- Northern Kentucky University has been selected to repeat as Great
Lakes Valley Conference baseball champion by the league coaches,
the GLVC office released Wednesday.
168 total points and 12 first-place votes to easily outdistance
Rockhurst for the top spot in the 2007 preseason poll. Rockhurst
finished with 146 total points and the remaining two first-place
votes. Quincy followed in third with 142 total points.
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville tallied 138 total points to finish
fourth in the poll and was followed by Saint Joseph’s to round
out the top five.
NKU posted a 42-20-1 record in 2006 and returns a strong nucleus
of talent from last season’s championship squad. Senior shortstop
Kory Lonergan and senior left-handed pitcher Josh Bruns were first
team All-GLVC selections last spring, and senior right-hander Matt
Marksbury - a second team All-GLVC pick - is also back to solidify
the Norse pitching staff.
Dixie Heights High School graduate, batted .292 with 10 doubles
and 26 runs batted in. He also stole 23 bases and scored a team-leading
to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division
II preseason All-America Team, posted an 8-2 record with a 2.86
earned run average last season. The 6-foot-2 left-hander struck
out 64 batters and walked just 11 in 78 2/3 innings on the mound
as NKU captured the GLVC championship and advanced to the NCAA Division
Norwood High School graduate, finished with a 6-3 record and a 2.09
ERA last season. He also hurled two shutouts and walked just 15
batters in 77 2/3 innings on the mound.
led NKU to a 36-11-1 conference record last season and collected
the school’s third title in the last five years. He was also
named GLVC Coach of the Year in 2006.
Rockhurst and SIUE are ranked in Collegiate Baseball's preseason
NCAA Division II poll. The Norse are ranked 23rd, Quincy is 27th,
Rockhurst is 34th, and SIUE is 37th.
NKU begins the
season Feb. 17 with a doubleheader at Delta State. The Norse conclude
that series with a single game Feb. 18.
(first-place votes) - total points
1. Northern Kentucky (12) 168
2. Rockhurst (2) 146
3. Quincy 142
4. SIU Edwardsville 138
5. Saint Joseph’s 114
6. Indianapolis 106
7. Bellarmine 87
8. Southern Indiana 86
9. Missouri-St. Louis 81
10. Kentucky Wesleyan 68
11. UW-Parkside 53
12. Missouri-Rolla 36
13. Lewis 25
14. Drury 24