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December 28, 2007

USI baseball ranked 10th in preseason poll

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team was ranked 10th in the NCAA Division II Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Poll. This is the first time the USI baseball team has been ranked in the preseason since 1995.

The preseason rankings reflect the Screaming Eagles fantastic finish of the 2007 campaign. The Eagles concluded last spring with a school record 43 victories (43-23 overall), won their first North Central Regional crown, and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championship Series.

From the GLVC, USI is joined in the preseason poll by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, which was ranked 24th. Northern Kentucky University was unranked, but did receive votes for the top 40 poll.

USI begins practice on January 10 and starts the regular season on February 9 at Armstrong Atlantic State University.


Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Div. II Pre-Season Poll
(as of Dec. 26) (www.baseballnews.com)
School, 2007 Final Record
  1. Tampa, 53-10
  2. Columbus St., 51-19
  3. Florida Southern, 44-16
  4. Mesa St., 49-14
  5. Abilene Christian, 47-13
  6. Mount Olive, 49-13
  7. Franklin Pierce, 49-11
      Tusculum, 50-14
  9. Angelo St., 51-20
10. Southern Indiana, 43-23
11. Delta St., 45-16
12. Ouachita Baptist, 50-10
13. Grand Valley St., 45-9
14. Georgia Coll. & St., 46-16
15. U.C. San Diego, 37-25
16. Montevallo, 47-16
17. Cal. St. Los Angeles, 45-17-1
18. Emporia St., 41-24
19. Cal. St. Chico, 47-15
20. Central Missouri, 51-13
21. North Georgia Coll. & St., 34-22
22. West Chester, 33-17
23. Minnesota St.-Mankato, 45-10
24. SIU-Edwardsville, 37-17
25. Francis Marion, 36-18
26. California, PA, 36-17
27. Ashland, 38-9
28. St. Edwards, 43-15
29. West Florida, 43-19
30. Slippery Rock, 35-17
31. South Carolina-Aiken, 39-24
32. Southern Arkansas, 41-17
33. Wayne St., NE, 37-16
34. Nebraska-Omaha, 37-24
35. Barry, 32-23-1
36. Nova Southeastern, 36-19
37. Kutztown, 49-7
38. Adelphi, 35-17
39. Shippensburg, 28-24
40. Lynn, 32-24

Also receiving votes: Western Oregon, Ft. Hays St., Carson-Newman, Northern Kentucky, North Alabama, Belmont Abbey, and Erskine.


Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information


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