Baseball Picked Third in WVIAC North
02/07/10...Head Coach Todd Williams' Mountain Cat baseball team, coming off of a 29-15 overall record and a 9-7 mark in conference play a year ago, has been picked to finish third in the Northern Division when the 2010 WVIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll was released on Sunday. Defending WVIAC baseball champion Shepherd (WV) University is the favorite to repeat as division and conference champions... (Full WVIAC Release)
Pitt-Johnstown (29-15, 9-7) returns seven position starters, but has 21 freshmen or sophomores on a 29-player roster. Second baseman Nick Barbera (Harrisburg, Pa.) (.362-3-14) earned all-region mention last season. Outfielder Drew Westover (Flinton, Pa.) (.311-3-25) looks to have a breakout sophomore campaign, while hard-throwing right-hander Kaleb Fleck (Claysburg, Pa.) (6-2, 2.61 E.R.A.) is expected to be one of the top starters in the WVIAC after fanning 55 hitters in 48.1 innings in 2009.
The Rams garnered six votes to earn the favorite's role for this spring's conference title, while Southern Division archrivals West Virginia State University and Concord (WV) University grabbed two each. Davis & Elkins (WV) College, Pitt-Johnstown, and Seton Hill University received one first place ballot apiece for the overall title.
Shepherd outpolled Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown for the top spot in the Northern Division. West Virginia Wesleyan College outpointed Davis & Elkins and Fairmont State (WV) University in the Central Division poll. West Virginia State edged Concord for the top spot in the Southern Division race.
Complete 2010 WVIAC pre-season baseball coaches' poll
Shepherd 6, Concord 2, West Virginia State 2, Davis & Elkins 1, Pitt-Johnstown 1, Seton Hill 1.
1. Shepherd (9) 60, 2. Seton Hill (2) 49, 3. Pitt-Johnstown (2) 47, 4. West Liberty 23, 5. Wheeling Jesuit 16.
1. West Virginia Wesleyan (5) 42, 2. Davis & Elkins (4) 36, 3. Fairmont State (2) 31, 4. Alderson-Broaddus (2) 24.
NOTE: Salem International is not eligible for the 2010 WVIAC or Central Division titles.
1. West Virginia State (9) 61, 2. Concord (4) 56, 3. Charleston 31, 4. Bluefield State, 5. Ohio Valley 18.