March 11, 2010

Baseball Picked Fifth In Preseason Poll

BAY CITY, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University baseball team has been selected to finish fifth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for the 2010 season in preseason voting conducted by the league's head coaches.  The Cardinals received 21 points to finish three points ahead of sixth-place University of Findlay in the poll.  Grand Valley State University is the preseason favorite of the league's coaches, receiving six of seven possible first-place votes to finish six points ahead of second place Ashland University, which received the other two first-place votes.

Saginaw Valley State University

Overview: Saginaw Valley has a boatload of talent returning to the nest as the Cardinals hope to use some strong bats to blast their way to success in 2010. Among the top returning hitters for the Cardinals is Kevin Dore, a senior second baseman who batted .381 with 40 hits, 22 runs scored and 11 RBI. Dore was named to the Daktronics, Inc. Baseball All- Midwest Region Second Team last season. Also back is senior right fielder Charlie Thomas, who had 57 hits, 38 RBI and five home runs to help comprise his .358 batting average. Catcher Ryan Webber and left fielder Josh Peterson are back off 50-hit seasons for the Cardinals. Both also swatted five home runs. Webber was named the team’s most valuable player last season. Sophomore third baseman Jason Potts is back after hitting .311 in 2009. Chase Coulter batted .298 and Mike VanAlst batted .283 for Saginaw Valley and are back for the 2010 season.

2009 Record: 19-28-1 overall, 13-19-1 GLIAC

Coaching: Walt Head has a career record of 772-532-6 in 28 seasons as head coach of the Cardinals.

Noteworthy: Charlie Thomas was awarded the GLIAC Commissioner’s Award for academic and athletic achievements on the baseball field and in the classroom.

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