Northern Sun Preseason Coaches Poll Released


Yesterday, the Northern Sun Conference released their preseason coaches poll and a surprise team sits atop the projected standings Northern Sun Press Release


St. Paul, MN. – The defending NSIC Tournament Champions of Minnesota State University, Mankato were the top pick in the 2010 NSIC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll. This marks the first time since 2003 that Wayne State has not been selected by the NSIC Baseball Coaches as the preseason favorite. Minnesota State amassed 151 points after receiving seven first place votes (coaches can’t vote for their own team) to edge Wayne State’s 148 points and five first place votes.
SMSU, the last NSIC team besides Wayne State to earn the coaches nod, had 120 points while Winona State had 118 and St. Cloud State had 114 points and a first place vote.

In addition to the poll, coaches named their Preseason Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year –

NSIC Preseason Players of the Year
Photo#20 Joe Wendte
OF, 5-11, Sr.,
South Sioux City, Neb.
Heelan HS
Wayne State College

Wendte was named to the 2009 Rawlings/ABCA All-American 1st Team as well as being named the 2009 NSIC Player of the Year. He hit .396 last season with 14 homers and a team-high 67 RBI’s to help the Wildcats win a sixth straight Northern Sun Conference regular season title. He set a new school record with 83 runs scored, which ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, and had a team-high 51 walks to rank eighth in NCAA Division II. Wendte was a three-time NSIC Player of the Week last season and he led the Wildcats in hits (78), doubles (20), stolen bases (19), slugging percentage (.741) and on-base percentage (.527). Wendte also received First Team Daktronics Inc. All-Central Region honors last season.

NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Photo#23 Adam Schrader
RHP, 6-3, 205, Sr., R/R Easton, Minn.
United South Central HS
Southwest Minnesota State University

Schrader finished 5-1 last season with a 3.88 earned run average in 11 appearances, including 10 starts. He was named the team’s most valuable pitcher and a second team all-region honoree in 2009 as he led the Mustangs in innings pitched (60.1), complete games (3) and strikeouts (67). He begins the 2010 season ranking fourth in school history in strikeouts (182), seventh in games started (36) and ninth in innings pitched (188.2). Against Winona State last season, Schrader recorded a school record 15 strikeouts as he broke the previous record of 14 set by Dean Champine in 1973.

While there should be no question about naming Wendte, the naming of Schrader is a little more surprising.  Schrader didn’t get named to either the Conference’s 1st or 2nd team All-Conference teams last spring and there are plenty of players who were that are returning and had better stats. 

12 Responses to “Northern Sun Preseason Coaches Poll Released”

  1. 1 John Plasha Sr January 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    No Comment!

  2. 2 IMAFAN January 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Not acceptable.
    Lets get your picks in writing early so we can give you grief the rest of the year.

    • 3 John Plasha Sr January 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      Hey IMA, your a funny guy! But momma always told me never to back away from a double dare so I’ll think about it for a little while and get back to you. Of course # 1 is easy but I’ll have to think about the next 12 for a little bit before I go public.

  3. 4 Wow January 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    The triple double dare always got me in hot water. Conference schedules are the same as last year.

    1. Wayne
    2. Winona
    3. MNSU
    4. St. Cloud
    5. Augustana Again toughest schedule in conference 6. SMSU Weakest Schedule in conference
    7. Upper Iowa
    8. Concordia
    9. UMD
    10. Bemiji
    ll. Mary
    12. Crookston
    13. Northern

  4. 5 fishingmn January 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I think Minnesota State will finish #2 but I like every other position on this list.

  5. 6 TheHunter January 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    1. Saint Cloud
    2. Mankato
    3. SWMS
    4. Wayne
    5. Winona
    6. Auggie
    7. Upper Iowa
    8. Concordia
    9. Northern
    10. Mary
    11. BSU
    12. Duluth
    13. Crookston

    • 7 John Plasha Sr January 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      Very Interesting Mr. Hunter. Good Luck!!

    • 8 fishingmn January 26, 2010 at 7:10 am

      As I’ve stated before, I’ve been very impressed with St. Cloud’s recent recruiting. Add that to a pretty good pitching staff and it’s certainly possible that they will be competing for the top spot this year.

      I can’t see Wayne finishing 4th but they aren’t guaranteed to finish 1st either.

      That said, I really don’t like the bottom of this list. Anyone who watched Northern State last year would realize that they were in way over their heads. The chances of them finishing above #12 are extremely remote.

      • 9 Stat Rat February 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

        1. Bemidji
        2. Augustana
        3. Wayne
        4. St cloud
        5. Crookston
        6. St thomas
        7. UW lacrosse
        8. Northern
        12. Mary
        13. minnesota morris
        14. UND

  6. 10 John Plasha Sr January 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    #1 WSC
    #2 St. Cloud
    #3 MNSU
    #4 Augustana
    #5 Winona
    #6 SWMS
    #7 Concordia
    #8 Upper Iowa

  7. 11 imafan January 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Those X’s in the lower section? Did you forget the O’s – for Hugs and kisses?

  1. 1 Schrader Getting Rocked To Kick Off Northern Sun Play « Northern Sun Baseball Trackback on February 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm

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