Sam Houston State Baseball Team picked to finish fourth in SLC Head Coaches Poll

Texas-Arlington and Texas State-San Marcos have been picked as the favorites in the West Division and McNeese State is the front runner in East Division in the annual preseason poll of Southland Conference baseball coaches for 2007.

As with basketball and volleyball, Southland Conference baseball begins division play in 2007.

The league’s baseball head coaches’ predicted order of finish in the West Division is UTA and Texas State-San Marcos tied for first, Texas-San Antonio third, Sam Houston State University fourth, Stephen F. Austin fifth, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sixth.

Following McNeese in the East preseason list are Lamar, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls State, and Central Arkansas.

Last year, McNeese State won its first regular season conference title since 2000 with a 35-20 overall mark while going 22-8 in league play. In this year’s poll, the Cowboys claimed eight first place votes from the coaches, with Lamar taking three and Northwestern State one.

In the coaches’ poll, the Mavericks took five first place votes to the Bobcats four.

The 2007 preseason All-Southland Conference teams have been announced and Bearkat first baseman Karl Krailo is a first team selection. Krailo hit .333 for the Bearkats last season with 20 doubles and seven home runs.

Returning players who were named All-SLC following the 2006 season were automatically placed on the 2007 preseason teams. Open positions were filled by a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Sam Houston State, under the direction of new head coach Mark Johnson, will begin 2007 baseball action Feb. 8 through 10 with a three-game series against Brigham Young University at the Bearkat baseball complex.

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