texas Southern the ability to continually play well at the end of the season and punch above their weight once they face off with more talented teams
- Expectations for Kerrick Jackson as the head coach at Southern
- Players to watch for in the SWAC or MEAC in 2018
Thanks for listening, everyone!