BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) released its 2015 Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll Wednesday (Feb. 11).
The Lake Erie College baseball team was selected to finish second in the GLIAC South Division, receiving 49 points and three first-place votes. The results mark the highest the Storm has been tabbed in the annual poll since joining the GLIAC in 2011 season.
Ashland University was selected to win the South Division, receiving 55 points and seven first-palce votes. Following the Storm in third was Ohio Dominican University, who received 44 points and two first-place votes. Tiffin University (32 points), Walsh University (22 points) and Malone University (nine points) round out the rest of the division.
Grand Valley State University was tabbed as the top team in the North Division, receiving 61 points and 11 first-place votes. Wayne State University was tabbed at number two, receiving 51 points and 11 first-place vote. Saginaw Valley State University (41 points), Hillsdale College (24 points), Northwood University (22 points) and the University of Findlay (17 points) round out the rest of the North Division.
The poll was released in conjunction with the launch of the baseball media day site, which features previewd from all teams.
After their most successful season to date in 2014, the Storm baseball team has high hopes for 2015. Last season, the Storm finished with a 32-22 record and their first appearance in the NCAA Midwest Regionals. Lucas Raley returns for the Storm after being named GLIAC Freshman of the Year and earning All-Midwest Region honors last year. Raley hit .353 with 65 hits, nine homeruns and 46 RBI. Zak DeCamp and Heath Kelley are also back for the Storm after earning All-GLIAC accolades last season. DeCamp hit .306 last season with 28 RBI. Kelley had a 2.85 era in 66.1 innings. The Storm pitching staff also returns seniors Brad Raley and Russ Hogue. Raley led the Storm starters with six wins last season with 52 strikeouts and a 3.52 ERA. Hogue compiled a 4.26 ERA over 62.2 innings.
The Storm kicks off the season Feb. 21 at Kentucky State University.