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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Conference Preview: Ohio Valley

Vincent Cervino        
Photo: Morehead State Athletics

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Predicted Order of Finish

Overall/conference win-loss records from 2017 indicated | * Denotes projected conference automatic bid

No. Team W L W L
1 Tennessee Tech* 41 21 23 7
2 Morehead State 36 23 18 11
3 Belmont 31 29 17 13
4 Jacksonville State 30 26 17 13
5 Southeast Missouri 29 26 16 14
6 Murray State 29 30 15 15
7 Austin Peay 28 30 13 16
8 Eastern Illinois 21 35 12 18
9 SIU Edwardsville 23 29 11 19
10 Eastern Kentucky 24 32 10 20
11 Tennessee-Martin 25 30 12 18

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C Brock Weimer Jr. SIU-Edwardsville .329-15-50; physical w/ big power, solid receiver
1B Chase Chambers Sr. Tennessee Tech .299-18-61; lots of pull-side power, strength & size
2B Jimmy Govern Jr. Eastern Illinois .335-11-50; good pop for size, solid defense at 2B
SS Reid Leonard Jr. Morehead State .328-2-48; adv. bat-to-ball, pure hitter, good app.
3B Eli Boggess Sr. Morehead State .425-7-40; led OVC in BA, adv. bat-to-ball & eye
OF Kevin Strohschein Jr. Tennessee Tech .292-14-60; huge FR year, big arm, draft follow
OF Niko Hulsizer Jr. Morehead State .349-27-82; record-setting '17, loud tools, + raw pop
OF Brandon Gutzler R-Sr. Murray State .353-16-71; power to all fields, adv. app., .626 SLG
DH Matt Albert Sr. Eastern Illinois .273-16-52; big HR spike, tons of extra-base hits
UT Trent Simpson Sr. Jacksonville State .306-12-50/ 3.96 20:10; big pop w/ bat; adv. CH 
SP Carlos Vega Sr. Southeast Missouri 4.08, 35.1 IP, 45:12; former closer, T92 w/ good mix
SP Dylan King Jr. Belmont 4.07, 84 IP, 108:25; good summer on Cape, projects
SP Travis Moths Sr. Tennessee Tech 3.88, 48.2 IP, 69:15; good CH, K stuff, moving to SP
SP Derrick Adams Jr. Jacksonville State 5.04, 85.2 IP, 94:45; pitchabilty LHP, adv. command
RP Ethan Roberts Jr. Tennessee Tech 3.97, 47.2 IP, 77:13, 13 SV; exp. closer, strikeout stuff

Player of the Year: Niko Hulsizer, of, Morehead State
Pitcher of the Year: Dylan King, rhp, Belmont
Freshman of the Year: Grant Wood, if, Murray State

Top Prospects

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