Baseball Fourth in North in WVIAC Preseason Poll
01/30/13...Head Coach Todd Williams' Mountain Cats have been picked to finish fourth in the strong Northern Division in the 2013 WVIAC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll releassed on Wednesday. Ranked as high as No. 13 in several national college baseball previews and coming off its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional, Seton Hill has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2013 conference tournament championship... (Full Release) ... (WVIAC release)
Pitt-Johnstown just missed qualifying for the 2012 WVIAC Tournament and will try to get over that hump and a make a run at the title this season. The Mountain Cats boast two first-team all-conference selections in catcher Kyle Morrow (McVeytown, Pa.) and second baseman Jake Warner (Dillsburg, Pa.). Morrow started all 49 games and belted out out 53 hits, nearly half (26) of which went for extra bases. He led the team with 48 RBI and was second on the squad with 14 doubles and 12 homeruns. Warner hit .393 to finish second on the team, while posting team-highs of 66 hits, 47 runs scored and 13 steals.
The Griffins received nine WVIAC Tournament championship votes in the annual preseason balloting by the league’s baseball coaches. Concord and Fairmont State each had two championship votes while West Virginia Wesleyan was listed first on one ballot.
Seton Hill also was a near-consensus pick to defend its WVIAC North Division crown. The Griffins received 13 of the 15 first-place nods in that poll and were listed second on the other two ballots to stand head atop the North Division crowd with 103 points. Shepherd, also coming off an Atlantic Regional trip after beating Alderson-Broaddus in the finals of last year’s WVIAC Tournament, received one first-place vote and was second with 74 points while the Battlers were third. Pitt-Johnstown, Fairmont State, Wheeling Jesuit and West Liberty round out the North Division with Fairmont State picking up the lone remaining first-place vote.
The coaches made 2011 WVIAC champion Concord the overwhelming favorite in the South Division with 113 points, including 11 first-place nods. The Bobcats received two first-place votes to hold down second place in the South with 93 points. Charleston and West Virginia State each received one first-place vote with the Golden Eagles edging out the Yellow Jackets for the No. 3 spot. Davis & Elkins was fifth, followed by Ohio Valley, Bluefield State and Glenville State.
2013 WVIAC Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. *Seton Hill (13) (103 pts.)
2. Shepherd (1) (74 pts)
3. Alderson-Broaddus (69 pts.)
4. Pitt-Johnstown (63 pts.)
5. Fairmont State (1) (56 pts.)
6. Wheeling Jesuit (30 pts.)
7. West Liberty (25 pts.)
1. Concord (11) (113 pts.)
2. W.Va. Wesleyan (2) (93 pts.)
3. Charleston (1) (87 pts.)
4. W.Va. State (1) (85 pts.)
5. Davis & Elkins (66 pts.)
6. Ohio Valley (42 pts.)
7. Bluefield State (28 pts.)
8. Glenville State (25 pts.)
*-Projected WVIAC Tournament champion