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@UTTylerBaseball ranked No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball Poll

Monday, January 23, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler baseball team will enter the 2017 season ranked No. 18 in the nation with the release of the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

The Patriots, who are also ranked No. 20 by d3baseball.com, are coming off winning their second straight American Southwest Conference Championship after running through the tournament as the fourth seed. UT Tyler advanced to the program’s sixth NCAA tournament where it opened the Spokane Regional with a 4-3 win over No. 14 Cal Lutheran and then a 6-4 win over No. 18 Whitworth. The Patriots, who are the only ASC team that is ranked in the preseason poll, would fall to No. 3 Trinity and Pacific Lutheran to end its 2016 season with a 32-19 overall record.

UT Tyler will be led by head coach Brent Porche in 2017 after he took over the program in August. Porche has 26 returners on the roster, including Trenton Buchhorn and Alex Bishop who earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors and Brady McCoy, Cason Adams, Graham Welch, Blake Wilson and Reese Read who are returning all-conference selections along with Buchhorn and Bishop. The returners are joined by 10 transfers and 12 players straight out of high school who will begin practice in early January and open their season on Feb. 10 against Trinity in the first of three games to start the year in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Patriots will host their first three games at the Clements Fluids Classic from Feb. 17-19 at Irwin Field. UT Tyler will play its first home game against No. 11 Trinity which is coming off winning the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship.

Rank Team (2016 Final Record) Points
  1. Cortland St., NY (43-8) 274
  2. Keystone, PA (40-11) 272
  3. Wisconsin-La Crosse (39-10) 270
  4. La Roche, PA (43-12) 267
  5. Birmingham-Southern, AL (39-13) 265
  6. Emory, GA (34-12) 264
  7. Ramapo, NJ (35-12) 262
  8. Randolph-Macon, VA (35-8-1) 259
  9. St. John Fisher, NY (39-13) 258
10. Texas Lutheran (26-15) 255
11. Trinity, TX (44-7) 253
12. Washington-St. Louis, MO (33-18) 250
13. Wisconsin-Whitewater (34-17) 248
14. Oswego St., NY (35-11) 245
15. Kean, NJ  (30-18) 243
16. College of New Jersey (32-12) 240
17. Tufts, MA (35-8) 239
18. Texas-Tyler (32-19) 237
19. Wooster, OH (37-13) 235
20. California Lutheran (31-13) 232
21. Occidental, CA (32-10) 230
22. Concordia-Chicago, IL (34-13) 228
23. Adrian, MI (30-12) 225
24. Marietta, OH (28-17) 222
25. Southern Maine (29-13) 219
26. Wartburg, IA (34-13) 216
27. North Central, IL (31-12) 214
28. Whitworth, WA (30-13) 211
29. Saint John’s, MN (32-14) 209
30. Salisbury, MD (26-12) 206
31. Wheaton, MA (31-13) 204
32. Susquehanna, PA (33-16) 201
33. Buena Vista, IA (33-11) 199
34. Luther, IA (34-14) 196
35. Shenandoah, VA (35-12) 193
36. Misericordia, PA (34-13) 192
37. Rose-Hulman, IN (32-13) 189
38. Pacific Lutheran, WA (29-19) 187
39. UMass-Boston (30-16) 184
40. Johns Hopkins, MD (28-15-2) 182


Also Receiving Votes: 
Frostburg St. (MD), St. Scholastica (MN), Case Western Reserve (OH), Otterbein (OH), Redlands (CA), Augustana (IL), Haverford (PA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), Suffolk (MA), Grinnell (IA), Thomas More (KY), Wesleyan (CT), Saint Joseph’s (ME), Ohio Wesleyan, Endicott (MA), Castleton (VT), Methodist (NC), Rowan (NJ), Concordia-St. Paul (MN), Kalamazoo (MI), Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), Amherst (MA), Beloit (WI), Monmouth (IL), Carthage (WI), Ithaca (NY), Alvernia (PA), Coe (IA), Concordia (TX), Mary Washington (VA), Rensselaer (NY), Pomona-Pitzer (CA).

Source: Collegiate Baseball

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