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PAC Coaches Predict Bison to Finish 6th in Preseason Baseball Poll

Feb. 19 -GREENVILLE, Pa. – The 2013 PAC Preseason Poll had the Bethany College baseball team in a tie with Westminster for sixth place, according to the balloting conducted among the conference coaches.

The Bison just missed out on a spot in the PAC Tournament last spring, but came up short with an overall record of 16-22 and a 10-14 mark in the league. The Green and White totaled 32 points in this year’s poll to finish even with defending tournament champion Westminster for the sixth spot in the rankings.

Last year’s regular season champion Washington& Jefferson garnered six first place votes and 77 total points to top the poll. Thomas More picked up one first place vote and 70 points to take second and they were followed by Saint Vincent (53), Thiel (49), Waynesburg (47), Bethany and Westminster, Grove City (23) and Geneva (22).

The league also selected Players to Watch for the upcoming season and four Bison earned spots on the list. Headlining the honorees were a pair of All-PAC selections from last year in senior first baseman/closer Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell), who was a Second Team all-conference pick and Third Team All-Mideast Region selection, and sophomore pitcher Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), who earned Honorable Mention status.

Also noted as Players to Watch were senior pitcher Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who sat out last year due to injury but was the team’s top starter in 2011, and sophomore outfielder Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly), who led the team in home runs and RBI as a freshman.

Bethany’s season will open with a stiff test, as the Bison will take on Washington & Jefferson in a three-game series March 9-10. After hosting the Presidents in a twinbill at Bethany Park on the 9th, BC will go to Washington for the third game of the set on Sunday the 10th.