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Wheeling and West Liberty First and Second In MEC Baseball Poll

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — On Wednesday, the Mountain East Conference (MEC) released its annual Baseball preseason poll ranking the north and south divisions. The Wheeling University Baseball team was picked as the favorite to win the MEC North Division this season, after claiming the conference title last season finishing 27-14. It was a big year for the Cardinals, as they broke the school record for wins in a season, but the expectations are still higher than ever entering 2022.

Wheeling returns most of their key players from last season, with six of the eight All-MEC award winners from last season returning. The group is highlighted by 2022 National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) Preseason All-Region Award winners Jacob Murray and Chris Iazzetta. They are joined by a group of 18 returning position players and 10 returning pitchers who are looking to continue to move the program forward and compete for a spot in the NCAA National Tournament.

Coach Eric Burkle’s West Liberty University baseball team was the No. 2 pick in the Mountain East Conference North Division.

Burkle welcomes back several key figures from last year’s North Division runner-up squad, led by the All-MEC trio of outfielder Ty Helmke – a preseason All-Atlantic Region selection – infielder Kaden Blomquist and starting pitcher Ian Brady. The veteran coach is also looking forward to seeing another strong recruiting class hitting the Kovalick Field diamond for the Black and Gold.

Wheeling beat out the Hilltoppers for the No. 1 spot in the North with Fairmont State, Frostburg State, Notre Dame (Ohio) and Alderson Broaddus slotting in behind the West Liberty.

In the South Division, Concord barely held off West Virginia State and Charleston for the No. 1 preseason ranking. Glenville State was a distant fourth with Davis & Elkins and West Virginia Wesleyan rounding out the list.

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