AAC Announces Baseball and Softball Preseason Polls
The Appalachian Athletic Conference releases pre-season baseball and softball polls for the upcoming season.
November 22, 2010
Coach White enters into his 6th season as the Rams head coach.
Bluefield, VA—The Appalachian Athletic Conference releases pre-season baseball and softball polls for the upcoming season.
The Rams baseball team is ranked third behind Tennessee Wesleyan who received 55 points, and Union College who received 44 points. The Rams received 35 points to follow behind the two AAC teams that played in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) tournament.
Tennessee Wesleyan and Bluefield played in the AAC Tournament game, in which Tennessee Wesleyan beat the Rams. Following that game the Rams advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series for the second straight year. The Rams lost in the championship game to North Greenville, South Carolina 7-6.
The Rams will continue on the success of the past two seasons having lost seniors Tony Singleton, Devin Good, Brian Deal, K.J. Sobolewski, Donald Howell, and Jeremiah McMillian off of the 2010 team. The Rams and Tennessee Wesleyan both finished the year with over 40 wins.
Rounding out the baseball poll is Milligan College (33), Reinhardt University (25), Bryan College (18), Montreat College (14), and Virginia Intermont College (7).
The Rams are coached by the 6th year head coach and NCCAA Coach of the Year, Mike White, whose team had attended the NCCAA World Series four out of six seasons and brought home the schools lone national title. White was also named in 2007 as the Mid- Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. The Rams have broken numerous records under Coach White's tenure.
The softball pre-season polls placed the Lady Rams in the last place in the AAC with six votes. Topping to poll was Reinhardt University with 42 points, Montreat with 36, Union with 30, Milligan with 27, Virginia Intermont with 23, Tennessee Wesleyan with 21 and Bryan College with 12 points.
The Lady Rams lost the lone senior from the 2010 team in Lindsey Palmer; they also lost Alexa Carter who will be on the sideline helping head softball coach Charolette Shelton coach as a student assistant coach.