BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) released its 2016 Preseason Coaches' Poll Thursday (Feb. 4).
The Storm was selected to finish fourth in the South Division.
Ashland University was selected to win the South Division, receiving 64 points and ten first-place votes. Ohio Dominican University followed the Eagles, receiving 51 points and two first-place votes. Malone University came in at number three with 45 points, four more than the Storm in fourth. Tiffin University (24 points) and Walsh University (21 points) rounded out the rest of the division.
Grand Valley State University was projected as the top team in the North Division, receiving 64 points and ten first-place votes. Wayne State University received 56 points and one first-place vote while Northwood University received 42 points and a first-place vote. Saginaw Valley State University (40 points), Hillsdale College (24 points) and the University of Findlay (20 points) rounded out the North.
The Lake Erie College baseball team looks to return to the post season after just missing out last season, the first time in four years. The Storm finished with a 20-20 overall record and a 17-15 GLIAC mark. Offensively, the Storm returns former GLIAC Freshman of the Year Lucas Raley for his junior campaign. In limited action last season, Raley hit .350 with a .455 opb and .625 slg%. Joining Raley is 2015 All-GLIAC Second-Teamer Zak DeCamp. DeCamp led the Storm with 47 hits last year, hitting .333 with an obp of .423. He drove in a team-high 41 RBI on 47 hits. Louie Peterlin returns for his senior season as well. Peterlin hit .309 last season with 14 RBI.
Connor Fuller returns as the veteran of the Storm pitching staff. The senior won four games for the Storm last season. He will be joined by sophomore Brian Bullock who led the Storm with a 2.78 ERA in 2015. David Lemasters was a key contributor as both a starter and reliever last season, pitching 23.2 innings.
The Storm welcomes 14 new members to the squad this year.