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Wichita State picked to finish second in Valley baseball

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at 11:57 a.m.

Preseason poll

1. Missouri State (6 1sts), 60 points

2. Wichita State (1), 47

T3. Illinois State (1), 45

T3. Indiana State, 45

5. Southern Illinois, 36

6. Bradley, 21

7. Creighton, 18

8. Evansville, 16


C — Luke Voit, Missouri State

1B — Johnny Coy, Wichita State

2B — Chris Godinez, Bradley

3B — Zac Johnson, Illinois State

SS — Brett Kay, Illinois State

OF — Eric Aguilera, Illinois State

OF — Keenen Maddox, Missouri State

OF — Robby Ort, Indiana State

DH — Greg Partyka, Bradley

UT — Austin Montgomery, Southern Illinois

SP — Sean Manaea, Indiana State

SP — Nick Petree, Missouri State

RP — Tyler Burgess, Missouri State

RP — Todd Eaton, Southern Illinois

Wichita State is picked second in the Missouri Valley Conference coaches preseason baseball poll. The Shockers received one first-place vote.

Missouri State is the favorite after receiving 60 points and six first-place votes. Coaches gave WSU 47 points. Illinois State and Indiana State each received 45 points to tie for third.

WSU first baseman Johnny Coy was named to the all-conference team. The Shockers return six starters from a team that went 35-25 last season and finished third in the MVC (12-9).

Missouri State (40-22) returns MVC Pitcher of the Year Nick Petree and Freshman of the Year Tyler Burgess, a relief pitcher.

Pitcher Sean Manaea leads defending champion Indiana State (41-19). Manaea, a junior lefty, was named the top pitcher and outstanding pro prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer.

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