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SSU Baseball Picked Fifth

The Savannah State baseball team was picked to finish fifth in the Southern Division of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the 2019 season.

North Carolina A&T is the favorite to win the Southern Division. Bethune-Cookman was picked to finish second followed by Florida A&M, North Carolina Central and SSU.

Coppin State is expected to win the Northern Division. Norfolk State was picked to finish second, rounded out by Delaware State and Maryland Eastern Shore.

Tigers Sweep Coppin State

The Savannah State men’s and women’s basketball teams swept a double-header from Coppin State on February 9 in Tiger Arena.

Alexxus Sowell had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the Lady Tigers to a 68-57 win over CSU to break a five game losing streak.

In the nightcap, Tyrell Harper had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Tigers to a 71-62 victory for their third win in a row.

On Feb. 4, SSU split a road double-header with Maryland-Eastern Shore with the Lady Tigers falling 78-46 and the SSU men winning 68-63.

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Einaj Carter, RB, 5-8, 165, Smyrna Beach, Fla., New Smyrna Beach HS;

Malik Fleming, DB, 6-0, 175, Hallandale, Fla., Hallandale Magnet HS;

Kyle Frazier, DL, 6-3, 260, Augusta, Ga., Glenn Hills HS;

Ronald Fuselier, DB, 6-1, 175, Richmond Hill, Ga., Richmond Hill HS;

Jordan Grant, RB, 5-10, 180, Savannah, Ga., Savannah Christian HS;

Jamaurion “JT” Hartage, QB, 5-10, 175, Forsyth, Ga., Mary Persons HS;

Devin Howard, DB, 6-2, 160, Kingsland, Ga., Camden County HS;

Tyler Howard, DL, 6-4, 215, Jacksonville, Fla., First Coast HS;

Gabriel “Gabe” Long, OL, 6-1, 275, Bluffton, S.C., May River HS;

Jared Mack, DB, 5-9, 170, Hialeah, Fla., American HS;

Tyler Moore, DL, 6-2, 205, Norcross, Ga., Norcross HS;

Namon Pointer, DB, 5-10, 160, Savannah, Ga., Johnson HS;

Julian Roberts, DL, 6-2, 195, Savannah, Ga., Memorial Day;

Jayden Simpkins, DB 6-1, 170, Evans, Ga., Evans HS;

Jaylon Thompson, DL, 6-4, 210, Bluffton, S.C., Bluffton HS;

Seaton Waldhauer, OL, 6-2, 290, Palm Coast, Fla., Matanzas HS;

Karrington Warner, DB, 6-1, 180, Hinesville, Ga., Liberty County HS;

Quentavious “Quen” Wilson, RB, 5-10, 180, Forsyth, Ga., Mary Persons HS and Namon Pointer (Johnson High).

Ronald Fuselier (Richmond Hill High), Devin Howard (Camden County High) and Karrington Warner (Liberty County High) hail from neighboring coastal empire towns while Jaylon Thompson (Bluffton High) and Gabriel Long (May River High) are from the Carolina Low Country.

Other recruits from the state of Georgia are Kyle Frazier (Augusta), Jayden Simpkins (Evans), Quentavious Wilson (Forsyth), Jamaurion Hartage (Forsyth) and Tyler Moore (Norcross).

In addition to the 11 players from Georgia and two from South Carolina, four players are set to come to the university by the sea from the state of Florida.

Crossing the border of the Sunshine State to come to SSU are Einja Carter (New Smyrna Beach), Malik Fleming (Hallandale), Tyler Howard (Jacksonville) and Seaton Waldhauer (Palm Coast).

Quinn also had praise for the remaining assistants (Russell DeMasi, Thomas Sims and Glenn Davis) for the job they did.

“The assistant coaches did a great job in selling Savannah State, the city of Savannah and having an opportunity to play in a league we can win.”

As listed by position, Savannah State added seven defensive backs, five defensive linemen, three running backs, two offensive linemen and one quarterback.

“Yes, a lot of these players have length and speed that we haven’t had on our roster in the past. We recruited players we think will make our team better,” said Quinn about the chance of the defensive signees having a chance to contribute early to a defense that finished the season ranked third in the Football Championship Subdivision in pass defense and 19th in total defense.

Carter, a running back is the smallest recruit at 5-foot-8 while Thompson, who plays on the defensive line, is the tallest at 6-foot-4. Waldhauer, an offensive lineman, is the largest, tipping the scale at 290-pounds.

Savannah State posted a 2-8 record in 2018, their last season as a member of the FCS.

The Tigers will play the 2019 season as a member of Division II in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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