Bemidji State, which finished 10-35 overall in 2004 and 3-15 in NSIC play, picked up 38 points in the poll. BSU missed a sixth-place finish in the pre-season rankings by four points, as the University of Mary picked up 42 points in the tally of the league’s coaches.
Defending NSIC regular season and Tournament Champion Wayne State (Neb.) was selected as 2007 preseason favorite for the fourth year in a row, picking up 80 points along with eight first place votes. Winona State edged out Concordia-St. Paul for the second spot as the Warriors tallied 67 points with the Golden Bears tallying 65 points in the poll.
Southwest Minnesota State was picked to finish fourth with 63 points and picked up one first place vote. Upper Iowa (55) and University of Mary (42) were fifth and sixth, respectively, followed by BSU. Northern State (34) and Minnesota, Crookston (24) rounded out the poll.
Northern State junior third baseman Adam Kampsen was picked as NSIC Pre-Season Player of the Year, while Wayne State’s Travis Mortimore was tabbed as the league’s Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year.
BSU's Eric Pilgrim (OF, Sr., Park Rapids, Minn.) and Chad
Schwegel (RHP, Sr., St. Cloud, Minn.) were listed amongst
the league's players and pitchers to watch, respectively.
Pilgrim enters his senior campaign as Bemidji State's lone returning All-Conference player. Pilgrim notched a .305 batting average and a .395 on base percentage last season which was third on the team. Pilgrim also recorded 43 hits along with 21 walks, second on the team. Pilgrim appeared in 44 of 45 games last year, starting every game he appeared in. He struck out just 16 times in 141 at-bats.
Schwegel started five games appearing in nine contsts in
his junior campaign with the Beavers. Shwegel earned team
best 3-3 mark in the 2006 season. The three wins lead the
Beavers. Schwegel pitched 40 innings with a 6.07 earned run
average picking up 26 strike outs while walking just 10 batters
in those 40 innings. Schwegel was also one of two pitchers
to pick up a save for the Beavers last season.
Bemidji State opens its 2007 baseball campaign on Feb. 23, when it opens a four-game series at Emporia (Kan.) State. The Beavers and Hornets will play two nine inning games with a double-header on Feb. 24. The first pitch on Feb. 23 is set for 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Bemidji State’s first fifteen games of the season will be on the road, before it’s home opener on Mar. 27 against Minnesota Duluth.
2007 Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll
1. Wayne State (8), 80
2. Winona State, 67
3. Concordia-St. Paul, 65
4. SW Minnesota State (1), 63
5. Upper Iowa, 55
6. University of Mary, 42
7. Bemidji State, 38
8. Northern State, 34
9. Minnesota, Crookston (24)