By Tatiana Monsen
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Capital Athletic Conference announced the 2016 Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll on Tuesday, with Southern Virginia University picked to finish tenth in the conference.
Under the direction of head coach Logan Mann, the Knights hope to once again improve their 9-23 record from last season and have their eyes set on their first CAC playoff bid.
"We want to compete in everything we do. We feel that if we can compete and do the little things right we will be successful," Coach Mann said in an interview with the CAC (watch the full interview here).
The Knights are returning 14 players including multiple key positions in their starting lineup. Seniors Justin King, Zach McNally, Jordan Keefer, Josh Hilburn, and Crosby Jensen will all play a significant role in helping the Knights be successful this season.
Southern Virginia will also rely on pitchers Seth Burris and Tayler Peterson, along with a couple of incoming arms. Outfielder Ryan Saunders was second on the team and with a .328 hitting average last season and returns to the lineup. Also returning is shortstop Ryan Morin.
The Knights opened their season on Friday, February 3 against William Peace in Raleigh, North Carolina.
2017 CAC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Salisbury (6 first-place votes) – 77 points
2. Frostburg State (1 first-place vote) – 69 points
3. Marymount (2 first-place votes) – 68 points
4. Christopher Newport (1 first-place vote) – 61 points
5. Mary Washington – 41 points
6. Penn State-Harrisburg – 39 points
7. Wesley – 37 points
8. York – 29 points
9. St. Mary's – 16 points
10. Southern Virginia – 13 points