By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Morgan State Lady Bears softball team is headed to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship Tournament and they’re favorites to win it all after finishing the regular season with easily the best record in the MEAC.
Morgan State edged out crosstown rival, Coppin State, 1-0, in the regular season finale on April 29, giving the Lady Bears a 27-15 overall record, 15-3 against MEAC. It marked the best softball team record in school history, breaking a 20-year record; Morgan State had won 25 games back in 1998. They also clinched their first ever MEAC North Division title.
The Morgan State Lady Bears are ranked number one heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. (Courtesy photo)
Senior pitcher Amy Begg has been one of the catalysts behind Morgan State’s historical success this season. Begg started in 21 games for the Lady Bears and earned an impressive 15-6 record along the way. Begg was named MEAC Pitcher of the Year in 2017 and could end up winning it again after breaking her own school record this year with eight shutouts recorded in a single season; the six-foot-two-inches tall pitcher tossed seven shutouts last year. Begg also owns five other Morgan State pitching records, including most career strikeouts with 501.
Morgan State will take the No. 1 seed into the MEAC Tournament, scheduled for May 9-11, in Ormond Beach, Fla. They’ll face No. 4 seed North Carolina Central in the opening round.