Braves selected to finish second in KCAC baseball coaches poll

Baseball | Wed, February 2, 2022

WICHITA, Kan. — Oklahoma Wesleyan University has taken first place in the 2022 KCAC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll, the conference office announced Tuesday. The Eagles were the unanimous No. 1 team, receiving first-place votes on all seven ballots submitted and scoring 84 points overall. Last season, Oklahoma Wesleyan won the regular-season conference title with a 29-4 mark in KCAC play, part of a 44-6 overall record.

Ottawa was ranked second in the pre-season poll by coaches, amassing 72 points overall. The Braves set a school record for wins last season with 37, hitting the 30 win mark for only the fourth time in program history. Ottawa was the No. 5 seed in the KCAC Baseball Championship Tournament, but ended up making a run and beating McPherson College in the championship final. OU qualified for the program’s first NAIA opening round.

“It’s a great honor for our guys to be voted second in the conference to start the season,” OU baseball head coach Gabe Grinder said. “There has been a lot of work to be recognized like this and our players understand that there is still a lot of work to do. We are looking forward to kicking off the season, seeing how this team comes together and ultimately building to from what we did last year.”

Tabor College completed the Top 3 in the conference’s preseason poll, trailing Ottawa by just one point. Tabor had the second-best regular season record in the conference a year ago, going 25-8 in conference play as part of a 34-15 overall record.

2022 KCAC BASEBALL PRESEASON COACHES SURVEY

RANK

INSTITUTION

TOTAL POINTS (FIRST PLACE VOTES)

1

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

84 (7)

2

University of Ottawa

72

3

Tabor College

71

T4

Kansas Wesleyan University

60

T4

McPherson College

60

6

friends university

48

seven

Bethany College

46

8

Sterling College

30

9

Southwestern College

27

ten

York College

25

11

St. Mary’s University

15

12

Avila University

8

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