Feb. 3, 2014
DENVER -- Utah Valley University was picked to finish fourth in the 2014 WAC regular season in a vote by the league's 10 head coaches. Bakersfield, which won a share of last season's regular season title, was selected to finish first.
The Wolverines finished 24-30 last year in the Great West Conference. The Wolverines won the Great West regular season and tournament titles in three of the four years of the league's existence.
"The guys have put a lot of time in and worked very hard during the fall and winter and are anxious to get on the field," said head coach Eric Madsen. "Entering the league we are obviously familiar with the old Great West programs and with some WAC programs we've competed against in the past. It will be interesting to see how things shape out. I think it will be a very competitive and deep league with everyone fighting for a chance to play in the tournament.”
CSUB received 80 points and eight first place votes as the coaches pick to finish first. The 'Runners went 37-22 overall last season with an 18-9 mark in the WAC. CSUB went 2-1 at last year's WAC Tournament.
New Mexico State ranked second with 70 points and one first place vote. NM State was followed by Sacramento State with 68 points and a first place vote. Utah Valley, in its inaugural WAC season, received 50 points.
Grand Canyon, who will play its first year as a Division I member, was picked fifth with 45 points. Texas-Pan American received 37 points to earn the No. 6 spot, followed by Seattle U in seventh with 35 points. Northern Colorado was eighth with 34 points. North Dakota received 22 points to place ninth, while Chicago State was 10th with nine points.
The 52nd year of WAC baseball begins Friday, February 14 when nine of the league's 10 teams will open regular season play. The WAC Tournament will be held in Mesa, Ariz. at Cubs Park, May 21-25. The top six teams from the regular season standings will advance to the double-elimination tournament.