RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. (ECU) - After finishing tied for seventh a season ago, the East Central University baseball team has been picked to finish tied for sixth in the 2015 Great American Conference Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Tigers, who were 26-23 overall and 14-16 in the GAC in 2014, earned 50 points in the poll and were tied with Ouachita Baptist for sixth. Southern Arkansas was picked to finish first, with 97 points and seven first-place votes. Arkansas Tech was a close second with 93 points and four first-place votes. Arkansas-Monticello was third (76), Southwestern Oklahoma State fourth (67) and Harding fifth (60).
Rounding out the final four spots in the poll are Southeastern Oklahoma State in eighth (45), Henderson State in ninth (34), Northwestern Oklahoma State 10th (20) and Southern Nazarene in 11th (13).
ECU returns a total of 22 letter winners, including nine starters from the 2013 season, losing just nine players.
The Tigers will open the season, Sunday, Feb. 1 with a non-conference double-header at Cameron at noon.