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February 13, 2013

Vikings picked fifth in CCIW Coaches' Poll

Coach Greg Wallace's Augustana club has been predicted for fifth place in the 2013 CCIW baseball race according to a poll of the league's coaches.

NAPERVILLE, Ill.-The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin has released the results of its pre-season baseball coaches' poll with coach Greg Wallace's Augustana club predicted for a fifth-place finish. Illinois Wesleyan was tabbed as the favorite followed by defending champion North Park.

Augustana went 25-17 in 2012 and finished tied with Wheaton and Elmhurst for third place in the conference at 11-10. The Vikings return seven of nine starting position players. That group includes seniors Kurt Schmidt (Grayslake Central HS, Grayslake, Ill.) and Grant Stewart (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.), who were both first team All-CCIW picks in 2012; junior Jacob Van Duyne (Wilmington HS, Wilmington, Ill.), a second team all-conference pick last year; and senior Jeremy Juhl (Glenbard East HS, Lombard, Ill.), a second team selection in 2011. Five of the team's top eight pitchers return as well, led by sophomore Seth Davis (Mullen HS, Aurora, Colo.), second team All-CCIW last year and senior Jared McIntosh (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa), a first team pick in 2011.  

Illinois Wesleyan (31-17 overall and 12-9 in the CCIW in 2012) received five first place votes in the poll and totaled 47 points. North Park (32-14, 14-7) had 40 points and two first place votes. Carthage (21-17, 9-12) was third with 31 points and North Central (20-19, 9-12), which received the other first-place vote, was fourth with 30 points. Augustana totaled 28 points, followed by Wheaton (22-18, 11-10 - 23 points), Elmhurst (23-20, 11-10 - 18 points) and Millikin (12-28, 7-14 - seven points).  

The Vikings open the 2013 season on February 21 against Brandeis in Winter Haven, Florida. The team's home opener at Swanson Stadium/Brunner Field is scheduled for March 22 against Monmouth.   2013

CCIW Pre-season Baseball Coaches' Poll

Rank Team Points 1st Place Votes
1 Illinois Wesleyan 47 5
2 North Park 40 2
3 Carthage 31
4 North Central 30 1
5 AUGUSTANA 28
6 Wheaton 23
7 Elmhurst 18
8 Millikin 7