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Baseball Tabbed Second in IIAC Preseason Coaches Poll

Mar. 1, 2013

Storm Lake, Iowa

The Buena Vista baseball team tallied 48 total points, including a pair of first-place votes and finished second in the 2013 Iowa Conference Preseason Coaches Poll which was released Friday morning.

Wartburg College, which finished third in the 2012 IIAC regular season race, received four first place votes and a total of 52 points to earn a spot atop this year’s preseason poll.

The Beavers are coming off a season in which they finished 24-19 overall (13-11 IIAC) and tied for fourth in the regular season standings.  They then went on to fall to Coe College in the championship game of the IIAC Tournament.

BVU returns 19 letterwinners, including nine position players and 10 pitchers, despite losing a trio of All-IIAC individuals (Michael Dirkx, James Stone and Brock Yossi) to graduation.

The Beavers finished two points ahead of Central College, last year’s regular season champion, and eight clear of the Kohawks, who are picked fourth.

“We gained a lot of experience last year,” said 13th-year head coach Steve Eddie.  “In order to contend for the top spots in the league this year, our returners will have to make some improvements in all three phases. The new four-game series format will require the champion to rely on consistent play and depth. Whoever gets our automatic bid should be ready to make a deep run in the regional.”

Eddie and his squad will get their season underway this Sunday evening against North Park University at 5:00pm in Sauget, Ill..  The team will then play a doubleheader on Monday against #11 Webster University (10:00am) before wrapping up the trip at Washington University (Mo.) (2:00pm).

Rank    

School (1st place votes)    

Points     

2012 Record

1

Wartburg (4)

52

(23-20, 14-10 IIAC)

2

Buena Vista (2)

48

(24-19, 13-11 IIAC)

3

Central (2)

46

(29-11, 19-5 IIAC)

4

Coe

40

(29-17, 15-9 IIAC)

5

Luther

29

(25-20, 13-11 IIAC)

6

Dubuque

22

(18-22, 6-18 IIAC)

 

Simpson

22

(18-24, 12-12 IIAC)

8

Loras

21

(22-18, 11-13 IIAC)

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