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GPAC preseason baseball & softball polls

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Northwestern College is the preseason favorite in the GPAC baseball coaches poll. Northwestern College is the preseason favorite in the GPAC baseball coaches poll.

Hastings College, champions of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season in 2013, is the coaches’ choice to win the 2014 GPAC softball title. The
Broncos totaled 95 points and six first place votes in the preseason poll. Hastings posted a 29-14 record last spring while posting a 16-4 record in the GPAC.

Morningside, winners of the GPAC postseason last year, is picked second with 91 points and four first place votes. The Mustangs posted a record of 31-16. Midland and Northwestern were picked third and fourth with 75 and 73 points respectively and Midland tallied the last first place vote.

The GPAC softball season will consist of 20 games (10 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC Postseason Tournament on May 1-3 at the Smith
Softball Complex in Hastings, Nebraska.

Points were assigned on a 10-1 basis and coaches’ could not vote for their own team.
Here is the complete GPAC Softball 2014 preseason coaches’ poll:

Team Points
First Place Votes
1.Hastings 95 6
2.Morningside 91 4
3.Midland 75 1
4.Northwestern 73
5.Doane 69
6.Nebraska Wesleyan 52
7.Concordia 45
8.Briar Cliff 35
9.Dakota Wesleyan 31
10.Dordt 23
11.Mount Marty 16

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Northwestern, with 99 points and nine first place votes, is the Great Plains
Athletic Conference (GPAC) baseball coaches’ choice to win the 2014 league title. The Red Raiders, who won the GPAC regular and postseason championships last spri
ng, posted a 31-19 record in 2013 (17-3 in the GPAC).

Midland was the GPAC’s second representative, and joined Northwestern, in the NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round. The Warriors, at 31-26 in 2013, were the runner-ups of the GPAC postseason tournament.

The GPAC baseball season will consist of 20 games (10 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC Postseason Tournament on May 1-3 in Mitchell, South Dakota, at Cadwell Park and Drake Field.

New to GPAC baseball in 2014 is that conference doubleheaders will consist of one seven inning and one nine inning game (prior was two – seven inning
games). The seven inning game will be played first in the doubleheader. If the first game goes to extra innings the second game automatically becomes a seven i
nningcontest.

“The postseason in the NAIA is all nine inning games and we felt the need to start and prepare our teams during the regular season for this change and type of game,” said Corey Westra, GPAC Commissioner.“The one-seven and one-nine inning game doubleheader is a good compromise and use of our time and travel in the conference.” “I am excited to see nine-inning games during the GPAC regular season and how our teams will adjust and compete,” added Westra.

Points were assigned on a 10-1 basis and coaches’ could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete GPAC Baseball 2014 preseason coaches’ poll:

Team Points
First Place Votes
1.Northwestern 99 9
2.Doane 87 1
3.Morningside 80 1
4.Midland 74
5.Mount Marty 59
6.Dakota Wesleyan 55
7.Nebraska Wesleyan 48
8.Briar Cliff 34
9.Concordia 30
10.Hastings 28
11.Dordt 11

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