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Wright State is pick of coaches
in tight Horizon League
State edged defending champion Milwaukee at the top of the 2011
Horizon League preseason poll, in voting by the league head
coaches and released by the conference office.
The Raiders, the 2010 regular-season champs,
received three first-place votes, as did the Panthers. Wright
State had 32 points, one more than Milwaukee.
UIC earned the final
first-place vote and came in third with 27 points, followed by
Valparaiso, Butler, Youngstown State and Cleveland State.
Wright State returns three junior all-conference
performers in pitcher Casey Henn (pictured right), infielder
Jake Hibberd and catcher Garrett Gray. Skipper Rob Cooper was
the 2010 Horizon League Coach of the Year.
Milwaukee also brings back three all-league
players in senior infielder Cole Kraft, senior DH Sam Sivilotti
and junior utility player Paul Hoenecke.
The 2011 campaign kicks off on Friday, Feb. 18.
The 2011 Horizon League Championship will be held May 25-28 at
Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. The six-team
double-elimination event will be hosted by Wright State.
Horizon Preseason Poll
Team, Points (First place) (2010 Horizon,
1. Wright State, 32 (3) (17-6, 31-25)
2. Milwaukee, 31 (3) (17-8, 33-26)
3. UIC, 27 (1) (15-9, 24-30)
4. Valparaiso, 24 (9-10, 24-32)
5. Butler, 13 (11-13, 21-29)
5. Youngstown State, 13 (9-17, 22-34)
7. Cleveland State, 7 (5-20, 12-43)
(photo courtesy of Wright State
Media Relations Office)