The Shockers accumulated 47 points and one first-place vote in the poll. Missouri State was picked first in the poll with 60 points and six first-place votes, while Illinois State and Indiana State finished tied for third with 45 points each. The Redbirds picked up the final first-place vote.
Senior first baseman Johnny Coy earned preseason all-Valley honors at first base. Coy earned first team all-Valley honors in 2012 as the designated hitter.
The Shockers open play on Fri., Feb. 15 against Pittsburgh at 3 p.m. at Eck Stadium.
Valley Preseason Poll
|1.||Missouri State (6)||60|
|2.||Wichita State (1)||47|
|T3.||Illinois State (1)||45|
Preseason All-Valley Team
||Johnny Coy, Wichita State|
|2B||Chris Godinez, Bradley|
|3B||Zac Johnson, Illinois State|
|SS||Brett Kay, Illinois State|
|C||Luke Voit, Missouri State|
|UT||Austin Montgomery, Southern Illinois|
|DH||Greg Partyka, Bradley|
|OF||Eric Aguilera, Illinois State|
|OF||Keenen Maddox, Missouri State|
|OF||Robby Ort, Indiana State|
|SP||Sean Manaea, Indiana State|
|SP||Nick Petree, Missouri State|
|RP||Tyler Burgess, Missouri State|
|RP||Todd Eaton, Southern Illinois|