Baseball Voted Fourth in Big Ten Preseason Poll
Alleman, Gibson and Pickens on the Players to Watch list.
Feb. 12, 2014
Rosemont, Ill. - The Big Ten released its annual baseball preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday and the Spartans were selected to finish fourth. The conference coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list.
Indiana was chosen first in the preseason poll, followed by Nebraska, Ohio State, MSU, Illinois and Michigan.
Sophomore starting pitcher Justin Alleman, sophomore outfielder Cam Gibson and junior outfielder Jimmy Pickens were tabbed the Spartans' Big Ten Players to Watch. Pickens was a second-team All-Conference selection last year, while Gibson earned a spot on the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team.
The Spartans are coming off their fourth consecutive 30-win season as they went 33-17 a year ago.
Michigan State will open then 2014 season this weekend when it travels to Cary, N.C., for four games. On Friday, MSU will meet Monmouth, followed by UMass-Lowell and Wright State on Saturday. MSU will wrap up its four-game weekend vs. Canisius on Sunday.
2014 BIG TEN BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL (top six teams)
3. Ohio State
4. Michigan State
CAPS denotes a unanimous selection
2014 BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kevin Duchene, So., SP, Illinois
David Kerian, Jr., 1B, Illinois
Ronnie Muck, Sr., RP, Illinois
Dustin DeMuth, Sr., 3B, Indiana
Kyle Schwarber, Jr., C, Indiana
Sam Travis, Jr., 1B, Indiana
Sasha Kuebel, Jr., SP, Iowa
Eric Toole, Jr., CF, Iowa
Jake Yacinich, Jr., SS, Iowa
Jacob Cronenworth, So., IF/RP, Michigan
Evan Hill, So., SP, Michigan
Travis Maezes, So., SS, Michigan
Justin Alleman, So., SP, Michigan State
Cam Gibson, So., OF, Michigan State
Jimmy Pickens, Jr., OF, Michigan State
Alec Crawford, Sr., SP, Minnesota
Matt Halloran, Sr., C, Minnesota
Ben Meyer, Jr., SP, Minnesota
Aaron Bummer, Jr., SP, Nebraska
Pat Kelly, Jr., 2B, Nebraska
Michael Pritchard, Sr., OF/DH, Nebraska
Brandon Magallones, Jr., SP, Northwestern
Matt Portland, So., SP, Northwestern
Kyle Ruchim, Sr., IF, Northwestern
Trace Dempsey, Jr., RP, Ohio State
Josh Dezse, Jr., P/DH, Ohio State
Patrick Porter, Jr., OF, Ohio State
James Coates, So., OF, Penn State
Alex Farkes, Sr., C, Penn State
Greg Guers, So., OF, Penn State
Sean McHugh, Sr., 3B/C, Purdue
Jordan Minch, So., SP, Purdue
Kyle Wood, So., SP/1B, Purdue