Rock baseball team picked third in PSAC West preseason poll
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Slippery Rock University earned the No. 3 spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division preseason baseball rankings released Tuesday by the conference office.
The Rock finished behind conference newcomer Seton Hill and Mercyhurst in voting by the division's head coaches.
Seton Hill received three of the eight first-place votes cast, while The Rock and Mercyhurst each received two No. 1 nods. The other first-place vote was cast for California, which finished fourth in the preseason voting.
Trailing the top four teams in the PSAC West preseason poll were, in order, defending division champion Gannon, Indians (Pa.), Pitt-Johnstown and Clarion.
The Rock, California, Gannon and Mercyhurst earned the four PSAC West berths in last year's state tournament
|Coach Jeff Messer|
Veteran SRU head coach Jeff Messer
Defending regional champion Shippensburg earned the No. 1 spot in the PSAC Eastern Division preseason poll, followed by Millersville, defending conference champion East Stroudsburg and West Chester.
Shippensburg and Millersville each received three first-place votes in the PSAC East poll, while East Stroudsburg and Mansfield each picked up one No. 1 nod.
Mansfield finished seventh in the PSAC East voting, trailing the top four teams as well as Kutztown and Bloomsburg. Lock Haven, which moved from the PSAC West to the PSAC East when the conference added Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown at the start of the 2013-14 academic year, was picked to finish last in this year's PSAC East competition.
The complete PSAC preseason baseball polls were as follows:
1. Seton Hill (3)
2. Mercyhurst (2)
3. SLIPPERY ROCK (2)
4. California, Pa. (1)
6. Indiana, Pa.
1. Shippensburg (3)
2. Millersville (3)
3. East Stroudsburg (1)
4. West Chester
7. Mansfield (1)
8. Lock Haven
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