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Wichita State picked first in MVC baseball poll

  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.


MVC preseason poll

1. Wichita State (6 first-place votes) 56 points

2. Missouri State (2) 55

3. Illinois State 46

4. Dallas Baptist 44

5. Southern Illinois 28

6. Evansville 25

7. Indiana State 23

8. Bradley 11

Preseason All-MVC

1B - Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State

2B - Chris Godinez, Bradley

SS - Jake Welch, Southern Illinois

3B - Brock Stewart, Illinois State

C - Tyler Baker, Wichita State

DH - Greg Partyka, Bradley

UT - Jake Mahon, Evansville

OF - Garrett Bayliff, Wichita State

OF - Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville

OF - Tate Matheny, Missouri State

SP - Jon Harris, Missouri State

SP - Dan Savas, Illinois State

RP - Aaron LaBrie, Wichita State

RP - Jeremy Rhoades, Illinois State

Todd Butler will start his career as Wichita State baseball coach as the Missouri Valley Conference favorite.

MVC coaches gave the Shockers six first-place votes and 56 points to put them in first, just ahead of Missouri State’s 55 points and two first-place votes.

WSU, 39-28 last season, returns its weekend pitching rotation and eight starting position players. First baseman Casey Gillaspie, catcher Tyler Baker, outfielder Garrett Bayliff and reliever Aaron LaBrie were named to the preseason All-MVC team. The Shockers won the MVC Tournament in 2013.

Defending regular-season champion Illinois State is third in the preseason poll, followed by new member Dallas Baptist.

WSU starts the season on Feb. 14 against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Eck Stadium.

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