Feb. 12, 2014
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The University of Michigan baseball team has been picked to finish tied for fifth with Illinois in the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Preseason Poll, the conference office announced Wednesday morning (Feb. 12). Michigan ended the 2013 season in a tie for fifth place with the Fighting Illini.
Indiana, who won both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in 2013, was picked to repeat as conference champions. The Hoosiers were followed by Nebraska, Ohio State and Michigan State with U-M and Illinois rounding out the preseason poll.
"We are extremely excited to start the 2014 season with Team 148," head coach Erik Bakich said about the upcoming season. "This team features a nice blend of talent and experience. We have the majority of our roster returning from last year, especially on the mound. Our long-term goal is to win Michigan's 36th Big Ten championship and our short-term goal is to get better every day. For our staff and players, this journey started back in September and we are looking forward to the process of continuous improvement all season."
In addition, sophomores Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair), Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) and Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch List. All three sophomores were named to the Freshman All-Big Ten team and were Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans in 2013.
Michigan opens the 2014 season this Friday (Feb. 14) at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos, Texas. The Maize and Blue faces host Texas State at 3:30 p.m. CST and Washington at 7 p.m. CST.
BIG TEN BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL (top six teams)
3. Ohio State
4. Michigan State
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