Southeastern baseball picked to finish eighth in GAC
DURANT, Okla. (SE) - Southeastern opens the 2015 season picked to finish eighth in the 2015 Great American Conference Preseason Poll released on Wednesday afternoon.
The Savage Storm enter the 2015 following a 23-21 season that ended by winning seven of its last nine games, but finished tied for seventh with a 14-16 conference record.
SE loses its top hitter from a season ago, but returns three of its top five in Jacob Carter, Brayon Colley and Cody Coats.
In all, the Storm returns six players who started at least half the team's games in the field.
The team's top starter by ERA also returns in Nick Johnson who posted a 3-4 record despite carrying a 3.92 ERA.
He is joined by Matthew Benedict and Jonathon Daily who combined to make 25 appearances last season, with Benedict earning a start and posting a 3-1 record with one save.
Southeastern will also welcome 17 newcomers or players who did not play last season to the roster with six of them joining the pitching staff.
The Storm finished with 45 points in the poll, just five points behind a tie for sixth between East Central and Ouachita Baptist.
Southern Arkansas was named the favorite with 97 points and seven first place votes, while Arkansas Tech was close behind with 93 points and the remaining four first place votes.
Arkansas-Monticello was third with 76 points, with Southwestern Oklahoma State and Harding rounding out the top five.
Henderson State was ninth behind SE with 34 points, while Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene rounded out the poll.
The Storm open the 2015 season with a road trip to Texas A&M-International on the first weekend of the season and will open its home schedule on Feb. 7 with a noon double-header against Cameron at The Ballpark in Durant.