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Valpo Baseball Tabbed Third in Horizon League
Valpo enters 2012 picked third in the Horizon League. (Ray Acevedo)
Valpo enters 2012 picked third in the Horizon League. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Valparaiso University has been picked to finish in third place this season in the Horizon League according to the 2012 preseason poll as voted upon by the league’s head coaches.

Head coach Tracy Woodson’s squad returns 16 letterwinners from last year’s team, which saw the Crusaders finish 25-32 overall and 14-10 in the Horizon League. The Crusaders finished runner-up in the Horizon League Tournament after posting a fourth place finish during the regular season

The Crusaders tallied 16 points in the preseason poll to garner a third place prediction, just three points behind second place UIC.  Wright State was tabbed to defend its league title from last season, earning five of the six first place votes.  Milwaukee was picked to finish fourth behind Valpo while Butler and Youngstown State rounded out the poll in fifth and sixth respectively.

The voting, done by the league’s head coaches, awarded five points for a first place vote through one point for an fifth place vote.  Coaches could not vote for their own team.

Valparaiso will open the 2012 regular season on Friday, February 17 in Murray, Ky. to begin a three-game series with Murray State.   First pitch in the opener is set for 2 p.m. 

 

2012 Horizon League Baseball Preseason Poll

 

1.

Wright State (5)

25

3.

UIC (1)

19

3.

Valparaiso

16

4.

Milwaukee

15

5.

Butler

10

6.

Youngstown State

5

 

(First place votes in parentheses)

 

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler