FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
ST. LOUIS – Wichita State, which returns its entire weekend pitching rotation and a wealth of depth from last year’s squad, has been tabbed as the league favorite in the annual coaches’ preseason poll, receiving six of eight first-place votes.
The Shockers tallied 56 points and were a slim favorite over second-place pick Missouri State (55 points), as the Bears tallied the two remaining first-place votes.
School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Wichita State (6) 56
2. Missouri State (2) 55
3. Illinois State 46
4. Dallas Baptist 44
5. Southern Illinois 28
6. Evansville 25
7. Indiana State 23
8. Bradley 11
All eight Missouri Valley Conference baseball teams begin action the third week of February, with tournament play and non-conference games, while league battles will heat up starting Friday, March 22.
Indiana State will host the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Championship, May 22-26, in Terre Haute, Ind. All games will be played at Bob Warn Field.