Trojans Picked First In Southeast Region Preseason Poll

Trojans Picked First In Southeast Region Preseason Poll

The University of Mount Olive Baseball team, on the heels of being named to finish first in the Conference Carolinas, was picked to finish first in the Southeast Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Drew Ellis was also named to the preseason 2nd team all-region team.

The Trojans claimed the No. 1 seed and regional host of the 2017 Southeast Regional Tournament last season after capturing their 15th Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship title and eighth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, as they went 48-10 overall and 25-2 in Conference Carolinas competition. Mount Olive was also ranked as high as No. 1 in NCAA DII last year.

Mount Olive returns 23 players, including 2017 D2CCA All-American First Baseman Drew Ellis, to the 2018 squad. Head Coach Carl Lancaster has also added 22 new faces with an even mix of freshmen and transfers to the Trojan dugout this season.

UMO opens their season on February 3, at 12 p.m., when they travel to Greenwood, S.C., to take on the Bearcats of Lander University in a doubleheader.

 

Rank

Team (1st place)

Points

1

Mount Olive (3)

88

2

North Georgia (5)

86

3

Catawba (2)

84

4

UNC Pembroke

62

5

USC Aiken

54

6

Georgia College

48

7

Belmont Abbey

46

8

Lincoln Memorial

39

9

North Greenville

23

10

Columbus State

10

NCBWA Preseason All-Southeast Region Team

1st Team
C - Brandon Purcell, Georgia College
1B - Mason McClellan, Columbus State
2B - Kyle Smith, Catawba
3B – Cal Gentry, Georgia College
SS - Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial
OF - Nick Beinlich, Belmont Abbey
OF - Luke Setzer, Catawba
OF -  Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial
DH - Bill Leroy, North Georgia
UT - Ethan Crout, Flagler
SP - Daniel McCrary, North Georgia
SP - Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
SP - Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
RP - Griffin Hollifield, Coker

2nd Team
C - Brian Parreira, USC Aiken
1B - Drew Ellis, Mount Olive
2B - Daulton Martin, Tusculum
3B - Chase Allen, Limestone
SS - Zach Piazza, Limestone
OF - Logan Mattix, Georgia College
OF - Jose Bonilla, USC Aiken
OF - Roberto Rivera, UNC Pembroke
DH - Ben Herring, Newberry
UT - Jarratt Mobley, UNC Pembroke
SP - Anthony Burke, UNC Pembroke
SP - Steven Bower, North Georgia
SP - Michael Livingston, Young Harris
RP - Cole Hinnant, Francis Marion