Baseball Earns First Preseason Top 25 Ranking in School History
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Jan. 21, 2011) -- For the first time in school history, the Plattsburgh State baseball team will start the season in the national rankings Top 25 picture. The Cardinals, with 44 points, are 25th in the D3baseball.com preseason poll, which is endorsed by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The D3baseball.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, sports information directors and media members from across the country and is published weekly during the season.
Plattsburgh is expected to return most of last year's team that established or tied scores of team records, including most wins (30-10) and winning percentage (.750). Seniors Tory Bouyea (shortstop), Donny Coolidge (designated hitter/third baseman), Danny Roeser (outfielder) and juniors Pat Shaughnessy (second baseman), Dan Tracy (right-handed pitcher) were all-conference and/or all-region in 2010.
Heidelberg is the preseason No. 1 with 608 points, including 19 of 25 first-place votes. Besides Plattsburgh, Cortland -- the national runner-up last season -- is the only other team representing the State University of New York Athletic Conference in the D3baseball.com poll at No. 4 with 493 points and 1 first-place nod. Defending national champion Illinois Wesleyan is ninth with 373 points and 1 first-place vote.
Earlier this month, Plattsburgh received recognition in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll in the "receiving votes" category. If the poll were extrapolated beyond the Top 30, the Cardinals would be ranked 38th in the nation. That was the first time the program had been recognized by CBN, which has also tabbed Heidelberg as the No. 1 team.