Sun Belt Conference Announces Preseason All-Conference Team;WKU Picked Seventh

By: Kyle Allen - WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kyle Allen - WKU Athletic Media Relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Sun Belt Conference released its 2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball Team on Monday, along with the predicted order of finish for all 10 league teams. WKU was picked to finish seventh following a vote by the league's head coaches, while no Hilltopper student-athletes were chosen for preseason all-conference honors.

The Hilltoppers went 13-17 in league play last season, capping off the year with a win in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament held in Bowling Green. WKU returns 17 letterwinners off a team that went 25-33 in 2012, while welcoming in 14 newcomers for the 2013 campaign.

WKU also returns over 90 percent of its innings pitched this season, to go along with the expected return of junior ace Tanner Perkins, who was lost for the majority of the 2012 season after suffering a season-ending arm injury in early March. Perkins will join senior reliever Taylor Haydel, who returns after leading the Sun Belt Conference with a 2.35 ERA in 2012, which marked the second consecutive season that a WKU pitcher led the conference in ERA, as Perkins accomplished that feat in 2011.

The Hilltoppers will open the 2013 season on Friday, February 15, hosting Bowling Green State at Nick Denes Field at 3:00 PM (CT). The game will begin a six-game homestand for WKU to open the season, as the Hilltoppers will host Central Michigan for three games the following weekend.

Season and single-game tickets are on sale now through the WKU Ticket Office in E.A. Diddle Arena, or by calling 1-800-5 BIG RED.

2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball Team

Chance Cleveland (UALR, Senior, RHP)

Austin Gomber (Florida Atlantic, Sophomore, LHP)

Michael Ellis (FIU, Junior, RHP)

Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee, Sophomore, LHP)

Nate Hill (Troy, Senior, LHP)

Aramis Garcia (FIU, Sophomore, Catcher)

Mark Nelson (Florida Atlantic, Senior, 1B)

Logan Kirkland (South Alabama, Sophomore, 2B)

Dustin Jones (Arkansas State, Junior, SS)

Logan Pierce (Troy, Senior, 3B)

Logan Uxa (Arkansas State, Senior, OF)

Trent Miller (Middle Tennessee, Junior, OF)

Danny Collins (Troy, Junior, OF)

Whitt Dorsey (South Alabama, Senior, DH)

Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, Junior, UTIL)

2013 Preseason Player of the Year

Logan Pierce (Troy, Senior, 3B)

2013 Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Chance Cleveland (UALR, Senior, RHP)

2013 SBC Coaches Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)

1. Florida Atlantic (5) - 89 pts

2. FIU (1) - 85 pts

3. South Alabama - 67 pts

4. Troy - 61 pts

5. Arkansas State (1) - 60 pts

6. Middle Tennessee (1) - 56 pts

7. Western Kentucky - 42 pts

8. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) - 39 pts

9. Louisiana-Monroe (1) - 31 pts

10. UALR - 20 pts


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