WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Baseball team has been picked third in the NACC Preseason Poll, voted on by the leagues head coaches and sports information directors.
The Falcons are coming off a 23-19 season, including a 13-7 record in the NACC. CUW finished in a three-way tie for second place in the NACC regular season a year ago with Benedictine and Aurora. The Falcons return most of their starting positional players from last season as they head into 2017. CUW will need to replace a lot of innings from last year as they head into the spring.
Concordia Chicago was picked to capture a fifth-consecutive NACC title, receiving 21-of-22 first-place votes and 241 poll points. Edgewood, who was tabbed seventh in the preseason poll, received the other first-place vote.
Benedictine (212) was picked second, followed by the Falcons (187) and Aurora (182). MSOE (137) came in fifth, while Dominican (127) was tabbed sixth.
Edgewood (126) was next in line and was followed by Rockford (93) and Wisconsin Lutheran (60). Marian (51) and Lakeland (36) rounded out the poll.
The Falcons will start their 2017 season with a three-game series at Chapman University in Orange, California set for March 3-5. The NACC opener is set for April 1 at Wisconsin Lutheran, while the home opener will be April 2 against Aurora.
2017 NACC Preseason Poll
Concordia Chicago (21), 241
Concordia Wisconsin, 187
Edgewood (1), 126
Wisconsin Lutheran, 60