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Missouri State Sits Atop MVC Preseason Poll
Missouri State received eight of nine first-place
votes to claim the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference
Preseason Poll, in voting by the league’s head coaches and
released by the conference office.
The Bears accumulated 80 points to finish ahead
of second-place Creighton, which had 66 points. Defending
champion Wichita State garnered the remaining first-place vote
and had 63 points, followed by Southern Illinois, Bradley,
Indiana State, Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Evansville.
Missouri State returns five position starters and
11 pitchers from a team that registered 40 wins in 2008. On the
mound, the big Bear will be Tim Clubb, the reigning MVC Pitcher
of the Year. He was a perfect 11-0 a season ago. Brayden Drake
and junior All-American Ben Carlson, both Preseason All-MVC
selections, will pace the offense.
The Jays return four starters and their top three
starting pitchers, including Jeremy Hauer, who paced Creighton
with eight victories a year ago.
The Shockers won their 16th MVC tournament title
in 2008 and advanced to their second straight Super Regional.
WSU has just two starters and 13 lettermen back.
MVC Preseason Poll
1. Missouri State (8) 80 (40-17, 18-6)
2. Creighton 66 (37-21, 16-8)
3. Wichita State (1) 63 (48-17, 19-5)
4. Southern Illinois 45 (34-23, 12-12)
5. Bradley 39 (26-28, 10-14)
6. Indiana State 34 (18-32, 9-15)
7. Northern Iowa 33 (30-24, 14-10)
8. Illinois State 28 (22-30, 6-18)
9. Evansville 17 (14-42, 4-20)
Preseason All-MVC Team
1B Ben Carlson, Jr., Missouri State
2B Scott Elmendorf, Sr., Southern Illinois
3B Brayden Drake, Sr., Missouri State
SS Elliot Soto, So., Creighton
C Mark Kelly, Sr., Southern Illinois
DH/1B Darin Ruf, Sr., Creighton
UTIL Brett Douglas, Sr., Northern Iowa
OF Ryan Jones, Jr., Wichita State
OF Robbie Knight, Jr., Creighton
OF Colby Luttrell, Sr., Bradley
SP Tim Clubb, Jr., Missouri State
SP Ryan Copeland, Jr., Illinois State
RP Bryant George, Jr., Southern Illinois
RP Kori Jensen, Sr., Bradley