Baseball Picked Fifth in USA South Preseason Coaches Poll

Baseball Picked Fifth in USA South Preseason Coaches Poll

Pfeiffer Baseball Picked Fifth in USA South Preseason Coaches Poll

Misenheimer, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2019) –The Pfeiffer University baseball team has been picked to finish fifth as the USA South released its 2019 Preseason Coaches Poll on Wednesday afternoon.

The Falcons, fresh off a 31-7 season in 2018, are riding a 19-game winning streak dating back to March 18, 2018. In 2018, the Falcons were also near-perfect at home, posting an 18-1 record at Joe Ferebee Field.

Pfeiffer returns 26 players from 2018, including four starters, highlighted by senior Mason Striplin (Kernersville, N.C.).  Last season, Striplin had a team-best .415 batting average, while collecting 35 hits while posting 16 RBI.  Also returning is senior Kirby Lambert (Robbins, N.C.), who batted .395 last season, rapping out 51 hits, including 12 doubles and 12 home runs.  His 12 round-trippers led all Falcon players. He also had a team-best 50 RBI.

The Falcons also return a solid pitching staff from 2018, led by Will Altemueller (Elkin, N.C.) and Nick Richmond (Reidsville, N.C.).  Altemueller went 7-2 last season in 13 appearances, striking out 37 batters.  He finished with a 3.24 ERA last season in 58.1 innings pitched.

Richmond carried a 3.77 ERA in 2018, and posted a team-high 90 strikeouts in 74.0 innings of work, making 14 appearances.

Methodist received six first-place votes and received 137 points to claim the top spot while LaGrange and Piedmont both received 130 points to tie for second.  Maryville earned the fourth spot with 100 points while Pfeiffer got 96 points, good for fifth.

Pfeiffer opens the 2019 campaign on Saturday, Feb. 16 with a home doubleheader against Washington & Lee.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Joe Ferebee Field.

2019 USA South Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll

Pos.

Team (1st Place Votes)

Points

1

Methodist (6)

137

T2

LaGrange (4)

130

T2

Piedmont (3)

130

4

Maryville

100

5

Pfeiffer

96

6

Huntingdon

94

7

N.C. Wesleyan

81

8

Greensboro

67

9

William Peace

55

10

Covenant

54

11

Averett

32

12

Brevard

26

13

Berea

12