Camels picked second in Big South preseason poll

Camels picked second in Big South preseason poll

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell has been voted second in the 2017 Big South Preseason Baseball Poll, announced today by the league office.

The Camels picked up two first place votes, coming in just shy of preseason favorite High Point, which collected four first place tallies. Liberty (2), Longwood (1) and Gardner-Webb (1) also gathered first place nods, taking third, fifth and sixth in the poll, respectively.

Winthrop was voted fourth, while Radford, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern and UNC Asheville rounded out the voting.

Points were based on a weighted system, with first-place votes receiving 10 points, followed by 9 points for second-place, and so on.

Gardner-Webb's Collin Thacker was name the Big South Preseason Player of the Year, while Winthrop lefty Matt Crohan was tabbed Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Camels finished 26-27 overall and 13-11 in Big South play, just one game out of second place, in 2016. Campbell returns five starting position players, including 2015 All-America pick and Big South Player of the Year Cole Hallum, as well as one starting weekend arm.

Since 2012, the Camels own three 40 win seasons, 189 total wins, eight All-America selections, five Academic All-Americans, 10 professional contracts, two Major League Baseball players and 28 all-conference picks.

The Camels begin the 2017 season Feb. 17, hosting Northern Kentucky at Jim Perry Stadium.