McGowin, Sikes Named To MEAC All-Time Baseball Team
Former Savannah State University baseball players Kyle McGowin and Charles Sikes were recently named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s All-Time team for baseball. The team was composed of 50 student-athletes from the conference’s member schools over the past 50 years.
McGowin was the 2013 MEAC Pitcher of the Year. He also earned All-MEAC First Team honors in 2013 and was a 2013 MEAC Championship Outstanding Performer.
The Sag Harbor, New York native finished the 2013 campaign with a 12-2 record, 2.02 earned run average and a school single-season record of 135 strikeout while pitching 120.1 innings.
McGowin was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s 18th Annual All-America first team, won the Georgia Dugout Club Division I Player of the Year Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Currently, he is a pitcher for the Washington Nationals.
Sikes was the 2015 MEAC Player of the Year and was a two-time First Team All-MEAC selection in 2014 and 2015.
The Hinesville, Georgia native led the Tigers in batting (.363), hits (73), doubles (15), home runs (10), RBI (51) and slugging percentage (.597) during the 2014 season. he was second on the team in runs (41). Sikes was also named to the ABCA Atlantic All-Region first team and Rawlings/ABCA All-America third team at the designated hitter position, by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
In 2015, Sikes led SSU in doubles (16), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.522) and was second on the team in batting (.323), runs (31), hits (60) and RBI (37).
More than 3,100 total votes were cast, with fans, media representatives, institution sports information contacts and others taking part.
To be considered on the ballot, student-athletes must have been named to the All-MEAC First Team, MEAC Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year or Pitcher of the Year, MEAC Championship Outstanding Performer, holder of any MEAC career record or inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame.
Banks Inks Pro Football Contract
Former Savannah State University football standout Stefen Banks has signed a professional football contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Banks, who is from Columbus, Ohio, was under contract with the Stampeders in 2020 but never saw action with the team after the global pandemic caused the cancellation of the Canadian Football League season.
Banks originally signed with the Stampeders on Feb. 6, 2020, and he was released on Feb. 8, 2021. He then signed with The Spring League and earlier this month was part of the Linemen team that won the league’s Mega Bowl championship. Banks attended mini-camp with the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns in 2019.
Banks played four seasons (2015-18) at Savannah State and earned All-American honors in 2017. He also earned All- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 41 career games for the Tigers, he recorded 226 tackles including 51.5 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, six pass breakups and two interceptions.
Tigers Rank High In Baseball Stats
The NCAA recently released the final Division II baseball statistics for the 2021 season and Savannah State University ranked in the top ten in four categories, as a team.
The Tigers were second in the nation in stolen bases per game (3.43), fourth in on base percentage (.450), fifth in scoring (9.9) and sixth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.62).
Individually, Dwayne Franklin was sixth in on base percentage (.563) and Luis Lamarche was 10th in walks per game (1.00).
Savannah State ended the season with a 14-7 record and participated in the inaugural Black College World Series.