CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The Hiram College baseball team was picked to finish 10th in the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
Defending conference champion The College of Wooster was again selected as the preseason favorite with 96 points and nine out of 10 first-place votes. DePauw (Ind.) University was second with 85 points and received one first-place vote. Rounding out the top three was Ohio Wesleyan University with 79 points.
This spring, the Terriers return the majority of their roster from a year ago with 15 letterwinners and eight players who saw significant playing time as starters. Highlighting the list of returning players will be senior All-NCAC pitcher/infielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local). Last season, was one of the top pitchers on the team starting five games, including one complete game, with a 3-2 overall record and a team-leading 4.91 earned run average amongst starting pitchers. He struck out 22 batters in 25 and two-thirds innings. Richey also made an impact as a position player starting 18-of-19 games played and ending the season with a .321 batting average (18-of-56) with three doubles, 10 runs scored and eight runs batted in.
In addition to Richey, look for seniors Eric Cameron (Akron/Green), Lee Cancilla (Cleveland/St. Ignatius), Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South), Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) and Joel Turner (Vermilion) to be the leaders this spring.
Hiram will open the 2013 season with its annual trip to Florida with play beginning on Sunday, Mar. 3. The Terriers will take on Ohio Northern University in their season opener and doubleheader in Fort Myers, Fla. as part of the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The first game against the Polar Bears is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
|2013 NCAC Preseason Coaches Poll|
|Place||School (First-Place Votes)||Points|
|2.||DePauw (Ind.) (1)||85|