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Wichita State leads MVC Preseason Poll
Wichita State received seven of eight 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 winner of last season’s MVC Tournament, the
Shockers tallied 57 points to finish ahead of second-place
Missouri State, which had 52 points. Creighton received one
first-place vote and 50 points to take third, followed by
Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Indiana State, Evansville and
Wichita State returns seven starters and 19
letterwinners. The pitching staff brings back its top three
starters, including honorable mention All-American Tim Kelley,
who was 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 2009.
Missouri State won the 2009 MVC regular-season
crown and returns five starters and eight pitchers. The Bears
must replace the 2009 MVC Player and Pitcher of the Year,
Brayden Drake and Buddy Baumann, respectively.
Creighton returns six starters and several
pitchers from last season’s squad. The Bluejays led the NCAA in
fielding percentage (.984) and bring back shortstop Elliot Soto
and third baseman Jimmy Swift.
The season begins on Feb. 19, with conference
play starting on March 26.
2010 Predicted Order of Finish
(2009 MVC/overall records, points, first-place
1 Wichita State (11-7, 30-27) 57 (7)
2 Missouri State (17-5, 34-20) 52
3 Creighton (14-9, 31-25) 50 (1)
4 Illinois State (11-11, 25-23) 38
5 Southern Illinois (11-9, 24-28) 33
6 Indiana State (15-7, 33-21) 29
7 Evansville (7-17, 25-30) 16
8 Bradley (4-17, 17-31) 13