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Buena Vista picked to win Iowa Conference baseball title

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Buena Vista has been picked to win the IIAC baseball title. Buena Vista has been picked to win the IIAC baseball title.
STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -
The Buena Vista baseball team received four of a possible seven first-place votes (coaches can’t vote for their own team) and finished with 52 overall points to edge Wartburg College as the favorite to win the 2014 IIAC regular season title according to the preseason coaches poll released by the league office on Wednesday.
The Knights, last year's regular season and tournament champion, tallied a pair of first-place votes and finished with 51 points while Coe College, last year's regular season and tournament runner-up, earned one first-place vote and finished third in the poll with 45 points.  Loras College received the final first-place vote and tied for fifth with Central College at 30 points.
It's the fifth straight year that BVU has been picked as one of the top-two teams in the preseason coaches poll and the third time it was picked as the league favorite (2011 & 2012).
With 17 letterwinners back from last year's team that placed third, head coach Steve Eddie and his squad look to make another deep postseason run.  But he knows the road through the league this season will not be easy.
"The Iowa Conference should be a league of parity," says Eddie.  "I would predict the last conference weekend will determine who makes the tournament, and a majority of the seeds won't be known until the last out is retired. All eight teams will have a chance to finish anywhere in the league standings.  It should be an amazing year."
Buena Vista is currently 6-1 overall and ranked 30th nationally in the ABCA/Rawlings poll released on Tuesday.  The Beavers begin their spring break trip this Sunday in Tucson, Ariz., with games against Gustavus Adolphus (1:00pm CT) and Carthage College (5:00pm CT).
BVU will also open IIAC play while in the desert against Luther College.  The two teams will open their four-game series on Friday, March 28 at 11:00am CT.
A complete list of the preseason coaches poll is below.
Rank  
School (1st place votes)  
Points  
2013 Record
1
Buena Vista (4)
52
23-19, (15-13 IIAC)
2
Wartburg (2)
51
35-11, (20-6 IIAC)
3
Coe (1)
45
28-14, (19-7IIAC)
4
Simpson
33
18-23, (12-16 IIAC)
5
Loras (1)
30
19-21, (11-15 IIAC)
 
Central
30
22-19, (12-14 IIAC)
7
Luther
23
14-22, (10-18 IIAC)
8
Dubuque
16
11-25, (9-19 IIAC)
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