FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Shenandoah University baseball team is picked to finish second in the upcoming USA South Conference baseball race in poll results released Wednesday afternoon by the conference office.
The Hornets, who won the 2011 USA South Conference regular season title, have 31 points and one first place vote in the poll of the league's seven head baseball coaches.
Voting is done on a 6-1 basis and coaches cannot vote for their own team in the poll.
Christopher Newport, the tournament champion for last year, is the pick to win it all in 2012. CNU had 36 points and six first-place votes.
Shenandoah won 37 games, spent a month as the nation's No. 1 ranked team and appeared in its third straight South Region title game last season.
SU opens its 2012 season on February 17 against No. 4 Cortland (N.Y.) State.