SOSU Baseball Sixth in GAC Preseason Poll, ECU 10th

Southeastern will look to build on its conference tournament run from a season ago, but will open the season picked to finish sixth in the Great American Conference according to the preseason poll released on Tuesday.

Despite a 19-25 record overall and a 13-12 mark in league play, the Savage Storm advanced to the postseason tournament in 2015 as the six seed and after falling in the opener picked up a pair of wins before being eliminated in the second-to-last game of the tournament.

Southern Arkansas is the preseason favorite with 118 points and eight first place votes, with Henderson State second with 110 points and three first place votes.

Harding was third, followed by Ouachita Baptist and Arkansas Tech, with Southeastern just behind with 61 points.

Arkansas-Monticello was seventh, followed by Southwestern Oklahoma State and Oklahoma Baptist, with the Bison picking up the remaining first place vote.

East Central was 10th, followed by Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene.

SE returns its top four hitters from a season ago as well as its top two pitchers.

Dylan Helms leads the offensive group with a .381 average and 59 hits, while Brandon Grimsley hit .373 with a team-high 10 home runs.

Corban Taylor and Kaleb Thomas hit .324 and .322, respectively.

Brady Colbert posted a 6-3 record with five saves in 21 appearances a season ago, while Dylan Linke was the team's top starter with a 4-3 mark in 12 starts.

Grimsley, Thomas, Helms and Taylor each earned All-GAC honors last season.

Southeastern opens the 2015 season Jan. 30-31 with a three-game series in Laredo, Texas, against Texas A&M-International, and will make its first home appearance on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. against Oklahoma Christian.

The Storm will see its first GAC action on Feb. 19-20 when they host Northwestern Oklahoma State.

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