The 2017 Iowa Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll was released to the public on Thursday, and Buena Vista was picked by the league coaches to finish third.
BVU netted 52 total points, including one first-place vote (coaches not allowed to vote for their own team). The Beavers finished as the regular season runners-up in 2016 after going 33-11 overall (22-6 IIAC).
Wartburg College (59pts) edged Luther College (58pts) as the top team in the poll. The Knights were the regular season champions in 2016 while the Norse claimed the IIAC Tournament title and the automatic berth into the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Coe College (40pts) was picked fourth with Dubuque (37pts) rounding out the top-five.
Buena Vista is set to begin its 2017 campaign on February 25-26 where it's set to play three games over the two days in St. Louis, starting with UW-Platteville on the 25th at 12:00pm. The IIAC schedule gets underway when BVU is in Arizona over Spring Break. The Beavers will play their three-game series with Luther beginning with the nine-inning game on March 24 at 5:00pm. The DH will take play the following day starting at 2:00pm.
2017 IIAC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll
|Rank||School (1st place votes)||Points||2016 Record|
|1.||Wartburg College(4)||59||34-13, 24-4 IIAC (IIAC Regular Season Champions)|
|2.||Luther College (4)||58||34-14, 17-11 IIAC (IIAC Tournament Champions)|
|3.||Buena Vista University (1)||52||33-11, 22-6 IIAC|
|4.||Coe College||40||18-22, 12-16 IIAC|
|5.||University of Dubuque||37||19-23, 12-16 IIAC|
|6.||Loras College||24||14-24, 8-20 IIAC|
|T7.||Central College||21||10-30, 7-21 IIAC|
|T7.||Nebraska Wesleyan||21||12-28, 3-17GPAC|
|9.||Simpson College||12||14-29, 10-18 IIAC|