WICHITA, Kan The Wichita State baseball team has been voted first in the annual Missouri Valley Conference baseball preseason coaches poll.
The Shockers accumulated 56 points and six first-place votes in the poll. Missouri State was picked second in the poll with 55 points and two first-place votes, while Illinois State was picked to finish third with 46 points.
Four Shockers earned preseason all-Valley honors including junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie, junior catcher Tyler Baker, senior outfielder Garrett Bayliff and senior relief pitcher Aaron LaBrie.
Baker was a first team all-Valley selection in 2013, while Gillaspie and Bayliff were second team selections and LaBrie was honorable mention.
The Shockers open play on Fri., Feb. 14 against SIU Edwardsville at 3 p.m. at Eck Stadium.
Valley Preseason Poll
1. Wichita State (6) 56
2. Missouri State (2) 55
3. Illinois State 46
4. Dallas Baptist 44
5. Southern Illinois 28
6. Evansville 25
7. Indiana State 23
8. Bradley 11
Preseason All-Valley Team
1B – Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
2B – Chris Godinez, Bradley
3B – Brock Stewart, Illinois State
SS – Jake Welch, Southern Illinois
C – Tyler Baker, Wichita State
UT – Jake Mahon, Evansville
DH – Greg Partyka, Bradley
OF – Garrett Bayliff, Wichita State
OF – Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville
OF – Tate Matheny, Missouri State
SP – Jon Harris, Missouri State
SP – Dan Savas, Illinois State
RP – Aaron LaBrie, Wichita State
RP – Jeremy Rhoades, Illinois State