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2011 CBD Season Preview: Horizon League

Wright State won the 2010 Horizon League Regular Season title with a 17-6 overall record. Milwaukee finished in the runners-up position a game back with a 17-8 record while Illinois-Chicago finished third with a 15-9 record. Valparaiso came in fourth at 9-10 and Butler finished 11-13 for a fifth place finish. Youngstown State came in sixth with a 9-17 record and Cleveland State rounded out the conference with a 5-20 mark.

In the 2010 Horizon League Postseason Tournament, the Milwaukee Panthers went 4-1 with two victories over Valparaiso and Wright State while losing a game to Wright State also to win the conference’s automatic NCAA bid. They were sent to the Tempe, Arizona Regional where they went 0-2 with losses to Arizona State (6-2) and San Diego (22-1) to end their season.

Butler (21-29 overall, 11-13 Horizon League)
Top Returnees
Sr. OF Corey Moylan (.369 BA, 3 HR, 37 RBI)
Sr. IF Luke Duncan (.342 BA, 27 RBI, 5-8 SB)
Jr. RHP Mike Hernandez (4-5, 5.72 ERA)

Key Losses
Kyle Schultz (.333 BA, 2 HR, 24 RBI)
Joe Ochs (3-5, 5.65 ERA)

Cleveland State (12-43 overall, 5-20 Horizon League)
Top Returnees
Jr. IF Tyler Wynn (.309 BA, 11 HR, 38 RBI)
Jr. OF Alex Johnson (.304 BA, HR, 20 RBI, 18-22 SB)
Sr. LHP Anthony Sambula (4-6, 5.90 ERA)

Key Losses
Kyle Shaffer (.336 BA, 10 HR, 59 RBI)
Pat Shedlock (1-6, 6.50 ERA)

Illinois Chicago (24-30 overall, 15-9 Horizon League)
Top Returnees
Sr. IF/OF Matt Serna (.379 BA, 2 HR, 49 RBI, 11-17 SB)
Sr. OF Steve McGuiggan (,355 BA, 6 HR, 35 RBI)
So. LHP Tim Suminski (3-6, 8.57 ERA)

Key Losses
Chris Rutta (.353 BA, 13 HR, 62 RBI)
Michael Heesch (6-6, 5.68 ERA)

Milwaukee (33-26 overall, 17-8 Horizon League)
Top Returnees

Jr. 3B Paul Hoenecke (.308, 36 R, 68 H, 17 2B, 3 HR, 31 RBI)
Sr. SS Cole Kraft (.350, 48 R, 78 H, 21 2B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 6 SB)
DH/OF Sam Sivilotti (.352, 28 R, 62 H, 10 2B, 37 RBI, 8 SB)
Sr. P Chad Pierce (7-5 W-L, 4.03 ERA, 102.2 IP, 64 K)

Key Losses
Tim Patzman (.417 BA, 5 HR, 34 RBI)
Lucas Annen (3-1, 7.23 ERA)

Wright State (31-25 overall, 17-6 Horizon League)
Key Returnees
Jake Hibberd (.369 BA, 1 HR, 54 RBI
Jr. RHP Casey Henn (7-0, 3.19 ERA, .241 BAA)

Key Losses
Casey McGrew (.383 BA, 5 HR, 48 RBI, 8-13 SB)
Quentin Cate (.367 BA, 8 HR, 67 RBI)
Jon Durket (2-3, 3.99 ERA)

Valparaiso (24-32 overall, 9-10 Horizon League)
Key Returnees
Sr. IF Ryan O’Gara (.388 BA, 6 HR, 26 RBI)
Jr. OF Kyle Gaedele (.373 BA, 7 HR, 63 RBI

Key Losses
Kyle Muhlsteff (.339 BA, 6 HR, 29 RBI

Youngstown State (22-34 overall, 9-17 Horizon League)
Top Returnees
Sr. OF Joe Iacobuccia (.369 BA, 10 HR, 52 RBI)
Jr. 1B Jeremy Banks (.313 BA, 5 HR, 37 RBI)
Sr. RHP Phil Klein (2-4, 6.51 ERA)

Key Losses
Tom Clayton (.412 BA, 10 HR, 47 RBI)
Jacke Healey (.356 BA, 12 HR, 59 RBI)
Aaron Swenson (8-1, 5.60 ERA)

Predictions
1. Wright State
2. Milwaukee
3. Illinois-Chicago
4. Valparaiso
5. Butler
6. Cleveland State
7. Youngstown State

Projected Player of the Year: Kyle Gaedele (Valparaiso)
Projected Pitcher of the Year: Casey Henn (Wright State)
Series to Watch: Wright State at Milwaukee (April 22nd-23rd)