The Shockers accumulated 56 points and six first-place votes in the poll. Missouri State was picked second in the poll with 55 points and two first-place votes, while Illinois State was picked to finish third with 46 points.
Four Shockers earned preseason all-Valley honors including junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie, junior catcher Tyler Baker, senior outfielder Garrett Bayliff and senior relief pitcher Aaron LaBrie.
Baker was a first team all-Valley selection in 2013, while Gillaspie and Bayliff were second team selections and LaBrie was honorable mention.
The Shockers open play on Fri., Feb. 14 against SIU Edwardsville at 3 p.m. at Eck Stadium.
Valley Preseason Poll
|1. Wichita State (6)||56|
|2. Missouri State (2)||55|
|3. Illinois State||46|
|4. Dallas Baptist||44|
|5. Southern Illinois||28|
|7. Indiana State||23|
Preseason All-Valley Team
1B – Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
2B – Chris Godinez, Bradley
3B – Brock Stewart, Illinois State
SS – Jake Welch, Southern Illinois
C – Tyler Baker, Wichita State
UT – Jake Mahon, Evansville
DH – Greg Partyka, Bradley
OF – Garrett Bayliff, Wichita State
OF – Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville
OF – Tate Matheny, Missouri State
SP – Jon Harris, Missouri State
SP – Dan Savas, Illinois State
RP – Aaron LaBrie, Wichita State
RP – Jeremy Rhoades, Illinois State