Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Western Kentucky Is Sun Belt Preseason Pick

(New Orleans, LA) Western Kentucky University has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the 2009 Sun Belt baseball crown. The league's eleven coaches gave the Hilltoppers nine first-place votes, while New Orleans and Louisiana-Lafayette each received one. Western Kentucky returns all eight starters and nine members of its pitching staff from a team that won its second straight Sun Belt Conference tournament in 2008.

WKU pitcher Matt Ridings is the preseason Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, while Louisiana-Monroe shortstop Ben Soigner received preseason Player of the Year honors.

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Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll
(First-place votes) Total Points

1. Western Kentucky (9) 119
2. Troy 100
3. Louisiana-Monroe 84
4. New Orleans (1) 79
5. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) 78
6. Florida Atlantic 66
7. South Alabama 64
8. Middle Tennessee 55
9. Florida International 42
10.Arkansas State 22
11. Arkansas-Little Rock 17

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