Warriors Selected #1 in Preseason Poll
Lewiston, ID-The Lewis-Clark State College baseball team is ranked #1 in Baseball America’s NAIA Preseason Poll released Friday, January 25th. The Warriors are looking to gain back the NAIA crown after losing to Birmingham-Southern College, who have since moved on to NCAA Division I. Baseball America is a magazine that promotes both professional and amateur baseball bi-weekly.
Lewis-Clark State (54-14) also placed two players on the NAIA Preseason All-America Team. Senior designated hitter Zeph Zinsman and junior pitcher Collin Perschon were selected. Zinsman is a transfer from NCAA Division I power, Louisiana State University. Last year, he batted .302 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI. Zinsman earned National Player of the Week honors and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Baton Rouge Regional. Perschon went 4-0 with a 4.52 ERA and collected a staff-high 94 strikeouts. He also picked up three saves. Perschon set a NAIA World Series record, last year, when he struck out seven Bellevue University batters in a row. He registered 16 in that game.
Perschon is rated as the #3 prospect in the NAIA ranks. Tim Petke, a transfer from the University of Southern California, is rated as the #5 prospect. He did not play last year after a failed transfer to Purdue University. This past summer, Petke earned first team All-Pacific International League, after posting a 7-1 record with a 1.47 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched for the Aloha Knights.
The rest of the top five looks like this: 2) Bellevue, NE (49-18); 3) Oklahoma City (58-12); 4) Dallas Baptist, TX (40-18); 5) Auburn-Montgomery (50-16).
The Warriors are scheduled to open the season Friday, February 8th, at Grand Canyon University, at 2:00 PM MT. L-C opens their home schedule on Friday, February 15th, against Central Washington University, at 2:00 PM, at Harris Field.
The complete list of All-America and top prospects are listed below:
C–Dan Barnett, Sr., Warner Southern, Fla. (.405-16-75, 25 SB).
1B–Wes Hayden, Sr., Marian, Ind. (.422-15-60).
2B–Trevor Vaught, Sr., Shawnee State, Ohio (.444-5-30).
3B–Arian Alcala, Sr., St. Thomas, Fla. (.418-15-61).
SS–Josh Causey, Jr., Dallas Baptist, Texas (.349-7-38).
OF–Kennard Bibbs, Sr., Oklahoma City (.352-2-29, 52 SB); T.J. Bohn, Sr., Bellevue, Neb. (.284-8-36 at Iowa State); Greg Young, Sr., St. Scholastica Minn. (.474-9-69, 40 SB).
DH–Zeph Zinsman, Sr., Lewis-Clark State, Idaho (.302-16-45 at Louisiana State).
P–Jeff Francis, Jr., British Columbia (12-3, 0.92); Brett Nyquist, Jr., St. Scholastica, Minn. (6-4, 1.98, 57 IP/72 SO); Collin Perschon, Jr., Lewis-Clark State, Idaho (4-0, 4.52, 71 IP/94 SO); Dan Reed, Jr., Dallas Baptist, Texas (10-1, 2.82 at Panola JC); Rich Scalamandre, Sr., Dominican, N.Y. (11-3, 2.33, 96 IP/116 SO).
Player of the Year: Kennard Bibbs, of, Oklahoma City
Pitcher of the Year: Jeff Francis, lhp, British Columbia
1. Jeff Francis, lhp, British Columbia
2. Brett Nyquist, lhp, St. Scholastica, Minn.
3. Collin Perschon, rhp, Lewis-Clark State, Idaho
4. Dan Reed, lhp, Dallas Baptist, Texas
5. Tim Petke, rhp, Lewis-Clark State, Idaho
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